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Integrating the nature and process of science: Exemplary lessons

Sensing energy — In this lesson, students use ultra-violet beads to conduct simple experiments that help them to explore unseen energy produced by the sun. Students are encouraged to make careful observations, take measurements, record data, explain what they expect to happen in particular situations, and communicate their findings. A comprehensive introduction is provided that emphasizes the connections to how science is really done.

Weathering and erosion — In this activity, pairs of students conduct a series of experiments to explore the processes and effects of weathering and erosion. Using the results from these explorations, they design and conduct another experiment comparing the rates of erosion in different biomes. This activity illustrates how scientists use initial observations to inform a hypothesis and how the results of one study or experiment can inspire another.

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