Sequencing Events (The Cartoon Activity)
The two to three class periods described here will involve developing language with students which they can then use to talk about and critique scientific arguments. Students will begin by attempting to sequence and create a story around a series of cartoon frames. This experience will serve as the basis for a discussion about how decisions were made in this instance and how arguments are constructed in science more generally. In particular, this activity focuses student attention on the role of data, observations, and prior knowledge and beliefs in the development of inferences.
Successful completion of this material involves:
Students will produce story boards with the cartoon cards that can be shared with other students. They will also complete two written assignments about the role of data and prior knowledge and beliefs in making inferences. Additionally, there is a quiz that may be used to assess mastery of these concepts.