Moral or Unjust? Exploring Ethical Issues of Scientific Research

Katelyn Gardepe, Fifth Grade, Selwyn Elementary School

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


The intent of my unit is to focus on the ethical issues surrounding scientific research. We will begin by discussing the ethics that are involved in scientific research as a whole and what the entire process encompasses. Students will have a chance to discuss and share ideas of why ethics are so important and what might happen if this Code of Ethics did not exist. Throughout the unit, students will utilize various case studies to study these ethical issues, as well as numerous reading strategies. These strategies include understanding fact and opinion, cause and effect relationships, comparing and contrasting two different viewpoints, understanding how authors use evidence to support a particular point in a text, and much more.