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Understanding Science

Found In: science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Understanding Science was developed for K-16 teachers and students and provides a look at the process of science, its principles and methods. A Site Tour outlines the website. An interactive flow chart How Science Works describes the process scientists use to understand the world.

Understanding Science 101 examines what science is and how it works, how scientific argument is constructed, how science influences and is influenced by society, and how media affects public policy and public perceptions of science. Organized under eight headings, each webpage can be printed and includes a sidebar with supplemental information and links. For example, The Real Process of Science links to an example of science in action and to grade specific strategies and lesson plans.

For Teachers contains grade-leveled resources for the classroom. Resources can be accessed in Teacher Lounges (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12,13-16) or by type. For example the K-2 Lounge provides information on the readiness of elementary students, tips for teachers and starting activities, and strategies for integrating the process and nature of science. In one sample lesson, Watching Animals Move, students observe animals to determine how they move.

Resource Library has a number of sections. The basics covers misconceptions about science and answers frequently asked questions about how science works. Science in Action gives three examples of how science and scientists work. Cells Within Cells: An Extraordinary Claim With Extraordinary Evidence describes how microbiologist Lynn Margulis proposed that several fundamental transitions in evolution occurred, not through competition and speciation, but through cooperation.



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