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Truth, Science and Fake News

Here’s what we did today in the wake of this:

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And also, let’s be honest, because trying to get across the importance of using reliable sources and evidence is one of the hardest concepts and skills to teach. Something that might help keep democracy working.

Here’s what worked so well today that we were stunned when the bell went. So interesting to hear their thoughts about all this.

1. What is ‘truth’? Are there different kinds of truth? Why does truth matter? How is science related to truth? Similies? Opposites? Is it good or bad? When? Examples of useful truths and destructive lies. Write on your whiteboard. Share out in a ‘Socrates Seminar’

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2. Write about truth for 5 minutes in your journal.

3. Look up ‘truth’ on Wikipedia. Translate to simple English. How does it compare to what you wrote?

4. Read about fake news. Pick any of these:

5. Answer at least a couple of these questions in your journal:

  • What is ‘fake news’? Why is it created?
  • What was the most surprising ‘fake news’ you found? What was so surprising?
  • Why do people write, believe and spread fake news?
  • How can you tell if news or information is fake or reliable?
  • Why is fake news such an important issue in society right now?  What are hallmarks of reliable, evidence-based information?
  • What can you and your friends do to improve the amount of real news shared on social media?

6. Discuss what you learned about the importance of evidence-based information in science and in society. (And therefore why it’s important to use and cite reliable sources!)

December 2, 2016 at 12:47 PM Leave a comment

Plant 2 Trees Project Overview and Resources NSTA Oct.2015

The down and dirty, step-by-step guide for teachers who want to do this project with their students. Goes with the workshop given at National Science Teachers’ Association conference in Reno, October 2015.

Continue Reading October 20, 2015 at 12:21 PM Leave a comment

A Whole year of 7th Grade Science – the best one yet!

A link to the whole lot – a year’s worth of successful, fun and free curriculum tested at Orinda Intermediate School.

Continue Reading June 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM Leave a comment

Back to the past in future…

Old fashioned notebooks and whiteboards make for a more flexible and friendly classroom, here’s what we are trying in the 7th grade…

Continue Reading February 7, 2015 at 6:50 PM Leave a comment

Engaging students in rigorous research

Those words have often not gone together – engagement, rigor and research. But finally, they are for most students most of the past week or so, with the new and improved Take Action Project. I’m excited to share the activities and pictures with you.

Continue Reading May 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM Leave a comment

The Sands of Time Project: Intro to Evolution

An engaging, interactive project to teach the timeline of life with modeling clay, sand, soda bottles, dirt, and a little mystery.

Continue Reading April 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

(Trying) Google Docs with 160 8th graders

The nuts, gravel and bolts of using Google Docs with 8th grade science classes. Read this before you lose your mind too – it WILL be better next time 🙂

Continue Reading December 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM Leave a comment

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