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How Might You Investigate Scientific Phenomena?

How Might You Investigate Scientific Phenomena?

This site, part of Exploring Earth Investigation by McDougal Littell and TERC, examines how to investigate scientific phenomena. The investigations "were designed to build students' knowledge of Earth Science concepts�and to raise student awareness of Earth as a system of interconnected components and processes." Here, visitors will learn about the steps that allow scientists to create valid investigations of phenomena: forming a hypothesis, determining the appropriate method of investigation, collecting and graphing data, and hypothesis testing. Many sections have illustrative images and interactive features which help students understand the topics presented, and the final section ends with questions for students to further explore as well as a link to some NASA datasets. This is an excellent site for any Earth Science classroom as an introductory lecture to the scientific method or as an out-of-class exploration for students.

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