Learning to Read the Earth and Sky

Author: Russ Colson
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 1941316689
Format: PDF
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Is it time to refresh the way you think about teaching Earth science? Learning to Read the Earth and Sky is the multifaceted resource you need to bring authentic science—and enthusiasm—into your classroom. It offers inspiration for reaching beyond prepared curricula, engaging in discovery along with your students, and using your lessons to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The book provides • examples of Earth science labs and activities you and your students can do as co-investigators; • insights into student expectations and misconceptions, plus ideas for inspiring true investigation; • stories of real scientific discovery translated for classroom consideration; • exploration of how you can mentor students as a teacher-scholar; and • guidance on how to translate the sweeping core ideas of the NGSS into specific examples students can touch, see, and experience. The authors of Learning to Read the Earth and Sky are husband-and-wife educators who promote science as something to figure out, not just something to know. They write, “It is our hope that readers will find our book short on ‘edu-speak,’ long on the joy of doing science, and full of stories of students, classrooms, scientists, and Earth and sky.”

Whole class Inquiry

Author: Dennis W. Smithenry
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 1933531347
Format: PDF
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In response to requests from science education professionals, this is the perfect vehicle for implementing and assessing this concept of whole-class inquiry in your classroom. This is a must-have package for preservice and inservice middle and high school science teachers.

Big Data Small Devices

Author: Donna Governor
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781681402765
Format: PDF
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Now your students can transform their mobile phones and tablets into tools for learning about everything from weather to water quality. Big Data, Small Devices shows you how. This book is designed for Earth and environmental science teachers who want to help students tap into, organize, and deploy large data sets via their devices to investigate the world around them. Using the many available website and free apps, students can learn to detect patterns among phenomena related to the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and seasons. Written by veteran teachers Big Data, Small Devices is organized into two major parts. It covers tools that help you both find real-time data and understand what to do wth the data. Then, the authors provide sample app-based activties that you can use as written or adapt to your specific needs. These days, opportunities to learn are as close as your students' personal technology. As the authors of this book note, "allowing students to conduct investigations using their smart phone in app-based activities allows them to be more enaged in science investigations."

Inquiring Scientists Inquiring Readers in Middle School

Author: Terry Shiverdecker
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781681400037
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Great news for multitasking middle school teachers, science educators Terry Shiverdecker and Jessica Fries-Gaither can help you blend inquiry-based science and literacy instruction to support student learning and maximize your time. Several unique features make Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers in Middle School a valuable resource: lesson to integrate all aspects of literacy, reading ,writing, speaking, listening, and viewing; a learning-cycle framework helps students deepen their understandng with data collection and analysis before reading about a concept; ten investigations support current standards and encompass life, physical, and Earth and space sciences; and the authors have made sure the book is teacher-friendly. Each book comes with scientific background, a list of common misconceptions, an annotated text list, safety considerations, differentiated strategies, reproducible student pages, and assessments.

Inquiring Scientists Inquiring Readers

Author: Jessica Fries-Gaither
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 1936959542
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers, science educators Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker help teachers blend literacy into elementary science instruction. This unique book will show teachers how to teach science using a variety of nonfiction text sets (such as field guides, reference books, and narrative expository texts) and replace individual lessons with a learning-cycle format (including hands-on investigations, readings, directed discussion, and problem solving). Research-based and teacher-friendly, Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers shows how inquiry can engage your students in reading nonfiction texts, discussing important science concepts, and writing to both develop understanding and share information. Here are some of the book’s special features: • Eight units covering life, physical, Earth, and space science—from “Drip Drop Detectives: Exposing the Water Cycle” to “Classroom Curling: Exploring Forces and Motion” to “Beaks and Biomes: Understanding Adaptation in Migrating Organisms.” Two additional units cover the nature of science. All units have been classroom-tested for effectiveness and align with the National Science Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. • Detailed scientific background, common misconceptions associated with the content, an annotated list of the texts in the text set, safety considerations, reproducible student pages, and suggested assessments. • Authentic, inquiry-based contexts for reading, writing, and discussion through read-alouds, collaborative activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts. Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers will change the way you think about engaging your students. The authors show that it’s possible to integrate literacy into elementary-level science instruction without sacrificing quality in either area.