Puzzles and Problem-Solving Activities to Build Science Literacy
What’s Up in Science? offers a rich selection of over 100 reproducible puzzles and literacy-building activities focusing on recent discoveries and issues in the earth, life, and space sciences. Most of the activities are short (15 to 20 minutes) and can be used to introduce standards-based lessons or for homework assignments. Special challenge activities are also included, inviting students to investigate and write about scientific topics.
Packed with fun-filled word scrambles, categorization tasks, and writing activities, What’s Up in Science? will develop critical thinking and analytical skills in your students. While solutions are provided for the puzzle exercises, some of the problems are open-ended and have no definitive answers, showing that scientific inquiry generates tough questions and that knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available.
"For a secondary-school science teacher, looking for a source of paper-pencil activities and puzzles, this book will be a gold mine. The activities involve spelling, vocabulary, and mathematics, related to a variety of biological and earth science topics."
Jacqueline V. Mallinson, associate professor of science, retired, Western Michigan University
"This is effortless learning that will turn on the quirky minds of upper elementary through high school explorers. A book that puts thinking back into the science curriculum. It will awaken the true scientists put off by years of pat answers. This book shows students that there really is a lot new to learn out there."
Kate Carr, Discovery Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado