Explore an interactive representation of the process of science. Home Glossary Search Understanding Science 101 For teachers Resource library
Teaching resources:
Resource database

Get lessons, activities, readers, videos, and more.

Found 7 resources at the College grade level for the concept: Science works only with testable ideas.

imageHydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment
Students learn about the cycling of nutrients, origin of water quality, and the impacts of land use and urbanization on hydrologic systems as they closely examine the data collected and re-evaluate prior hypotheses.

Audience: College

Source: On the Cutting Edge

Resource type: field-based investigation

imageHow scientific is it?
Students are given six knowledge statements and asked to rank them according to how scientific they feel the statements are. A group discussion ensues. This activity is adapted from Scharmann et al. 2005. Journal of Science Teacher Education.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

imageIntroducing the Understanding Science flowchart
Students participate in a quick activity and discuss whether they were doing science. They then read a story about Walter Alvarez, discuss the process of science, and trace his scientific journey using the Science Flowchart.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

imageHigh altitude adaptations: The work of Emilia Huerta-Sánchez
This research profile tells the story of Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and how she uses mathematical modeling to answer evolutionary questions. Students examine data visualizations and learn about the process of science while focusing on adaptations, allele frequencies, and natural selection.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: research profile

imageOrnamentation in birds
In this investigation students explore the connection between competition for mates and the evolution of elaborate traits in birds. Using the online database Birds of North America , students develop and test a set of hypotheses to explain the variation in sexual dimorphism among bird species.

Audience: College

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Resource type: lab activity

imageCells within cells: An extraordinary claim with extraordinary evidence
This Science in Action article on endosymbiosis explores the career of microbiologist, Lynn Margulis and how an unlikely idea overcame strong resistance within the scientific community and finally came to be an accepted part of evolutionary theory.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: article

imageAmazon fly
This short activity quickly engages the participants in the process of developing testable hypotheses. Students come up with multiple hypotheses to explain a set of observations and figure out how to test these hypotheses.

Audience: College

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

Grade(s): K-2  3-5  6-8  9-12  College    Topics: 
Keyword(s):       Types: 
Disciplines:       Sort by:         

To search for teaching materials that address particular concepts in our conceptual framework, visit the teachers' lounge for your grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, or Undergraduate.



Home | About | Copyright | Credits and Collaborations | Contact | Subscribe | Translations