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The Checks Lab

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Overview:
Students construct plausible scenarios using bank checks to learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.

Author/Source:
ENSI

Grade level:
9-12

Time:
One class period.

Teaching tips:
Though there is no real evolution connection, this is a good activity to introduce or reinforce the nature of science.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing. (P3, P4, P6, P7)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

  • Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence. (P4, P6, NOS3)

  • Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)

  • Scientists may explore many different hypotheses to explain their observations. (P7)

Teacher background:

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