Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12 NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
by: Victor Sampson, Peter Carafano, Patrick Enderle, Steve Fannin, Jonathon Grooms, Sherry A. Southerland, Carol Stallworth, and Kiesha Williams
Grade Level: High School
New in February 2016!
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations, with the information and materials you need to start using this method right away. The book includes 30 field-tested labs that cover a broad range of topics related to chemical reactions...  [view full summary]
New in February 2016!
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations, with the information and materials you need to start using this method right away. The book includes 30 field-tested labs that cover a broad range of topics related to chemical reactions and matter’s structure and properties. The investigations are designed to be more authentic scientific experiences than traditional laboratory activities. They give your students an opportunity to design their own methods, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique claims and evidence. Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry provides the student materials you need to guide your students through these investigations. With lab details, student handouts, and safety information, your students will be ready to start investigating.
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Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science
by: Richard Konicek-Moran and Page Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
What do you get when you bring together two of NSTA’s bestselling authors to ponder ways to deepen students’ conceptual understanding of science? A fascinating combination of deep thinking about science teaching, field-tested strategies you can use in your classroom immediately, and personal vignettes all educators can relate to and apply themselves.

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science is by Richard Konicek-Moran, a researcher...  [view full summary]
What do you get when you bring together two of NSTA’s bestselling authors to ponder ways to deepen students’ conceptual understanding of science? A fascinating combination of deep thinking about science teaching, field-tested strategies you can use in your classroom immediately, and personal vignettes all educators can relate to and apply themselves.

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science is by Richard Konicek-Moran, a researcher and professor who wrote the Everyday Science Mysteries series, and Page Keeley, a practitioner and teacher educator who writes the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Written in an appealing, conversational style, this new book
•explores where science education has been and where it’s going;
•emphasizes how knowing the history and nature of science can help you engage in teaching for conceptual understanding and conceptual change;
•stresses the importance of formative assessment as a pathway to conceptual change; and
•provides a bridge between research and practice.

This is the kind of thought-provoking book that can truly change the way you teach. Whether you read each chapter in sequence or start by browsing the topics in the vignettes, Konicek-Moran and Keeley will make you think—really think—about the major goal of science education in the 21st century: to help students understand science at the conceptual level so they can see its connections to other fields, other concepts, and their own lives.
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Reimagining the Science Department NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Reimagining the Science Department
by: Wayne Melville, Doug Jones, and Todd Campbell
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
What if you could change the department-level factors that don’t support teaching and learning? Explore answers to this fascinating question and many more with Reimagining the Science Department. In five thoughtful chapters, the book invites you to reassess past and current practices in science departments as you rethink the future for teachers and students in your own science classrooms. Although the text offers rich historical perspective,...  [view full summary]
What if you could change the department-level factors that don’t support teaching and learning? Explore answers to this fascinating question and many more with Reimagining the Science Department. In five thoughtful chapters, the book invites you to reassess past and current practices in science departments as you rethink the future for teachers and students in your own science classrooms. Although the text offers rich historical perspective, you’ll come away with sensible strategies—bolstered by practitioner vignettes and related research—that your entire department can put to work right away.

Reimagining the Science Department is a must-read resource for chairs and those who aspire to become chairs, but it’s also useful for school administrators and school board members who are committed to developing a department in which the practices of science are taught for the benefit of all students.
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The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations
by: Julie V. McGough and Lisa M. Nyberg
Grade Level: Elementary School
This pedagogical picture book is a powerful tool in a small package.

The authors of The Power of Questioning invite you to nurture the potential for learning that grows out of children’s irrepressible urges to ask questions. The book’s foundation is a three-part instructional model, Powerful Practices, grounded in questioning, investigation, and assessment. To bring the model to life, the authors provide vivid pictures as well as links...  [view full summary]
This pedagogical picture book is a powerful tool in a small package.

The authors of The Power of Questioning invite you to nurture the potential for learning that grows out of children’s irrepressible urges to ask questions. The book’s foundation is a three-part instructional model, Powerful Practices, grounded in questioning, investigation, and assessment. To bring the model to life, the authors provide vivid pictures as well as links to special videos and audio recordings. You can actually hear teachers and students engage in questioning and watch two easy-to-adapt examples (involving plants and life cycles) of the model in action. Then, you can implement new strategies right away in your own classroom, regardless of grade or topic. Both you and your students will learn how to question effectively, making investigations more engaging. The book also illustrates how to integrate state standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and STEM education practices.

The Power of Questioning is a fresh, lively source of strategies both you and your students will enjoy. As the authors—both veteran educators—point out, the elementary science classroom is the perfect place to take advantage of natural curiosity as part of the learning process.
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Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8 NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8
by: Patrick J. Enderle, Ruth Bickel, Leeanne K. Gleim, Ellen Granger, Jonathon Grooms, Melanie Hester, Ashley Murphy, Victor Sampson, and Sherry A. Southerland
Grade Level: Middle School
New in February 2016!
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for middle school lab instruction but aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations, with the information and materials you need to start using this method right away. The book includes 20 field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, biological...  [view full summary]
New in February 2016!
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for middle school lab instruction but aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations, with the information and materials you need to start using this method right away. The book includes 20 field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, biological evolution, and heredity. They give your students an opportunity to design their own methods, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique claims and evidence. Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science provides the student materials you need to guide your students through these investigations. With lab details, student handouts, and safety information, your students will be ready to start investigating.
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The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments
by: Rodger W. Bybee
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
With this book, you can stop wishing you could engage your students more fully and start engaging. Magic moments no longer have to be random. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model can help you create more teachable moments in your classroom.

Created in the late 1980s by a team led by author Rodger Bybee, the popular BSCS 5E Instructional Model includes five phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. Bybee wrote this...  [view full summary]
With this book, you can stop wishing you could engage your students more fully and start engaging. Magic moments no longer have to be random. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model can help you create more teachable moments in your classroom.

Created in the late 1980s by a team led by author Rodger Bybee, the popular BSCS 5E Instructional Model includes five phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. Bybee wrote this book to be just as well organized and practical as the model itself. Much of it is devoted to an in-depth explanation of how to put the model to work in the classroom, but the book also

• explores the historical idea of what can be considered instructional models and education research that supports such models;
• explains how to connect the model to the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM education, 21st-century skills, and implementation in your classroom; and
• weaves a narrative that encompasses education research, the psychology of learning, and the reality of classroom practice.

Firmly rooted in research but brought to life in a conversational tone, The BSCS 5E Instructional Model addresses every teacher’s concern: how to become more effective in the classroom—and enjoy more of those teachable moments.
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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment
by: Page Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School
2015 REVERE Award Winner, PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers!

“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers...  [view full summary]
2015 REVERE Award Winner, PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers!

“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers is to find ways to elicit these ideas and then use appropriate strategies to move students’ learning forward.”
—Page Keeley, author of the bestselling NSTA Press series
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

You don’t have to become a mind reader to understand the ideas young students bring to science class. This collection will help you draw out and then recognize what students know—or think they know—about the natural world. What Are They Thinking? is a compendium of 30 “Formative Assessment Probes” columns from NSTA’s elementary journal Science and Children. Each chapter provides:

A sample formative assessment probe: a set of interesting questions that root out commonly held, often-mistaken ideas. Geared to elementary students, probe topics range from why you can see the Moon in the daytime to where water goes when it evaporates to what is or isn’t a rock. Your students’ answers to each probe will help you take a step back and figure out how to guide them from where they are conceptually to where they need to be.
Accompanying teacher notes: easy-to-grasp explanations and advice that tell you how to encourage evidence-based discussion and then monitor students’ understanding.
A bonus feature: a set of study group questions written especially for this compendium by award-winning author Page Keeley.

So forget about acquiring psychic powers. Instead, turn to What Are They Thinking? to transform both your teaching and your students’ learning about science.
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Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8: Phenomenon-Based Learning NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8: Phenomenon-Based Learning
by: Matthew Bobrowsky, Mikko Korhonen, and Jukka Kohtamäki
Grade Level: Middle School
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, and more? The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8, cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy.

The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book:

1. To improve your students’ thinking...  [view full summary]
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, and more? The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8, cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy.

The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book:

1. To improve your students’ thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
2. To get easy-to-perform experiments that engage students in the topic.
3. To make your physics lessons waaaaay more cool.

The phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach used by the authors—two Finnish teachers and a U.S. professor—is as educational as the experiments are attention-grabbing. Instead of putting the theory before the application, PBL encourages students to first experience how the gadgets work and then grow curious enough to find out why. Students engage in the activities not as a task to be completed but as exploration and discovery.

The idea is to help your students go beyond simply memorizing physical science facts. Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos can help them learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and science and engineering practices (as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards). And—thanks to those Sound Pipes and Dropper Poppers—both your students and you will have some serious fun.

For more information about hands-on materials for Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, visit Arbor Scientific at http://www.arborsci.com/nsta-kit-middle-school
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Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3-5: Phenomenon-Based Learning NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3-5: Phenomenon-Based Learning
by: Matthew Bobrowsky, Mikko Korhonen, and Jukka Kohtamaki
Grade Level: Elementary School
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Velocity Radar Guns, Running Parachutes, Super Solar Racer Cars, and more? The 30 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3–5, let your elementary school students explore a variety of phenomena involved with speed, friction and air resistance, gravity, air pressure, electricity, electric circuits, magnetism, and energy.

The authors say there are...  [view full summary]
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Velocity Radar Guns, Running Parachutes, Super Solar Racer Cars, and more? The 30 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3–5, let your elementary school students explore a variety of phenomena involved with speed, friction and air resistance, gravity, air pressure, electricity, electric circuits, magnetism, and energy.

The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book:

1. To improve your students’ thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
2. To get easy-to-perform experiments that engage students in the topic.
3. To make your physics lessons waaaaay more cool.

The phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach used by the authors—two Finnish teachers and a U.S. professor—is as educational as the experiments are attention-grabbing. Instead of putting the theory before the application, PBL encourages students to first experience how the gadgets work and then grow curious enough to find out why. Working in groups, students engage in the activities not as a task to be completed but as exploration and discovery using curiosity-piquing devices and doohickeys.

The idea is to motivate young scientists to go beyond simply memorizing science facts. Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos can help them learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and science and engineering practices (as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards). And—thanks to those radar guns and race cars—both your students and you will have some serious fun.

For more information about hands-on materials for Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, visit Arbor Scientific at http://www.arborsci.com/nsta-es-kits
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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12 NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
by: Victor Sampson, Peter Carafano, Patrick Enderle, Steve Fannin, Jonathon Grooms, Sherry A. Southerland, Carol Stallworth, and Kiesha Williams
Grade Level: High School
Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports. Thirty field-tested labs cover a broad range...  [view full summary]
Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports. Thirty field-tested labs cover a broad range of topics related to chemical reactions and matter's structure and properties. You can use them as introduction labs to acquaint students with new content or as application labs to try out a theory, law, or unifying concept.

Like Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology, this book was written by veteran teachers who made it easy to use and aligned with today's standards. All labs include reproducible student pages, teacher notes, and checkout questions. If you've been wanting to try an argument-driven approach to chemistry but haven't been sure how, this book will provide both the information and instructional materials you need to get started.
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