Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993)

Concept featured in film: Observation, Examining evidence

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 9: 0:52:48 - 0:53:26


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Summary of clip: Dr. Sattler examines a large pile of dinosaur droppings to determine if they have been eating a certain plant. Then she wanders off mumbling her train of thought out loud to herself.

NOTE: this clip should be started AFTER Dr. Malcolm makes his astute "That's one big pile of s***" observation. This may not be considered appropriate language for a school setting, so be careful where you start the clip.

Connection of flick to concept: This could be used as an engaging activity when studying scientific method and the nature of science.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a.Do you think scientific observation is usually clean? Messy? Does it depend on what you're looking for? What are some exampes of "clean" or "messy" observations?

b. What is Dr. Sattler trying to figure out in this scene? How is this examination going to help?

c. Is this a kind of examination something that real scientists do? What type of information can be obtained from this observation?

d. Are there other ways to find out what animals eat? How else might scientists find this out?