Eco-Inquiry

Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 8: Hiring a Scientist

Objectives

Students recommend who GROW should hire as a scientist after reviewing three job applications.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to: understand that being a good scientist requires a range of skills and qualities, identify the weaknesses in an experimental design, know that collaboration is an important aspect of science, modify opinions based on convincing arguments.

Time: 
1 hour
Setting: 
Classroom
Materials

For each group of 3-4 students:

  • copy of three "Job Applications"
  • copy of "Scoring Sheet"

For each student:

  • copy of "Challenge Sheet"
  • copy of " Scoring Sheet"
Procedure

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

Lesson Resources
NYS Standards
ELA 1- Language to collect and interpret information and understand generalizations
ELA 3- Language for critical analysis and evaluation
ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
1A Scientific World View
1C The scientific enterprise
12D Communication Skills

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