Thinking Skills Activity: Hypothesizing

HYPOTHESIZING
Bob Valiant, 15 March 2004

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Thinking Skill Emphasized: HYPOTHESIZING

Hypothesizing may be used either in an attempt to generate potential causes for an event or to predict the outcome based on a given set of circumstances.
LESSON/ACTIVITY SHEET

Activity Description:

Hypothesizing may be used either in an attempt to generate potential causes for an event or to predict the outcome based on a given set of circumstances. One way to develop your skills of hypothesizing is to play the game of hypothesizing. To play the game, one person merely asks a question beginning with “Why” or “What if” and other participants offer as many hypotheses as they can to answer the question. As in brainstorming, all answers are accepted, no matter how far fetched or “off-the-wall.” A recorder should keep track of all of the answers.

Here are some sample questions to try:

What if the French had not sold the U.S. the “Louisiana Purchase”?

You don’t receive any phone calls for 3 days. Why?

What if the Mars rovers find living organisms on Mars?

Cars approaching you on the freeway have their lights on in the middle of the day. Why?

What if the moon produced heat and light just as the sun does?

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