Reflection: Joy Evidence or Inference? - Section 3: Closure


The teaching challenge before me was leading students over the bridge from evidence to inference. They wanted to just observe and note their observations. I can tell that those skills are in place, however I wanted them to be able to prove through their observations and gathering of evidence that they could think beyond it! This Educreations Video shows some samples of finished notebook work.

I designed this lesson so that students could choose the experiment that appealed to them. My intention was as I had to leap the hurdle of evidence to inference, that they should choose the experience to lead them there.

What amazed me was how my students couldn't believe they could choose! I think that the freedom of choice in this lesson is by far the best way to engage students so they can realize the relationship between evidence and inferences. The concept was still difficult. I thought about how they knew what they saw, they could record what they saw and they could give me reasons why they could prove the answer to the original question. But, they couldn't pinpoint it as an inference without my guidance.

In reading, inferring is always a hard concept. Ringo, the tortoise was the most profoundly easy inference. So was the oil and water activity.

  The Beauty of Choice
  Joy: The Beauty of Choice
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Evidence or Inference?

Unit 1: Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT understand the difference between scientific evidence and inference.

Big Idea: Students choose between three different experiments to help them understand the difference between scientific evidence and inference.

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Science, inference, scientific evidence, small experiments, recording data, interactive notebook
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