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ERIC Number: EJ1160681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
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Secrets of a Mass Grave
Ament, Caitlin Marie; Graham, Theodore J.
Science Teacher, v84 n8 p26-29 Nov 2017
This article presents a unit of study in which students examine skeletons and draw conclusions from the evidence they find in a simulated mass grave. The activity involves the foundation of forensic anthropology--interpreting the structure of skeletal remains to determine sex, age, height, and possible cause of death. Working through a series of lessons, students gather, interpret, and draw conclusions from evidence in the same way scientists do. These skills reflect the nature of science and are an essential part of science instruction (DeBoer 2006). As the unit progresses, students engage in scientific discourse by constructing explanations and arguing from their analysis of evidence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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