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Nature of Science Teaching Activities
The Nature of Science strand is described in the science learning area as the overarching and unifying strand. How might this influence our teaching and our choice of teaching activities? What teaching activities will help us teach the nature of science?
The teaching activities in this section provide examples for how we might adapt other activities to meet the aims of the Nature of Science strand.
The Nature of Science strand has four Achievement Aims which are summarised as: Understanding about science, Investigating in science, Communicating in science, Participating and contributing. Rather than teaching these separately, most teaching activities are likely to involve students in more than one of these aspects. Thinking about the aims helps us give a focus to our teaching of the Nature of Science. The table below lists one or more Achievement Aim from the Nature of Science as a major focus for the activity.