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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring the Nature of Science.

  • Alternative conceptions about the nature of science –Teacher Resource

    These are some common misunderstandings about the nature of science – held by students and adults alike. Take any opportunity you can to address these misconceptions in your planning and in your teaching.

  • Student activity - What might we miss? – Student Activity

    Continually, there are right and wrong messages about the nature of science in our classroom teaching and in popular media. In this activity, students view two video clips that highlight how easily we can miss what we are not looking out for.

  • Student activity - Mystery boxes – Student Activity

    In this activity, students determine the contents of a ‘mystery’ box by making observations but without opening it, and parallels are drawn between this activity and aspects of the nature of science.

  • Student activity - The extra piece – Student Activity

    In this activity, students assemble a tangram as a square and then reassemble the tangram incorporating an additional piece they are given. Parallels are drawn to particular aspects of the nature of science.

  • Student activity - Scrambled sentence – Student Activity

    In this activity, students try to assemble a meaningful sentence by successively turning over a set of word cards. Parallels are drawn to particular aspects of the nature of science.

  • Student activity - Communicating in science – Student Activity

    In this activity, students look at SMS text language to gain a deeper understanding of communicating in science.