Summer Research Program for Science Teachers

Paul Englehart

Syosset High School, Long Island, NY

Summer 1998

Lesson Plan

Class: Science Research II

To develop the studentsí understanding of how long-term research is accomplished

To have students understand the concepts of background research, experimental design, and design implementation.

To introduce some Chemistry topics for future discussion.

Plan:

Introduce Dr. I. Bernard Weinstein’s video Disorders In Cell Circuitry In Human Cancer in terms of how an observed fact/relationship can be developed into a research project.

Show video, pausing at key areas for discussion:

Chart showing death rates: why did deaths due to infectious diseases increase around 1919?

Two instances of multifactorial (synergistic) effects

Discuss controlled studies (control groups) [9-12 Content Standard A- Variable control]

Accelerator/brake model of cell growth

Discuss use of analogies in science (physical vs. scientific models)

[Teaching Standard B- Orchestrate scientific discourse]

Briefly discuss some Chemistry terms used for future reference:

oxidation/hydrogenation

covalent (bonding)

macromolecules

lipid-soluble/water-soluble

phosphorylation

[9-12 Content Standard B- Structure of properties and matter]

Assignment:

Students must briefly discuss:

The difference between carcinogen/mutagen/tetragen.

One simple cause and effect relationship in science. [Content Standard Unifying Concepts- Evidence, models, and explanation]

One multifactorial cause and effect relationship in science.

 

 

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