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1 Quick Write Write the Question on page 22 and Answer the following in the left side of your Interactive Journal on page 21 What role does science play in the study of life? 5 minutes

2 Honor time limits Actively participate Listen respectfully to your colleagues Place cell phones on vibrate or silent mode Participants may write burning questions on a sticky note and place on the parking lot BE PRESENT Class Norms

3  Burning Issues  Questions  Comments  Ideas to Share

4 Common Board Configuration DATE: August 17, 2014 ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How can you tell the difference between science and non-science? Objectives:  Differentiate between phenomena that are scientific and things that are not.  Explain the criteria for categorizing phenomena as science (Consistent, Observable, Natural, Predictable, Testable, and Tentative). Home Learning:  Read pages 4-6 Chapter 1.1: The Study of Life: Students will identify 3 things they already knew, 2 things they learned and 1 thing they have question about  Bring in your interactive journals to the next class

5 Agenda  Introduction to what is science? (Think-Pair-Share)  Interactive Journal Quick Setup  Walk through CONPTT  Complete CONPTT Worksheet  Science Article (Jigsaw)  Exit Ticket

6 ESSENTIAL QUESTION How can you tell the difference between science and non- science?

7 What is Science?

8 Science Defined Science is limited to studying only the problems of the natural world that can be understood by using the processes of science ◦Scientists must be able to use their senses to observe and evaluate ◦Assumes that the universe is orderly, reasonable, and testable ◦Theories are subject to change and does not have all the answers or solutions

9 “CONPTT” How can we tell Science from Non- Science? ◦Using 6 criteria we will be able to recognize the difference between Science and Non-Science

10 Consistency (paste ½ sheet on Right Side) The results of repeated observations and/or experiments concerning a naturally occurring event are reasonably the same

11 Consistency (write on left side) Reality Check #1 – Which one is not a scientific statement? Green plants will grow towards a light source Walking under a ladder will cause bad luck

12 Observability The event under study can be observed and explained. Observations are limited to the basic human senses.

13 Observability Reality Check #2 – Which of the following is a scientific statement? Some plants eat meat Extraterrestrial beings have visited the Earth

14 Natural A natural cause must be used to explain why or how the naturally occurring event happens. Scientists cannot use supernatural explanations as to why or how naturally occurring events happen Reference to the supernatural is outside the realm of science

15 Natural Reality Check #3 – Which of the following is a scientific statement? Green Plants convert sunlight into energy With a rod, Moses parted the sea so his people could cross to the other side

16 Predictability The natural cause of the naturally occurring event can be used to make specific predictions

17 Predictability Reality Check #4 – Which of the following is not a scientific statement? Without sunlight (or comparable artificial light), green plants will die If you are a “Scorpio”, your horoscope for today is “You’ll be saying ‘I feel rich!’ Lunar position highlights a refund from an accounting error”

18 Testability The natural cause of the naturally occurring event must be testable through the processes of science References to the supernatural events or causes are not relevant tests

19 Testability Reality Check #5 – Which of the following is a scientific statement? The Bermuda Triangle causes ships and planes to sink and disappear Life comes from life and cannot come from non-life

20 Tentativeness Scientific theories are subject to revision and correction, even to the point of the theory being proven wrong. Scientific theories will be continue to be modified to consistently explain observations of naturally occurring events

21 Tentativeness Reality Check #6 – Which of the following is and which one is not a scientific statement? 1 – The number of human chromosomes was once known to be 48, but is now considered to be 46 2 – Living things were once grouped into 2 major groups, then 3, then 4, and now 5, because the criteria used for classifying living things has changed 3 – We know that the world began about 6000 years ago, and nothing will change that 4 – At one time, it was thought the heart pumped blood out of a large container as an “open system”, but now it is known that blood “circulates” in a closed system

22 “Emerging Science” (write on right side) Also known as “Protoscience” may be defined as “near science” It conforms to most of the CONPTT criteria, but typically falls short in 1-2 criteria Limited by current knowledge or technology Example: mental telepathy (information transmitted from one brain to another)

23 “Non-Science” An area of knowledge which does not meet the criteria of science (CONPTT) Topics areas may be very logical and based on good reasoning, but simply do not fall within the realm of science Examples: personal opinions, religious beliefs

24 “False Science” Also known as “pseudoscience” It can be portrayed and advertised as legitimate science by its followers and supporters Phenomena conflict with known physical laws Example: astrology, fortune-telling

25 Class Assignment (worksheet) Is it Science? Is it a Scientific Statement? ◦During the review we looked at one criterion at a time, but all 6 criteria must be used to determine if a statement is scientific. Take 1 statement from class or come up with one on your own and apply all 6 CONPTT criteria to determine if it is a scientific statement. ◦Use the worksheet provided

26 Exit Questions Write the Questions and Answers into the left side of your Interactive Journal 1- How can you tell the difference between science and non-science? 2 – Why is there uncertainty in science? 5 minutes

27 At Home Learning Read Article from Biozine titled “When Knowledge and Ethics collide” ◦See my website for link or go to and search for title Answer one of the “Questions to Consider” ◦Defend your position ◦Answer in at least 4 sentences


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