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Do You Have ESP?


This module from the James Randi Educational Foundation is designed to allow students to come to their own conclusions about the validity of ESP claims through the use of carefully designed and controlled experiments. Students will also learn how to accurately evaluate the significance of the results guarding against, experimenter error, bias, and intentional fraud. Students will explore concepts of critical thinking and the scientific process.

Grade Level
Grades 9 through 12  

Context
This exercise is suited for students in biology or psychology classes and can be completed in one hour although may require additional time depending on the number of trials performed.

 


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cfcoversmallThe Cottingley Fairies: Examine the Evidence
 

The Case of the Cottingley Fairies educational module examines one of the most celebrated public hoaxes in history. This guide tells the Cottingley story while exploring the role of publicity, celebrity, and physical evidence in shaping the public’s perception of extraordinary claims.

Grade Level
Grades 3 through 5

Context
This exercise is suitable for any classroom context and can be completed in a single class period.

 

 

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dowsing_smallDowsing: Science or Pseudoscience?
 

Dowsing: Science or Pseudoscience? explores the history, claims, methods, and science of dowsing. The lesson uses hands-on activities and discussion questions to help students examine the subject in a way that promotes well-reasoned skepticism of unproven and pseudoscientific claims.

Grade Level
Grades 8 through 12

Context
This exercise is suited for students in biology or psychology classes and can be completed in one hour although may require additional time depending on the number of trials performed.

 

 

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astrologymoduleAstrology: Superstition or Science?
 

Astrology: Superstition or Science? is a downloadable lesson module for use in high school and junior high school science and psychology classes that allows students to explore the scientific method, critical thinking and parapsycholological research through an examination of the history of belief in astrology. Students can come to their own conclusions about whether the claims of astrology merit assent, and engage in hands-on experiments about astrological predictions.

Grade Level
Grades 6 through 12

Context
Astrology: Superstition or Science? exposes students to concepts identified in the national science content standards and AAAS science literacy benchmarks related to the scientific process, Science as Inquiry, and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, and the History and Nature of Science, and does so while presenting a topic of that captures the attention of students from many diverse backgrounds. AAAS Science Literacy Benchmarks addressed in the lesson include The Scientific Worldview, Scientific Inquiry and The Scientific Enterprise.

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