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Found 6 resources at the 6-8 grade level for the concept: The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.

Xenosmilus
In this lesson, students play the roles of paleontologists on a dig. They “unearth” a few fossils at a time and attempt to reconstruct the animal the fossils represent.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

Weathering and erosion
Students will conduct a series of experiments to explore the processes and effects of weathering and erosion.

Audience: 6-8

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity

Dino-Data
Students examine data about dinosaurs and hypothesize about what the data can tell them. Students modify their hypotheses as more information is revealed and review what they have learned about how science works.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

How science works
This Science in Action video uses the Understanding Science Flowchart to follow arachnologist Charles Griswold and colleagues as they describe the process involved in an exciting new spider discovery.

Audience: 6-8

Source: California Academy of Sciences

Resource type: video

Introducing the Understanding Science Flowchart to middle school students
Students read a story about Walter Alvarez and then plot his scientific journey on the Understanding Science Flowchart. Students find that science is seldom a linear story.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

How science works
This video uses the Understanding Science flowchart to describe how a team of scientists investigates climate change throughout Earth's history with ocean sediment cores.

Audience: 6-8

Source: OceanLeadership

Resource type: video

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