This document serves as background information for those teachers who are new to teaching science, as well as for any teacher that feels he or she needs a little reminder about the goals and terminology of the scientific process. Curriki community members are encouraged to edit this resource to include their own expertise!


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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-02-23.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

The scientific method is too often mistaken for inquiry-based learning. In this resource, text and illustrations compare inquiry science with the scientific method. The user who nominated this resource makes the comment that “more inquiry in lower elementary would lead to increased understanding of use of AND interest in using the scientific method in later years. Life long learners inquire before they investigate and experiment.” The resource goes on to define independent and dependent variables and address the necessity of a controlled experiment. There is ample room for the Curriki community to add their own hints and tips to this helpful resource.
Virginia Malone
August 13, 2009
I would suggest that on the kid friendly graphic all of the arrows be double. As it appears that a hypothesis is required and once that is done the process…
Thilini Ishaka
August 12, 2009

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