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Activity Description of "Animal Welfare Hearing"

Title Animal Welfare Hearing
Audience Middle School/High School biology, english, social studies
Abstract This was, without a doubt, the best activity our class did this past year, and it was probably one of the best I've ever done with middle schoolers. I set it up like a congressional hearing. Three or four students are the joint chairpersons of the hearing, and they basically run class for the next week. I have the kids dress up for extra credit. This adds a great touch and really gets them into the role playing aspect of the activity. During the two days of preparation, I provide each group with a packet of about 30 articles. I reproduce these articles from SIRS Researcher, a CD-ROM magazine database. I tried to collect a good cross section of opinions on this issue.
Author Scott DeGasperis
Email sdega@nicom.com
Unifying Concept Evidence, models, and explanation
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Science as a human endeavor, Historical perspectives
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesNatural resources, Science and technology in local, national, global challenges
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Interdependence of organisms
Other Standards Science Teaching, Assessment

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