## TN Conceptual Physics Standards - 2008-2009 Implementation

## Embedded Inquiry

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Science Curriculum Standards

3237 - Conceptual PhysicsInternet Resources

- Excite Education Curriculum Module - lesson plan about scientific method from CDC
- Experimenting, Testing, & Challenging the Hypothesis - the degree of challenge to your hypothesis will depend on the type of problem and its importance
- Falsifiability – [Wikipedia article] the logical possibility that an assertion can be shown false by an observation or a physical experiment
- General Procedures for All Experiments - general procedures for each experiment are briefly outlined - variations between experiments are noted
- How to Formulate a Hypothesis Using the Scientific Method - eight steps are outlined
- Introduction to the Scientific Method - An explanation on what the scientific method is and does. From Frank Wolfs, University of Rochester
- Reasoning in Science - Learning about the scientific method is almost like saying that you are learning how to learn [from Biology4Kids]
- Scientific Method - from Elmer's Soup-to-Nuts science fair site
- Scientific Method - includes a test of your powers of observation
- Scientific Method - a multimedia instructional design site intended to teach students the scientific method
- Scientific Method Lab - an interactive lab that teaches what the scientific method is, and how scientists and others follow this method
- Scientific Method Quiz - [this link opens on a new page]
- Solving Problems with the Scientific Method - posted by Study Guides and Strategies
- Steps of the Scientific Method - from a science fair project idea site, includes a good concept map
- Studying Cells - how the scientific method is applied in biology
- Writing Hypotheses: a student lesson - the purpose of this lesson is to learn when and how to write hypotheses

- Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
- Conducting a Scientific Investigation - a two part lesson plan - Part 2 of the lesson plan
- Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
- Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry - a web based lesson plan from the National Institutes of Health
- Experiment - Wikipedia entry
- How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
- How Science works: Types of Variables - Explains the difference between 'categoric', 'ordered', 'discrete' and 'continuous' variables, with examples.
- How Science works: Variables
-Explains the meaning of 'independent', 'dependent' and 'control' variables, with examples from typical practicals- Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
- Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
- Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
- Identify the Controls and Variables - worksheet to print and use in class [the author of this activity probably violated copyright by using Simpson's characters, but you will not be guilty if you use it in class]
- Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
- Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
- Student Design of Drop Bounce Experiment -
- Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone

- Dependent and Independent Variables - Wikipedia entry
- Elementary Concepts in Statistics - use the index to find information on a large number of topics about variables
- How to Set-up a Controlled Science Experiment - eight steps from eHow.com
- Independent and Dependent Variables - from Cool Science Projects.com
- Independent and Dependent Variables - identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental and control groups in three studies [not interactive]
- Independent and Dependent Variables - short explanation of each type of variable
- Variables and a Simple Pendulum Experiment - purpose; to explain the difference between mcontrolled, independent
(manipulated), and dependent(responding)variables- Variables and Hypotheses - to print and hand out to students; includes a table of examples and self help evaluation questions
- Variables in a Science Fair Experiment - from Science Buddies
- What are Independent and Dependent Variables - from a graphing tutorial found at NCES

- Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
- Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
- Experiment - Wikipedia entry
- How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
- Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
- Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
- Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
- Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
- Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
- Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone

- Bar Graph - Enter data to create a bar graph, then manipulate the graph's maximum and minimum values
- Charts, Tables, and Graphs: Data Interpretation - some things to remember when doing problems based on data interpretation
- Circle Graph - Enter data categories and the value of each category to create a circle graph (similar to "Pie Chart" but the user can define the data set)
- Collecting and Analyzing Data - multiple-choice quiz [5 questions]
- Data Interpretation Games - Numerous activities on using and interpreting data - Activities include bar, pie and line graphs, data collecting and much more
- Data Interpretation Practice Test - [25 questions] practice reading tables and a variety of charts; column, pie, and pictogram - answers at the end of the test
- Data Picking - students collect data, enter tally marks or numbers and then select which graph is appropriate
- Fun and Sun Rent-a-Car - students use tables, graphs, linear functions to solve a real-world problem
- Graphing Skills - What's the point? find the point on Quadrant I of a coordinate plane
- Heads I Win - predict the likelihood of tossing heads or tails and graphs the results of coin tosses
- The Hot Tub - This is a fun activity where students tell the story behind a graph and relate slope to rate of change.
- Interpreting Circle (Pie) Graphs - students practice by answering eight questions about the graph
- Interpreting Column Graphs - students practice by answering ten questions about the graph
- Interpreting Data - survey a small group by clicking on each of the children, turn the tally marks into two types of graphs and then go back and take a different survey
- Interpreting Data Quiz - after you finish the lesson above, take this quiz- Interpreting Data - multiple-choice quiz from Gencoe math [5 questions]
- Interpreting Line Graphs - explore line graphs.
- Magic Bullets: Chemistry vs. Cancer - In this activity students will work with data about cancer deaths. The purpose of the activity is to give students some experience in reading and interpreting graphs. There is a worksheet associated with the data sets [these two expired pages are from the Internet Archive known as the
Wayback Machine]- Piece Of Pie - display data using a circle graph
- Push Ups - collect data to put on a line graph
- Spy Guys Interactive - Understanding and Interpreting Graphs -
Lesson 10Stem and Leaf Plots

- Lesson designed to introduce students to stem-and-leaf plots
- Long Distance Airplanes - a stem-and-leaf plot lesson from Illuminations (rated 3rd-5th grade, but quite useful)
- Make a Stem-and-Leaf plot of the data you enter into the text area (ignore the warning about Internet Explorer, it works fine).
- Organizing Data in a Stem and Leaf Plot - a lesson plan from Annenberg CPB

- Making a Stem and Leaf Plot - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Ordering a Stem and Leaf Plot - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Grouping by Fives - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Overview of Mean, Median, and Mode - presented as a discussion between student and mentor
- Overview of stem-and-leaf plot - a display that organizes data to show its shape and distribution [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the
Wayback Machine]- Stem-and-Leaf Plots - Their Construction and Use
-an overview followed by several suggested assignments- Stem and Leaf Plotter - an interactive applet that allow students to input data
- Stem-and-Leaf plots - from Purple Math
- Worksheet to accompany a "Stem-and-Leaf Plots" Lesson
- Using Graphs to Understand Data - quiz from Glencoe math [5 multiple-choice questions]
- What Percentage of your Class is Right or Left Handed? - a data collection and analysis class experiment

- Bad Science - from Mr. Sunspot's answer book
- 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)
- Blind Experiment - ways top avoid conscious or unconscious bias
- Confirmation Bias In Science: How To Avoid It - regarding one of the most common arguments against a scientific finding
- Experimenter Bias - includes ways to avoid bias in an experiment [this page comes from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine]
- Experimenter's Bias - Wikipedia entry on the subject
- How 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.
- Common Mistakes in Applying the Scientific Method - discussion regarding experimenter bias

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