Solving the Mystery of Mock Mummies: Using Scientific Inquiry Skills in an Integrated Lessonby: Meena Balgopal, Shaun Cornwall, Heather Gill-Robinson, and Damien S. Reinhart

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When the nature of science (NOS) is reinforced, middle school students will be able to appreciate scientific inquiry processes and communication, as outlined in the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996). To this end, the authors developed a mummy-making and dissection activity to help sixth- and seventh-grade students learn more about anthropological research and reinforce NOS. Students become scientists who ask questions, collect data in a methodical and objective manner, make inferences, and form conclusions that are supported with evidence.

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  • on Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:44 PM

Students in middle school engage in a mummy-making and dissection activity to learn more about anthropological research and to reinforce their understanding of the Nature of Science. Students work in groups to create their mummies and then proceed to dissect them. All aspects of this very interesting activity are provided in this article including a very helpful rubric. What makes this activity so useful is its interdisciplinary approach to social studies, math and language arts.

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

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 10:46 AM

This article fully explains who the nature of science came be used to understand how professional anthropologists use skills and knowledge from three content areas: science, social studies, and English. Students learn to document data in an organized manner and share their data with others and make data-supported inferences much like scientists do. All aspects of this activity are provided in this interdisciplinary approach which uses higher order thinking skills. This might be a good activity to start the school year.

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

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