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ERIC Number: EJ878056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Magic Termites: Exploring Scientific Inquiry
Callis, Kristine; Henkel, Melissa; Lund, Rachael
Science Scope, v33 n7 p61-66 Mar 2010
The objective of the termite experiment is to walk students through the process of designing and conducting an experiment while allowing them to use inquiry-based methods to infer why, in this lab, termites follow the line of blue Bic or Paper Mate brand ballpoint pens. This experiment also reinforces the concept of observation versus inference and introduces independent and dependent variables. Students not only identify variables, but also identify constants in their experiment. (Contains 5 figures and 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A