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Here we provide several tools that can be helpful to you and your students: the Science Checklist, several versions of the Science Flowchart, and the Science Toolkit. Their specific applications are addressed within each Teacher Lounge (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-16).

  • The Science Checklist (PDF) looks at what makes science science — the key features that set science apart from other human endeavors. The checklist examines the nature of science.

  • The Science Flowchart looks at how science really works. It portrays scientific inquiry as a dynamic process. The Flowchart appears in four formats:

    Simple Science Flowchart (PDF) — depicting the four primary components of the process; there is also a Spanish language version

    Complex Science Flowchart (PDF) — depicting the detailed version of the four components; there are also Spanish, French, Japanese, Swahili, and German language versions, as well as a black & white and two blank versions — one in color and one with no color — so that your students can fill in the activities of their own investigations.

    Complex Flowchart Horizontal Poster (PDF) — a landscape-oriented poster that can be printed at a copy shop (dimensions are 37" x 25" so 1/2" can be trimmed from each side, following printing, to remove white margin)

    Complex Flowchart Vertical Poster (PDF) — a portrait-oriented poster that can be printed at a copy shop (dimensions are 25" x 37" so 1/2" can be trimmed from each side, following printing, to remove white margin). This poster is also available for purchase. Poster sales help support the Understanding Science website.

    Science Flowchart for grades K-2 (PDF) — a useful tool for teachers of K-2 students identifying the primary areas of the process best covered at these grade levels

    Science Flowchart for grades 3-5 (PDF) — useful for both teachers and their students with modified language appropriate for students at these grade levels.

    Science Flowchart for grades 3-5 Poster (PDF) — a portrait-oriented poster that can be printed at a copy shop (dimensions are 25" x 37" so 1/2" can be trimmed from each side, following printing, to remove white margin).

  • Your Science Toolkit (PDF) provides a set of questions that can help your students to apply critical thinking skills, evaluate media messages about science, and improve their own decision-making.


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