Scholastic Scholars: Unit 4
Different things can be explained in different ways. It all depends on your viewpoint. Magic tricks, strange animal behaviors, secret codes, lost languages, and mystery stories may all seem inexplicable, or not able to be explained, but if you pay close attention to details, you might realize that many things can indeed be explained. Magicians use clever tricks and illusions to make things disappear, or seem invisible, and to fool spectators. Sometimes animal behavior may seem as inexplicable as magic. However, scientists believe that animals are born with certain attributes, such as the instinct to protect themselves. Over thousands of years, animals adapt, or change, to become better suited to their environments. That's why they can inhabit some of the harshest environments around the world. Codes may also seem like they cannot be explained. But codes are created by humans and they can be unlocked if you know their secrets. Codes, like Morse code, transmit precise messages. During the second World War, many countries used secret codes to communicate plans to outwit their enemies. Today, you may use a code such as a password to login to your e-mail account and exchange e-mails with a friend. That code keeps your account private. Knowing a code can be like knowing another language and almost as helpful. Being able to speak in more than one language helps you understand things that may not be easily explained, such as scientific discoveries or customs practiced by other cultures. Teachers and professors also use other languages to instruct their students, publish articles, and engage in debates. Mystery stories are also things that seem to lack explanations. But a keen eye for details can help you solve mysteries like a detective. When detectives try to solve a crime, they investigate the details, search for evidence, and uncover clues. And when the detective has solved the mystery, he or she has come to explain what seemed inexplicable at first.
In this unit, you will learn how things can be explained in different ways using different techniques.