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Physics Standards Embedded Inquiry

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TN Physics Standards


Embedded Inquiry


A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

Physics: Embedded Inquiry
Checks for Understanding
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Science Curriculum Standards
3231 - Physics

Internet Resources
Trace the historical development of a scientific principle or theory.
Inq.1
  1. About Darwin - dedicated to the life and times of Charles Darwin
  2. Development of Kepler's Laws - this Wikipedia article traces Kepler's work
  3. Cell Theory - includes a timeline of development of the theory
  4. Galileo Project - hypertextual information about Galileo and the science of his time to viewers of all ages and levels of expertise
  5. Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics - an exhibit from Chicago's Field Museum
  6. Historical Development of Chemistry - three case studies of significant chemical progress
  7. History of Science - Wikipedia article
  8. History of Science and Technology - a Wikipedia article including links
  9. History of Science Sourcebook - a subset of texts derived from three major online sourcebooks
  10. Isaac Newton - Wikipedia article tracing the development of Newton's laws
  11. Johannes Kepler - His Life, His Laws and Times
  12. Mendel's Experiment - an animation describes Gregor Mendel's experiment as presented in his Experiments in Plant Hybridization
  13. Modeling Mendel's Pea Experiment - lesson plan from Access Excellence A lesson plan can be found at this site
  14. Person of the Century: Albert Einstein - from Times 100
  15. Scientific Method - this Wikipedia article illustrates how scientific principles or theories are developed
  16. Voyage of the Beagle - index of trwenty-two chapters detailing the historic voyage of discovery
  17. Watson and Crick describe structure of DNA - from PBS's Science Odyssey
  18. When the Earth Moved - Copernicus and his Heliocentric System of the Universe
Conduct scientific investigations that include testable questions, verifiable hypotheses, and appropriate variables to explore new phenomena or verify the experimental results of others.
Inq.2
  1. Excite Education Curriculum Module - lesson plan about scientific method from CDC A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Experimenting, Testing, & Challenging the Hypothesis - the degree of challenge to your hypothesis will depend on the type of problem and its importance
  3. Falsifiability [Wikipedia article] the logical possibility that an assertion can be shown false by an observation or a physical experiment
  4. General Procedures for All Experiments - general procedures for each experiment are briefly outlined - variations between experiments are noted
  5. How to Formulate a Hypothesis Using the Scientific Method - eight steps are outlined
  6. Introduction to the Scientific Method - An explanation on what the scientific method is and does. From Frank Wolfs, University of Rochester
  7. Reasoning in Science - Learning about the scientific method is almost like saying that you are learning how to learn [from Biology4Kids]
  8. Scientific Method - from Elmer's Soup-to-Nuts science fair site
  9. Scientific Method - includes a test of your powers of observation
  10. Scientific Method - a multimedia instructional design site intended to teach students the scientific method
  11. Scientific Method Lab - an interactive lab that teaches what the scientific method is, and how scientists and others follow this method
  12. Scientific Method Quiz
  13. Solving Problems with the Scientific Method - posted by Study Guides and Strategies
  14. Steps of the Scientific Method - from a science fair project idea site, includes a good concept map
  15. Studying Cells - how the scientific method is applied in biology
  16. Writing Hypotheses: a student lesson - the purpose of this lesson is to learn when and how to write hypotheses
Select appropriate independent, dependent, or controlled variables for an experiment.
Inq.3
  1. Dependent and Independent Variables - Wikipedia entry
  2. Elementary Concepts in Statistics - use the index to find information on a large number of topics about variables
  3. How to Set-up a Controlled Science Experiment - eight steps from eHow.com
  4. Hypothesis
    1. Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
    2. Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
    3. Experiment - Wikipedia entry
    4. How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
    5. Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
    6. Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
    7. Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
    8. Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
    9. Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
    10. Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone
  5. Independent and Dependent Variables - from Cool Science Projects.com
  6. Independent and Dependent Variables - identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental and control groups in three studies [not interactive]
  7. Independent and Dependent Variables - short explanation of each type of variable
  8. Variables and a Simple Pendulum Experiment - purpose; to explain the difference between mcontrolled, independent (manipulated), and dependent (responding) variables
  9. Variables and Hypotheses - to print and hand out to students; includes a table of examples and self help evaluation questions An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  10. Variables in a Science Fair Experiment - from Science Buddies
  11. What are Independent and Dependent Variables - from a graphing tutorial found at NCES
Analyze the components of a properly designed scientific investigation.
Inq.4
  1. Challenging Problems - a set of challenging inquiry-based science problems that will allow students and groups of students to design and conduct their own investigations
  2. Conducting a Scientific Investigation - instructions to students to help them plan a scientific investigation
  3. Online Schoolyard & Classroom Investigations - online projects that allow students to, collaboratively or independently, conduct scientific investigations in their schoolyards and classrooms, and then submit their collected data using an online form
  4. Parts of a Scientific Investigation - explanation, in the form of a Word document this is a MS Word document to download
  5. Scientific Method - Wikipedia entry on them components of a scientific investigation
  6. The Structure, Format, Content, and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper - how to write a paper in scientific journal style and format
Perform an experiment to test a prediction.
Inq.5
  1. Dependent and Independent Variables - Wikipedia entry
  2. Elementary Concepts in Statistics - use the index to find information on a large number of topics about variables
  3. How to Set-up a Controlled Science Experiment - eight steps from eHow.com
  4. Hypothesis
    1. Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
    2. Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
    3. Experiment - Wikipedia entry
    4. How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
    5. Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
    6. Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
    7. Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
    8. Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
    9. Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
    10. Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone
  5. Independent and Dependent Variables - from Cool Science Projects.com
  6. Independent and Dependent Variables - identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental and control groups in three studies [not interactive]
  7. Independent and Dependent Variables - short explanation of each type of variable
  8. Variables and a Simple Pendulum Experiment - purpose; to explain the difference between mcontrolled, independent (manipulated), and dependent (responding) variables
  9. Variables and Hypotheses - to print and hand out to students; includes a table of examples and self help evaluation questions An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  10. Variables in a Science Fair Experiment - from Science Buddies
  11. What are Independent and Dependent Variables - from a graphing tutorial found at NCES
Select appropriate tools and technology to collect precise and accurate quantitative and qualitative data.
Inq.6
  1. British and Metric Conversions - a series of pages relating to converting to or from metric units This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Calculating the Density of a Liquid - tutorial on the math involved plus sample questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Calculating Density of a Solid - tutorial on the math involved plus sample questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius - interactive problem from Annenberg This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Converting Length Measurements - use your knowledge of meters, centimeters and millimeters to answer questions to build a shed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Finding the Mass of an Object - tutorial on using a triple-beam balance which includes questions to answer This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Finding the Volume of an Object - tutorial on using a graduated cylinder which includes questions to answer This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Platform Scales Addition - weigh several items and find the sum in hundredths of a gram This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  9. Platform Scales Subtraction - weigh several items and find the difference in hundredths of a gram This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  10. Teaching Measures - links to length, mass, or capacity activities and printables - good for using on an interactive whiteboard for a whole class activity
  11. Transparency Master - use this high quality picture of a block of metal on a triple beam balance as a review for your students An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  12. Using a Graduated Cylinder - [L and mL] a whole class activity for reading a scale, estimating and converting between units This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  13. Using a Platform Scale - practice using scales like the one in a doctor's office, five Gregs will drop on the scale, waiting to be weighed, see how quickly you can weigh them This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  14. Using a Ruler - a whole class activity for reading a ruler, estimating and converting between units This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
Determine if data supports or contradicts a hypothesis or conclusion.
Inq.7
  1. How to Set-up a Controlled Science Experiment - eight steps from eHow.com
  2. Hypothesis
    1. Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
    2. Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
    3. Experiment - Wikipedia entry
    4. How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
    5. Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
    6. Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
    7. Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
    8. Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
    9. Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
    10. Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone
  3. Variables and Hypotheses - to print and hand out to students; includes a table of examples and self help evaluation questions An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  4. Variables in a Science Fair Experiment - from Science Buddies
Recognize, analyze, and evaluate alternative explanations for the same set of observations.
Inq.8
Evaluate the accuracy and precision of data.
Inq.9
  1. Accuracy and Precision - from Wikipedia
  2. The Difference Between Accuracy and Precision - theoretical examples of accuracy and precition in a meteorological instrument
  3. Math Skills Review: Significant Figures - pointing out the relationship between accuracy of measurement and the number of significant figures to be reported
  4. Precision and Accuracy - good explanation, and diagram, from Math is Fun
  5. Precision and Accuracy - This Jr. High Math site points out the importance of using measurement devices that are as precise as possible.
  6. The Science of Measurement: Accuracy vs. Precision - "The dictionary definitions of these two words do not clearly make the distinction as it is used in the science of measurement."
State a conclusion in terms of the relationship between two or more variables.
Inq.10
  1. Dependent and Independent Variables - Wikipedia entry
  2. Elementary Concepts in Statistics - use the index to find information on a large number of topics about variables
  3. How to Set-up a Controlled Science Experiment - eight steps from eHow.com
  4. Independent and Dependent Variables - from Cool Science Projects.com
  5. Independent and Dependent Variables - identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental and control groups in three studies [not interactive]
  6. Independent and Dependent Variables - short explanation of each type of variable
  7. Variables and a Simple Pendulum Experiment - purpose; to explain the difference between mcontrolled, independent (manipulated), and dependent (responding) variables
  8. Variables and Hypotheses - to print and hand out to students; includes a table of examples and self help evaluation questions An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  9. Variables in a Science Fair Experiment - from Science Buddies
  10. What are Independent and Dependent Variables - from a graphing tutorial found at NCES
Defend a conclusion based on scientific evidence.
Inq.11
Analyze experimental results and identify possible sources of bias or experimental error.
Inq.12
  1. Bad Science - from Mr. Sunspot's answer book
  2. Biased Sample - also known as: Biased Statistics, Loaded Sample, Prejudiced Statistics, Prejudiced Sample, Loaded Statistics, Biased Induction, Biased Generalization (3 good examples at the bottom of the page)
  3. Blind Experiment - ways top avoid conscious or unconscious bias
  4. Confirmation Bias In Science: How To Avoid It - regarding one of the most common arguments against a scientific finding
  5. Experimenter Bias - includes ways to avoid bias in an experiment [this page comes from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine]
  6. Experimenter's Bias - Wikipedia entry on the subject
  7. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHow Science works: Reliable evidence and Valid evidence - Explains the meaning of 'data' and 'evidence', 'reliability' and 'validity', 'secondary' evidence, with examples for you to discuss.
  8. Common Mistakes in Applying the Scientific Method - discussion regarding experimenter bias
Compare the results of an experiment with what is already known about the topic under investigation.
Inq.13
Suggest alternative explanations for the same set of observations.
Inq.14
Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.
Inq.15
Compare conclusions that offer different, but acceptable explanations for the same set of experimental data.
Inq.16

 

 

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