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Dogs and Turnips

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Overview:
In this lesson students attempt to assemble a meaningful sentence by successively turning over cards with words on them. The point is made that we change our ideas of what a story may be as we gather more information.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
6-8

Time:
30 minutes

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing. (P3, P4, P6, P7)

  • 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)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

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