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Lesson summary for:
Mystery boxes for grades 3-5

Overview:
Working in groups, students pose explanations (hypotheses) for what they are observing and are asked to test their hypotheses. These procedures have been modified from Mystery Boxes: Uncertainty and Collaboration by Jean Beard.

Author/Source:
Janulaw, Sharon

Grade:
3-5

Discipline:
Nature and Process of Science

Time:
one class period

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

  • Scientists ask and address questions. (P1, P3, NOS4)

  • Scientists base their ideas on evidence from the natural world. (P3)

  • Scientific ideas may change with new evidence. (NOS3)

  • Scientists observe, explore, discover, and communicate with one another.

  • Scientists don't always agree with one another. (P7)

  • Scientists explain their ideas and evidence to one another. (P7, P8)

  • Scientists work together.

  • Problem-solving and decision-making benefit from a scientific approach.

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