Students are presented with a set of data about dinosaurs and are asked to make hypotheses about what the data can tell us.
UC Museum of Paleontology
Two class periods
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Fossils provide evidence of past life. (LS4.A)
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing. (P3, P4, P6, P7)
- Science focuses on natural phenomena and processes. (NOS8)
- The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence. (P6, NOS3)
- Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- Scientists use multiple lines of evidence to study life over time.
- Scientists use fossils to learn about past life. (LS4.A, ESS1.C)
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observations, comparisons, and modeling) to collect evidence. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)