Nurturing Inquiry: Real Science for the Elementary Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

Every day children make astounding scientific discoveries. The playpen, sandbox, backyard, and playground are their laboratories. What, then, can we offer these young scientists who have spent their lifetimes acquiring knowledge through their own investigations? What experiences can we provide to enhance the growth of the scientist within each child? Charles Pearce found the answers and shares his discoveries in Nurturing Inquiry. The book offers a tour of Pearce's inquiry science classroom, where students are given daily opportunities to do what they do best: investigate, explore, and discover, using their own questions, curiosities, and interests.

Nurturing Inquiry provides all the information you need to incorporate inquiry into your curriculum. Part I is a detailed account of how Pearce prepares his classroom, his students, and himself for the introduction of inquiry. In Part II, Pearce explains how to sustain interest throughout the school year by giving students more and more ownership in their investigations both within and beyond the classroom. Part III includes ideas to help you meet the particular challenges of assessing inquiry and offers examples of various assessment instruments, including surveys, checklists, and dialogue journals.

Replete with practical ideas for materials, activities, and strategies, Nurturing Inquiry is the perfect resource for teachers looking to create a community of scientists in their classroom. But it is much more than a how-to manual - it is also an inspiring look at the reflection, choices, and values that shape the practice of a highly successful teacher.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[This is] a truly inspiring and creative book that I plan to share with colleagues and students.”–Science Books ; Films
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An innovative teacher shares his method for inspiring inquiry in elementary classrooms, a method which allows children to do what they do best: investigate and explore, using their own questions and interests. The author tells how he prepares his students for the introduction of inquiry, and explains how to sustain interest throughout the school year by giving students more ownership in their investigations. He gives ideas on meeting the challenges of assessing inquiry and offers examples of various assessment instruments. Includes many activities and lists of materials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325001357
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 350,449
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Pearce is a classroom teacher who works with ESIP at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Pearce, a long-time classroom teacher, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.
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Table of Contents

I. Lighting the Fire: Getting Inquiry Underway

Inquiry: The Next Frontier

Getting Started

Inquiry Periods: A Structure for Inquiry

Discovery Boxes

Outdoor Explorations

Tending the Fire of Inquiry: Keeping Those Burning Questions Hot

Using the Curriculum

The Science-Language Connection

Inquiry Enhancements

The Kids' Inquiry Conference

Assessment

Tools for Assessment

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