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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Teaching Ideas for K-12 by Patricia D. Morrell, Kate Popejoy (eds.)

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National Research Council. (2012). A framework for K-12 science education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Next Generation Science Standards. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states (Vol 1) Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Next Generation Science Standards. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states (Vol 2) Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Sagan, C. (1990). Why we need to understand science. Skeptical inquirer, 14(3).

Bring the lesson to a close by discussing just how readily people make inferences, and why it is important that students understand the role that observation and inference play in the construction of scientific knowledge. This understanding is a key aspect of the nature of science. Caution your students about the potential dangers of open flames and tasting objects in the science lab. Modifications / Extensions: Observation and inference can be the foundation of many subsequent lessons on the nature of science.

These scientists were familiar with the works of James Hutton (1726–1797), a geologist who studied fossils and developed the principle of uniformitarianism. The principle of uniformitarianism states that the processes that shaped the Earth in the geological past are essentially the same as those operating today. Also familiar with the Law of Superposition (coined by William Smith – 1769–1839) that the lowest fossils in a sequence of strata are the oldest and those higher in the sequence are the youngest, scientists have inferred that these fossils located on Antarctica may be the evidence they were searching for as an indication of the earliest life forms that existed on Earth.

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