Learn how to use the criteria to identify valid scientific conclusions.
In this activity, students will use the criteria and a thinking strategy to identify a valid scientific conclusion for which method of producing hydrogen fuel cells is the most sustainable: steam, methane cracking, or water electrolysis. These thinking tools can be used by students to identify valid scientific conclusions based on evidence in multiple contexts. While this activity uses examples related to electricity generation, other examples could be used to help nurture the competency of processing and analyzing data and information.
Encourage your students to use the criteria for a valid scientific conclusion to create their own valid scientific conclusions based on evidence they collect for another inquiry in your class.
This activity also assumes a working knowledge of sustainability. Check out this website to learn more about what makes a resource sustainable.
Throughout the activity, consider how well students:
Guide students in using the “Assessing my ability to identify valid scientific conclusions” rubric during the activity.
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