Story Starters and Science Notebooking: Developing Student Thinking Through Literacy and Inquiry

Overview

The basis for each scientific concept presented in Story Starters and Science Notebooking is embedded in a story appropriate for elementary-aged children. The activity that follows each narrative encourages learners to observe, compare, gather data, organize or classify, and draw conclusions about the problem posed from the story. Because current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigations, background information in each chapter provides teachers with a synopsis of the scientific ...

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Overview

The basis for each scientific concept presented in Story Starters and Science Notebooking is embedded in a story appropriate for elementary-aged children. The activity that follows each narrative encourages learners to observe, compare, gather data, organize or classify, and draw conclusions about the problem posed from the story. Because current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigations, background information in each chapter provides teachers with a synopsis of the scientific concept involved in the activity for that story.

The story starters present a framework for inquiry, which eliminates the free-wheeling, uncontrolled, and unstructured view some teachers have of inquiry. These are either original stories or familiar children's stories that ask learners to investigate a possible scientific explanation for a problem or scenario. Learners then communicate their findings in an oral, written, pictorial, or technological form back to a lead character from the story. Extension activities provide an opportunity for learners to compare their answers with what scientists already know about the world and also motivate them to frame new questions.

Grades 3-6

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book shows how to use the power of story and inquiry to promote student thinking in science in grades 3-6. Although the stories in the book are original, the instructional approach is grounded in classroom practice and educational research on activation of prior knowledge, organization of information, and metacognition."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This intriguing way of teaching science will appeal to both boys and girls. . . . Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586869
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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