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Online Lessons for Teachers: Learning Evolution

LESSON 1: 

What Is the Nature of Science?

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Activity 1—
A Survey about Science

Students complete a survey of at least five people. They summarize the data in the survey and can discuss most of the survey findings in relationship to the scientific process. Students exhibit a good understanding of the scientific process.

Students complete a survey of at least five people. They summarize the data in the survey but exhibit only a partial understanding of the scientific process.

Students do not complete the surveys or adequately summarize the data. Students have great difficulty explaining the scientific process.

Activity 2—
What Killed the Dinosaurs?

Students take time to make detailed observations from the Web site. They complete both forms and discuss the reasons for their hypothesis of what killed the dinosaurs.

Students make observations but include little detail from the Web site. They complete both forms but cannot justify their own hypothesis with the evidence provided.

Students make only simple observations or no observations. They do not complete the information forms. Students cannot make or justify a hypothesis of what killed the dinosaurs.

Activity 3—
Ancient Farmers of the Amazon

Students take time to make detailed observations from the Web site. Students create a research proposal that shows a thorough understanding of the scientific process. They pose a reasonable hypothesis and create a method for testing the hypothesis.

Students make some observations from the Web site. They create a research proposal but it is not very comprehensive. Their hypothesis is not very complete, but it can be investigated.

Students do not take time to make detailed observations from the Web site. Students create a research proposal that shows little understanding of the scientific process.


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