Science is… Science is not… Nature of Science Lesson (in-person classroom version available HERE) is adapted from the University of Indiana’s Evolution and Nature of Science Institute’s Sunsets, Souls, and Senses Lesson. The following STEMAZing Teacher Guide for Science is Science is not Virtual describes how to use this lesson virtually and provides links to prepared Google Slides option to cut and paste into your own presentation and assign to students. Everything you need to bring this nature of science lesson to life for your students in a virtual setting is included. This lesson can also be used as a flipped, asynchronous assignment by having students sort statements individually before they work in groups.
From original lesson:
Overview: Explores the realm and limits of science. Engages students to give examples of topics that can be studied by science, and those that cannot. This also takes a look at descriptive terms that reflect the true nature of modern science, and those that do not, especially those that do not fit the popular perceptions of science.
• Science is limited to the study of the natural universe.
• Science is limited to natural explanations.
• The natural universe refers to that which is perceived directly or indirectly by our senses.
Special thanks to Margaret Wilch for introducing The STEMAZing Project to this incredible lesson!