The Great Debate – Science Matters Bundle 2


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This bundle includes each of the following science debates:

  • Humans vs. Robots
  • De-extinction
  • Overfishing
  • EV vs. ICE
  • Tourism

Each download includes the following:

  • 8 Fictional Character Cards (student roles) - 4 characters are FOR the topic and 4 characters are AGAINST the topic
  • Student Worksheets - whether actively debating or in the audience, students will need to research the topic, generate questions, and determine if sources are credible
  • Teacher Guide - offers debate-style options, objectives, and keys to running a successful debate
  • Assessment Rubrics - one for summative grading and one for peer assessment based on behaviors of the debate team
  • Classroom Posters - useful reminders during a debate



The Great Debate: Science Matters is a learning series from Nitty Gritty Science to help foster science literacy among your students.

For students to attain skills that build science literacy, educators need to provide helpful tools and exercises that support critical thinking to avoid being misinformed on scientific issues. This includes teaching students how the scientific community produces information, how media and social media share the information, and how individuals encounter and form opinions on this information.

Science Debates are a perfect learning tool to build science literacy skills by encouraging students to:

  • Develop research skills
  • Evaluate both sides of an issue
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Become critical thinkers
  • Form opinions and communicate with others who may have a different point of view