Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science by Lawrence Flammer

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A text supplement for students in any grade 7-10 science class, it is used with several freely available interactive lessons for a unit on the nature of science (NoS). The unit addresses many of the common misconceptions about NoS. It satisfies virtually all the latest NoS standards (in NGSS, CCSS). It includes strategies for critical and skeptical thinking. Teacher's Guide is also available.

Secondary Science Teachers: If you're looking for a unit to teach the nature of science (NoS), with lessons for practicing critical and skeptical thinking, this is it. This new text supplement is intended for students in any science class, grades 7-10. It can replace the usual first chapter in most secondary science textbooks with an updated and more accurate treatment of how science works, what it can and cannot do, and why it's so effective for increasing our understanding of the natural world. It particularly addresses the many misconceptions about NoS. It also satisfies virtually all of the new NOS science standards (in NGSS and CCSS). The booklet is part of an intensive introductory unit, using a collection of engaging interactive lessons freely available for download from the author's web site. There is also a Teacher's Guide to help do this most effectively, with the URLs for getting the lessons, unit plans, worksheets and other ancillary materials. If this sounds like something you want for your students, get this textbook, read it, then request the Teacher's Guide from the author, currently at no charge.

About Lawrence Flammer

With an MS in zoology, I taught high school biology for 38 years, "retired" in 1997. I also taught earth science, physical science, life science and computer programming. In 1998, I developed a website for the ENSI program (Evolution and Nature of Science Institute). The site provides classroom-tested interactive lessons on the nature of science and evolution (including geological age dating). These lessons are freely available for download. The site continues to be very popular, with upwards of 2,000 hits per month, and more than 600 teachers on the ENSI listserves. Its lessons are used in many undergraduate classes and increasingly in AP Biology classes. The textbook "Science Surprises" evolved out of a text supplement I developed for teaching the nature of science in the 1960s. I have also enjoyed mentoring new science teachers, both directly and online (with the eMSS program out of UC Santa Cruz New Teacher Center).

I have published a few articles on teaching evolution and the nature of science:

“The Evolution Solution” in the ABT's American Biology Teacher in March, 2006. You can access it easily at . The article details the approach to teaching evolution that I used for most of my teaching years.

"Chromosome Connections: Compelling Clues to Common Ancestry" in the ABT's American Biology Teacher in February, 2013, available at . Using tangible features of chromosomes to reveal different lines of evidence of human ancestry.

"Patterns in Time" in NSTA's Science Scope in February, 2011, available at . Engaging lessons for developing a personal time sense for deep time, and the patterns of emergence for the major classes of vertebrates over tens of millions of years.

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