CER (Claim Evidence Reasoning) is an effective way for students to structure their conclusions by wrapping together their lab evidence and science reasoning. However, do you need a simple, low-barrier-to-entry example to intro CER (Claim Evidence Reasoning)? I do. Even though I have CER infographics from Blog 4 to show my students fun science CER examples, I still need something to intro CER. Something we can discuss and create as a class. And, preferably, something that all students can relate to.
That’s what I was thinking as I stood in front of my class one day as I was just about to show the infographics. I thought, “these examples are fun but still a little too scientific. I need something students can talk about now” So, I came up with this intro CER claim: “Red Jellybeans are the best ones.”
Keeping Intro CER examples simple
It’s a claim that students can at least can discuss (because most students know what jellybeans are) even if they don’t agree with the statement. It’s an example with a low barrier of entry. When we discuss the claim in class, I tell the students to assume the claim to be true. Then, I ask, “what quantitative evidence and scientific reasoning can we use to support this claim?” And, instead of getting blank looks onto students’ faces, I get back some thoughtful responses. If you want a copy of our Jellybean discussion notes, you can download it at the end of the post.
Back in Blog 10, I wrote about teaching with examples that students from all over the world can connect with (in that activity, it was gas prices). I am saying the same when coming up with simple intro CER examples. Here are 11 intro CER statements you can use for class discussions.
- Red Jellybeans are the best10ones..
- Television is the most important invention of the 20th Century.
- Gas prices are lower in developing (ie third world) nations
- Seafood-based diets are healthier for you.
- Tea is the most popular drink in the world
- Students studying math online do better than those studying math in the traditional classroom.
- More young adults under the age of 30 tare living with their parents today.
- People are saving more money for retirement today.
- Soccer is the most popular sport in the world
- Taylor Swift is the greatest performer of all time.
- Chicken soup is a good remedy for a cold.
Again, during discussion, tell students to assume the claims to be true and then to ask for quantitative evidence and scientific reasoning to support the claims. Note: the statements are not for debate. If you want the Jellybean discussion notes, click the link below and subscribe to our email list. A copy of our notes will be sent to you.
Until next time, keep it REAL.