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Scientific thinking for all: A toolkit

Unit 1: Evidence & iteration in science

In this unit, students are introduced to the nature of science as an iterative process based on observation and measurement, focusing on issues related to water. It consists of ten activities to support student learning. These activities include investigations, laboratories, readings, card sorts, modelling, computer simulations such as card-based investigations, and a field trip to a local water source.

Students will learn how advances in scientific tools and technology have enhanced human observations and provided more accurate and precise measurements. Timelines from the history of scientific thought illustrate the use of such evidence in the iterative process of science, resulting in the development of scientific theories and a growing body of knowledge. An attitude of scientific optimism has led scientists and others to persist despite obstacles, failures, and missteps, improving human understanding of a shared external reality that has resulted in ongoing scientific advancements. Case studies model science as a human endeavour that is accomplished by people working together to build on prior work and contribute new ideas. 

Unit driving question

How do people use evidence and iteration of ideas to construct scientific explanations that are relevant to everyday issues, such as water quality?

Teacher edition

For each activity there is a teacher edition and a student book. The teacher edition is designed to support teachers in fostering student learning over the entire unit. Some of the information provided pertains to day-to-day instructional management: how to prepare the classroom, what materials are needed, sample student responses, and how to modify materials for diverse learners.

Teacher edition, Unit 1: Evidence & iteration in science (5 Mb)

Student book

Each unit requires students to interact with specific key concepts, process skills and thinking tools through various learning experiences. The student book has a deliberate structure that provides support for student learning, regardless of activity type.

Student book, Unit 1: Evidence & iteration in science (15 Mb)

Icons for scientific thinking tools.
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MLA style: Scientific thinking for all: A toolkit. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Prize Outreach AB 2024. Mon. 24 Jun 2024. <https://www.nobelprize.org/scientific-thinking-for-all-unit1/>