Reflection: Complex Tasks Researching Other Dinosaur Skeletons (Day 2 of 3) - Section 2: Questioning Student Decisions & Researching for More Evidence

 

In some classes I noticed that students were struggling to make sense of there research.  To address this, I asked groups to select 2 skeletons to compare and contrast using a Venn Diagram.  I then explained that comparing contrasting and finding patterns is really useful in science.  I demonstrated how they could take their findings, such as femurs being located in the upper part of the legs in all their skeletons, and use that information to place the femur in a similar place in their dinosaur model.  The structure of the Venn Diagram was enough to give them enough guidance without undermining their abilities as students.  

  Breaking Research Into Manageable Chunks - the Venn Diagram
  Complex Tasks: Breaking Research Into Manageable Chunks - the Venn Diagram
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Researching Other Dinosaur Skeletons (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 1: NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Nature of Science
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT gather observations and evidence from reliable websites and use that information to create a new model of your dinosaur's skeleton

Big Idea: Scientists change their models all the time, based on new evidence that is collected in the scientific community. Once it is disseminated scientists modify their models. Have your students research and then reconstruct their dinosaurs, too!

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), engineering, research, Nature of Science
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