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Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry

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Students explore the basics of scientific inquiry, refine their critical-thinking skills, and appreciate the purpose of scientific research.

Lesson
Major Concept for Students
1. Inquiring MindsScientists use various methods of scientific inquiry to learn about the natural world.
2. Working with QuestionsScientists ask questions that are scientifically testable through investigations.
3. Conducting a Scientific InvestigationScientists think critically about evidence that should be collected.
4. Pulling It All TogetherScientific inquiry is a process of discovery that begins with a testable question that can be investigated.
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