Using the Nature of Science in Class

With my current grade 11s, we have not spent much time on the nature of science in class.  Although resources are provided in their notes, we have focused more on experiments and content.  Having just finished our second unit and the end of unit test, I developed this resource as an introductory activity that students worked on in groups of three.

The resource is adapted from one of the many wonderful templates provided at the #TMSouthHistorians blog: https://tmsouthhistorians.wixsite.com/tmsouthhistorians/copy-of-blog-resources and often shared through @Jmosley_history – this is the A-B Starter.

 

I chose NOS prompts from topics 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 10.3, 4.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 8.1, which make up the first two units I teach – Diversity of Life and Chemistry of Life.  I had the students work together with no resources to begin with and try to identify links to the syllabus topics, TOK and to using the five categories of NOS to help organise the different ideas.  I tried to emphasise that they didn’t need to try and memorise new content but to discuss how these link to the knowledge they already have.  The task seemed to work well and got them more engaged than if we were just learning the content of the statements.  I hope to eventually develop templates for each unit that I teach.

 

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