Science Sampler: Pick-a-numberby: Daniel Sitzman

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The Pick-a-number activity, a variation of the game 20 Questions, provides a way to address challenges at the beginning of the school year, in a standards-based way. It also helps students develop the essential skill of asking questions as part of the scientific inquiry process.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
9/1/2005

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  • on Wed May 22, 2013 10:41 AM

This article describes the standard game of 20 Questions and does an activity about guessing a number. Students are carefully led through the first session in order to learn the strategy. This game can then be related to how scientists start with a broad question and then go on to narrow it down to a more specific question.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:05 AM

This article describes how scientists approach problems by asking a sequence of questions. Each question further narrows their search for answers to the solution they are seeking. This teacher uses the format of a game called 20 questions to illustrate this process with his students. This simple game format illustrates how questions start with a broad stroke and culminate with more specific questioning to find an answer. Kids love games and this number game illustrates how scientists solve problems.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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