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Conceptual Physics Embedded Inquiry Standards

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TN Conceptual Physics Standards - 2008-2009 Implementation


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

Conceptual Physics: Embedded Inquiry
Checks for Understanding
Inq.1 | Inq.2 | Inq.3 | Inq.4 | Inq.5 | Inq.6 | Inq.7 | Inq.8 | Inq.9 | Inq.10 | Inq.11 | Inq.12 | Inq.13 | Inq.14

Science Curriculum Standards
3237 - Conceptual Physics

Internet Resources
Develop a testable question for a scientific investigation.
Inq.1
  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 - [this link opens on a new page]
  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
Develop an experimental design for testing a hypothesis.
Inq.2
  1. Basic format of any hypothesis test - from Skills4Study
  2. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsConducting a Scientific Investigation - a two part lesson plan - Part 2 of the lesson plan A lesson plan can be found at this site
  3. Designing Science Experiments - from Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
  4. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsDoing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry - a web based lesson plan from the National Institutes of Health A lesson plan can be found at this site
  5. Experiment - Wikipedia entry
  6. How to Use the Scientific Method to Test a Hypothesis - six steps are listed
  7. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHow Science works: Types of Variables - Explains the difference between 'categoric', 'ordered', 'discrete' and 'continuous' variables, with examples.
  8. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHow Science works: Variables - Explains the meaning of 'independent', 'dependent' and 'control' variables, with examples from typical practicals
  9. Hypothesis Test - from Cool Science Projects.com
  10. Hypothesis test 1: an experiment on telepathy - used as an example of the process
  11. Hypothesis test 2: the shuffle test - using statistical analysis
  12. 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]
  13. Practicing Scientific Processes - from Glencoe Science
  14. Statistical hypothesis testing - Wikipedia entry
  15. Student Design of Drop Bounce Experiment -
  16. Test Your Hypothesis - from Lane Libraries Science Fair Zone
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. 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
Perform an experiment to test a prediction.
Inq.4
  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
Gather, organize, and transform data from an experiment into a table, graph, or diagram.
Inq.5
Analyze data from a table, graph, or diagram.
Inq.6
  1. Bar Graph - Enter data to create a bar graph, then manipulate the graph's maximum and minimum values
  2. Charts, Tables, and Graphs: Data Interpretation - some things to remember when doing problems based on data interpretation
  3. 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)
  4. Collecting and Analyzing Data - multiple-choice quiz [5 questions] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Data Interpretation Games - Numerous activities on using and interpreting data - Activities include bar, pie and line graphs, data collecting and much more
  6. 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 An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. Data Picking - students collect data, enter tally marks or numbers and then select which graph is appropriate This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  8. Fun and Sun Rent-a-Car - students use tables, graphs, linear functions to solve a real-world problem A lesson plan can be found at this site
  9. Graphing Skills - What's the point? find the point on Quadrant I of a coordinate plane This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  10. Heads I Win - predict the likelihood of tossing heads or tails and graphs the results of coin tosses This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  11. The Hot Tub - This is a fun activity where students tell the story behind a graph and relate slope to rate of change. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  12. Interpreting Circle (Pie) Graphs - students practice by answering eight questions about the graph This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  13. Interpreting Column Graphs - students practice by answering ten questions about the graph This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  14. 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 This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data - Interpreting Data Quiz - after you finish the lesson above, take this quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  15. Interpreting Data - multiple-choice quiz from Gencoe math [5 questions] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  16. Interpreting Line Graphs - explore line graphs. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  17. 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 A lesson plan can be found at this site [these two expired pages are from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine]
  18. Piece Of Pie - display data using a circle graph This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  19. Push Ups - collect data to put on a line graph This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  20. Spy Guys Interactive - Understanding and Interpreting Graphs - Lesson 10 A video is available through this link
  21. Stem and Leaf Plots
    1. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsLesson designed to introduce students to stem-and-leaf plots A lesson plan can be found at this site
    2. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsLong Distance Airplanes - a stem-and-leaf plot lesson from Illuminations (rated 3rd-5th grade, but quite useful)
    3. Make a Stem-and-Leaf plot of the data you enter into the text area (ignore the warning about Internet Explorer, it works fine).
    4. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsOrganizing Data in a Stem and Leaf Plot - a lesson plan from Annenberg CPB A lesson plan can be found at this site
      1. Making a Stem and Leaf Plot - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
      2. Ordering a Stem and Leaf Plot - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
      3. Grouping by Fives - An excellent interactive assignment can be found at the bottom of this page.
    5. Overview of Mean, Median, and Mode - presented as a discussion between student and mentor
    6. 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]
    7. Stem-and-Leaf Plots - Their Construction and Use - an overview followed by several suggested assignments
    8. Stem and Leaf Plotter - an interactive applet that allow students to input data
    9. Stem-and-Leaf plots - from Purple Math
    10. Worksheet to accompany a "Stem-and-Leaf Plots" Lesson This link includes something for the teacher to print A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded
  22. Using Graphs to Understand Data - quiz from Glencoe math [5 multiple-choice questions] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  23. What Percentage of your Class is Right or Left Handed? - a data collection and analysis class experiment A lesson plan can be found at this site
Analyze and interpret the results of an experiment.
Inq.7
Apply knowledge and data-interpretation skills to support a conclusion.
Inq.8
Determine if data supports or contradicts a hypothesis or conclusion.
Inq.9
Analyze experimental results and identify possible sources of experimental error.
Inq.10
  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
State a conclusion in terms of the relationship between two or more variables.
Inq.11
Compare the results of an experiment with what is already known about the topic under investigation.
Inq.12
Suggest alternative explanations for the same set of observations.
Inq.13
Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.
Inq.14

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