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Learners turn over a random selection of cards from a larger set. From the words revealed, they try to determine the sentence represented on the larger set of cards. By turning over more cards, learners get more clues about the possible sentence. Use this activity to teach about the nature of scientific inquiry -- scientists often don't have all the information, there are many interpretations of information, and scientists must communicate to come to consensus about interpretations of information.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
    • Science as a Career


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Scotchmoor, Judy ; Janulaw, Al


  • All rights reserved, Regents of the University of California, 2002