Master and Commander

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)


Concept featured in film:Observation

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 27


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Summary of clip: Dr. Maturin and Midshipman Blakeney are exploring the Galapagos.

Connection of flick to concept: This clip can be an engaging way to start a conversation about scientific observation

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

a. What is the goal of these observations?

b. What methods are they using to observe? What equipment and technology do they use? What type of modern technology could be used in this case?

c. What types of observations are they making? Qualitative? Quantitative? Both? Give Examples.

d. How are they collecting and recording data?

e. Do you think that real scientists do these types of field observations?

f. Why are the Galapagos famous?

2. Have students gather observations on the organisms that live on school grounds or at a nearby park. Students should include pictures, written descriptions, and numerical data.