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Where’s the Science?
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Science is all around us and can be found in virtually any topic. Encouraging students to see the science in everyday activities will help them assess potential topics for the news stories they plan to write.

Objective: Students will identify the science that exists in a variety of topics by considering the questions such topics evoke.

Materials:

Finding the Science
Where’s the Science?

Time: 40-50 minutes

lesson – Where’s the Science

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Finding a Topic
Lesson

Deciding upon a topic may be one of the more difficult parts of science journalism. Topic selection can be viewed on a continuum from teacher assigned topics at one end (based upon curricular demands) to free student selection at the other. It is important to guide young journalists so that topics are focused and relevant.

Objective: Students will identify their own interests and explore a variety of science topics.
Materials:

Interest Survey
Science Topics
Time: approximately 30 minutes for introductory activity, then on-going

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Beginning or ending each class with a short (5 minute or less) news briefing about current issues in science keeps students aware of the science that surrounds them. It might be described as similar to briefings the president receives each day (though, of course, much shorter) – important updates for important people. In addition, informed students will have a wide array of topics from which to choose when they write articles later.

Read Aloud – news briefing

Read Aloud – website credibility (Editable Version)

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