Prints to Ponder

Brendzel, Sharon
April 1999
Science Scope;Apr1999, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p22
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a valuable paper-and-pencil activity that can be used as an introductory Earth science lesson or part of a broader integrated lesson on science processes. This activity is being adopted by the author. Through this activity, students develop their higher-level thinking skills as they work together to synthesize information and make scientific interpretations. The activity was based on similar activities presented by the Earth Science Curriculum Project, part of a reform movement that emphasized increased scientific processes, investigations, and experimentation in the science classroom. The author began this activity by providing the students with two sets of animal tracks to interpret. The students used to work in groups to discuss the animal tracks and thus develop a logical scenario that explains the pattern. The students are taught that they should problem-solve by observing, creating a hypothesis, and discussing plausible explanations. The main objective is to get students to carefully study available evidence and then to formulate a hypothesis base don the evidence and scientific reasoning.


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