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Found 6 resources at the 6-8 grade level for the concept: Scientists often try to generate multiple explanations for what they observe. (P7)

imageThe great fossil find
Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt and form hypotheses about the identity of the creature they discover. Students revise their hypotheses as new evidence is found.

Audience: 6-8

Source: ENSI

Resource type: classroom activity

imageCrime scene: The case of the missing computer chip
In this classroom activity, teams of students use clues to adjust working hypotheses about an unsolved crime. The nature and process of science are recognized through discussion of the crime solution metaphor.

Audience: 6-8

Source: ENSI

Resource type: classroom activity

imageDino-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

imageIntroducing 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

imageInvestigating a Crime Scene
Two suspicious dogs and a shredded book provide a perfect combination for focusing on the process of science and to do so with a bit of a chuckle. This powerpoint has been developed so that you can ask for student responses throughout.

Audience: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: powerpoint slides

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: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: classroom activity

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