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Throughout the years, many products have been touted for their immunity boosting properties. You may wish to investigate one of the following products:
- vitamin C
- oil of oregano
- cold fx
- bee pollen
- herbal teas- ex. sleepytime
How can we know if health claims are valid?
Students will examine a health product that claims to boost immunity and determine whether scientific evidence supports the claim as valid. Students will then review videos to find a video that makes valid scientific claims.
- Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest
- Identify a question to answer or a problem to solve through scientific inquiry
- Collaboratively plan a range of investigation types, including field work and experiments, to answer their questions or solve problems they have identified
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of evidence (qualitative and quantitative)
- Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations
- Generate and introduce new or refined ideas when problem solving
C - Credibility:
- Can you find the author/sponsor of the information? What are their credentials? Education? Experience? Affiliations?
- Can you find an "about us" or "contact us" link? Does it give more than an email address? That is, is there a phone number or postal address to contact for more information?
A - Accuracy:
- Do there appear to be errors on the page (ie. spelling, grammar, facts)? These kinds of errors not only indicate a lack of quality control, but can actually produce inaccuracies in information.
- Do they cite the sources of their information?
R - Reliability:
- Is the source free from any sense of bias?
- Is the information free of advertising or clearly separated from it?
D - Date:
- Is it easy to find the copyright date?
- Are there dates for when it was written? When it was last revised?
- If there are statistics, graphs and/or charts, is it clearly stated when the data was gathered?
S - Source:
- Is the information based on primary or secondary sources?
- Are there links to other sources that would score high in this CARDS evaluation?