Grade Level: 6-8
Introduction: After reading background information on the cloud forest, perusing the panoramas, and watching video clips, students will compose a testable question that pertains to any aspect of the cloud forest. Students will then propose a hypothesis and design an experiment that would help answer the question. Students will work in pairs to discuss their questions, hypotheses, and experimental designs. [Note: This lesson is a sensible follow-up to The Tools and Techniques of Field Work lesson.]
Objectives: Students will be able to: (1) create a question that can be answered through a scientific investigation, (2) compose a hypothesis, (3) design a scientific investigation
National Science Standards: Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations (A); design and conduct a scientific investigation (A); recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions (A).
Time: 60 minutes (5 minutes for opening, 30 minutes for student handout, 20 minutes for peer conferencing, 5 minutes for closing)