Inquiry Into the Heart of a Comet by: Whitney Cobb, Maura Rountree-Brown, Lucy McFadden, and Elizabeth Warner

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Wouldn’t it be thrilling to emulate a real life model of science in action in classrooms? How? By starting with a great, hands-on activity modeling an object in space that introduces both key vocabulary and science concepts with visuals to support retention and learning; encouraging collaboration to enrich student engagement with those concepts as students develop their models; and capping the experience by scaffolding an opportunity for students to engage in scientific argumentation as they discuss the strengths and limitations of their models and brainstorm ways to improve them. In this chapter you will find out just how the author did it! This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.

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  • on Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:10 AM

I found this preview of the book "A Year of Inquiry" very useful in my planning. The preview includes the introduction and the chapter about inquiry surrounding the mysteries of comets. The introduction is insightful and paints a broader view of teaching science as teaching a set of practices with inquiry being one of many. The purpose of the book is stated to provide, "a source of ideas and a springboard for developing your own strategies." With this idea in mind I read the first chapter and was not disappointed. I was walked through the inquiry lesson and following activities that took place for students to understand the structure and movement of comets through space. I felt as though I was sitting in the classroom when i read the teacher and student dialogues discussing their models. Although I do not teach physical science I can see adapting this lesson structure with an entry event, model building, presentation, discussion and revision in to my high school Biology class.

Amanda Wolfe  (Cardiff, CA)
Amanda Wolfe (Cardiff, CA)

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