In this lesson, students will review information comparing Mars and Earth and a timeline outlining the study of Mars and the possibility of life on Mars. Students will develop questions on the topic and then research and investigate answers to their questions.
In this activity, students will use color-coded cards to represent different types of organisms in an ecosystem and model food chains to show the relationships between organisms. Students will also analyze simple scenarios and discuss consequences of change in the ecosystem.
In this lesson, students explore the ways that stories are used to explain the shapes seen in the Moon's appearance and compare them with the scientific explanations for moon phases. Versions of the referenced story can be found online.
In this lesson, students work, in groups or individually, to research the life and ideas of a person involved in the development of a scientific theory which faced opposition from the society in which it was developed.
In determining the decrease in intensity of a beam of light travelling through different materials, students will explore how to manage the ongoing development of a practical investigation. They can be encouraged to discuss how to deal with inadequate or anomalous data, how to modify their methodology, or where to redirect their investigation.
In this lesson, students investigate how a magnetic field is affected as it passes through different materials. By carrying out an investigation with a small number of variables, students can learn about the scientific requirements of a fair test.
In this lesson, students investigate the patterns of magnetic fields. Students can learn to recognise that there may be more than one reason for the patterns they see in their investigations. By considering the limitations of their own investigative method, students become aware of how scientists attempt to make sure that there can be only one explanation of a phenomenon.
In this activity students review how plate tectonic theory evolved over time. By working in research groups investigating different but related ideas, students will experience the value of sharing results, and recognise the ways that scientists develop increasing confidence in a common unifying theory.
In this activity, students will explore the effects of fungi on some bacteria. While researching the work of Alexander Fleming (1928), students will discuss the role of creativity and insight in scientific discovery. This can be compared with their own experience of experiments that give unexpected results.
In this activity students investigate the importance of persistence and creativity in scientific research through an examination of "bush sickness" in the Kaingora Forest in New Zealand.