1. Students will exhibit an understanding that science involves problem solving, criticalthinking and creativity.2. Students will exhibit an understanding that there is no one way to do science.3. Students will exhibit an understanding that scientists do not know all the answers andthat answers can be changed.
Content, Materials, Activities and Instructional Sequence:
Overview:1.) 10 minutes- Mystery boxes are handed out to students, the students analyze the outer shell, the class comes to a consensus about the similarities.2.) 35 minutes- Students analyze the inner structure of the boxes through performing various tests.3.) 5 minutes- Students will clean up their work areas.Content
-Nature of Science-How science works
-Premade mystery boxes-White boards-Magnets-Stethoscopes
Students will:-Analyze the mystery boxes to determine the inner structure and contents
1. Mystery boxes are handed out to the students at the beginning on the class period. Each box has a number which the students are to write down. The students are instructed not toopen the box, but to study it.2. After a few minutes, the class is brought back together. The teacher poses the question“what have I given you?” Expected responses might include: a box, a white box, a boxwith stuff in it, it has a ball inside.3. Once students have discussed the outside of the boxes, the students are instructed todetermine the inner structure of their own boxes. As the students work on their boxes, theteacher will walk around asking individual students questions.4. Students will be given the rest of the period to perform tests on the boxes. Some testsmight include: rolling the ball around to determine where there are ramps and walls, usinga magnet to determine if there are metal pieces inside, or using a stethoscope to listen for any sounds from inside the box.