As Cold As Ice

Do scientists really change their minds when presented with new evidence? Young scientists learn about two competing theories they need to decide between. They perform a simulation and have access to actual field data. Then, scholars present their findings and try to convince others that one theory is better than the other.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide students into groups and have them rotate through the four sites in any order rather than offering all of the data at one time
  • After the lesson, share current photos from each of the sites discussed during the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Either prepare the gak ahead of time or allow time in the lesson for the students to make it themselves
Pros

  • Offers ideas for differentiation
  • Includes sample student responses for each discussion question
  • Provides a grading rubric
Cons

  • None