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.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe aspects of the nature of science such as the self-correcting nature of science, the tentative nature of scientific knowledge and science as an on-going endeavour
  • give one real-world example of science as an on-going endeavour
  • give one real-world example of the tentative nature of scientific knowledge.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • word cards.

Acknowledgement

This activity is based on ‘Dogs and Turnips’ written by Al Janulaw and Judy Scotchmoor (University of California Museum of Paleontology).

Useful links

See the original Dogs and Turnips activity.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/dynamic/session4/sess4_act1.htm

    Published 7 October 2011