Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but just aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. This book will provide you with both the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations. The book is broken into two basic parts: 1. An introduction to the stages of argument-driven inquiry—from question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation to double-blind peer review and report revision. 2. A well-organized series of 27 field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution. 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. Because the authors are veteran teachers, they designed Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology to be easy to use and aligned with today’s standards. The labs include reproducible student pages and teacher notes. The investigations will help your students learn the core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices found in the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, they offer ways for students to develop the disciplinary skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards. Many of today’s teachers—like you—want to find new ways to engage students in scientific practices and help students learn more from lab activities. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology does all of this even as it gives students the chance to practice reading, writing, speaking, and using math in the context of science.
Author: Joan A. Gallagher-Bolos
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Release Date: 2004
Teaching Inquiry-Based Chemistry retraces an entire year's curriculum to show you how the authors weave constructivist theory into every lesson without sacrificing content Make your ideal classroom a reality and find a fresh way of teaching the chemistry you know so well. Read Teaching Inquiry-Based Chemistry and discover how helping your students capitalize on their innate scientific curiosity will lead you to new levels of professional and personal satisfaction
Do you want to do more labs and activities but have little time and resources? Are you frustrated with traditional labs that are difficult For The average student to understand, time consuming to grade and stressful to complete in fifty minutes or less? Teacher Friendly:· Minimal safety concerns· Minutes in preparation time· Ready to use lab sheets· Quick to copy, Easy to grade· Less lecture and more student interaction· Make-up lab sheets for absent students· Low cost chemicals and materials· Low chemical waste· Teacher notes for before, during and after the lab· Teacher follow-up ideas· Step by step lab set-up notes· Easily created as a kit and stored for years to come Student Friendly:· Easy to read and understand· Background serves as lecture notes· Directly related to class work· Appearance promotes interest and confidence General Format:· Student lab sheet· Student lab sheet with answers in italics · Student lab quiz · Student lab make-up sheet the Benefits:· Increases student engagement· Creates a hand-on learning environment· Allows teacher to build stronger student relationships during the lab· Replaces a lecture with a lab· Provides foundation for follow-up inquiry and problem based labs Teacher Friendly Chemistry allows the busy chemistry teacher, with a small school budget, The ability to provide many hands-on experiences in the classroom without sacrificing valuable personal time.
Forensics seems to have the unique ability to maintain student interest and promote content learning.... I still have students approach me from past years and ask about the forensics case and specific characters from the story. I have never had a student come back to me and comment on that unit with the multiple-choice test at the end. from the Introduction to Forensics in Chemistry: The Murder of Kirsten K. How did Kirsten K. s body wind up at the bottom of a lake and what do wedding cake ingredients, soil samples, radioactive decay, bone age, blood stains, bullet matching, and drug lab evidence reveal about whodunit? These mysteries are at the core of this teacher resource book, which meets the unique needs of high school chemistry classes in a highly memorable way. The book makes forensic evidence the foundation of a series of eight hands-on, week-long labs. As you weave the labs throughout the year and students solve the case, the narrative provides vivid lessons in why chemistry concepts are relevant and how they connect. All chapters include case information specific to each performance assessment and highlight the related national standards and chemistry content. Chapters provide: Teacher guides to help you set up Student performance assessments A suspect file to introduce the characters and new information about their relationships to the case Samples of student work that has been previously assessed (and that serves as an answer key for you) Grading rubrics Using Forensics in Chemistry as your guide, you will gain the confidence to use inquiry-based strategies and performance-based assessments with a complex chemistry curriculum. Your students may gain an interest in chemistry that rivals their fascination with Bones and CSI.
Author: Michael Horton
Publisher: National Science Teachers Assn
Release Date: 2011
For high school science teachers, homeschoolers, science coordinators, and informal science educators, this collection of 50 inquiry-based labs provides hands-on ways for students to learn science at home, safely. Author Michael Horton promises that students who conduct the labs in Take-Home Chemistry as supplements to classroom instruction will enhance higher-level thinking, improve process skills, and raise high-stakes test scores. Many of the exercises involve skills such as measuring, graphing, calculating, and extrapolating graphs, and cover topics such as moles, chromatography, chemical reactions, and titration. Each lab includes both a student page and a teacher page and provides an objective, a purpose, and materials list, notes, and post-lab questions, making Take-Home Chemistry a useful tool for improving how students learn chemistry.
Like three guides in one, Scientific Argumentation in Biology combines theory, practice, and biological content. This thought-provoking book starts by giving you solid background in why students need to be able to go beyond expressing mere opinions when making research-related biology claims. Then it provides 30 field-tested activities your students can use when learning to propose, support, and evaluate claims; validate or refute them on the basis of scientific reasoning; and craft complex written arguments. Detailed teacher notes suggest specific ways to use the activities to enrich and supplement (not replace) what you're doing in class already. You'll find Scientific Argumentation to be an ideal way to help your students learn standards-based content, improve their practices, and develop scientific habits of mind.
The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.
You know it's tough to convey some foundational biology concepts. This thoroughly revised book is designed to support you as you plan and implement NGSS-aligned lessons that will engage students with biology concepts that many find especially challenging. The book is organized into two parts that feature an instructional framework and resources that support framework implementation and is designed for both veteran teachers and newcomers to the classroom. Part I, The Toolbox, introduces a research-based Instructional Planning Framework that helps you to understand the learning needs your students bring to class, incorporate appropriate teaching strategies and interpret the framework and teaching tools through the lens of NGSS. Part II, Toolbox Implementation, models use of the framework with four -hard-to-teach topics, all different from the ones in the book's first edtion. Contributing authors show you how the framework helps teach the NGSS's four disciplinary core ideas: growth and development of organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution. As the contributing authors make clear, the teaching models are specific and help to make student thinking visible, but they don't presume to dictate what's right for you. Rather, the book will open your mind to fresh, effective ways to help biology students deepen their conceptual understanding based on what works best for them and you in today's classrooms.