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The Checks Lab


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Students construct plausible scenarios using bank checks to learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.


Grade level:

One class period.

Teaching tips:
Though there is no real evolution connection, this is a good activity to introduce or reinforce the nature of science.

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

  • Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.

  • A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.

  • Scientists may explore many different hypotheses to explain their observations.

  • Science is a human endeavor.

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