Research tells us that an inquiry approach to science teaching motivates and engages every type of student, helping students understand science's relevance to their lives as well as the nature of science itself. But is there a Manageable way for new and experienced teachers to bring inquiry into their science classrooms?
Teaching Science as Inquiry models this effective approach to science teaching with a two-part structure: Methods for Teaching Science as Inquiry and Activities for Teaching Science as Inquiry. The Methods portion scaffolds concepts and illustrates instructional models to help readers understand the inquiry approach to teaching. The Activities portion follows the 5-E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), which is a Learning Cycle model introduced in the methods chapters that reflects the NSES Science as Inquiry Standards.
Integrating an inquiry approach, science content, teaching methods, standards, and a bank of inquiry activities, Teaching Science as Inquiry demonstrates the manageable way for new and experienced teachers to bring inquiry into the science classroom.
- Integrated standards coverage in all chapters provides a clear picture of the best ways to let the NSES Standards inform instruction.
- Each activity is keyed to the NSES Standards, further developing new and experienced teachers' fluency with a standards-based science classroom.
- Margin notes throughout methods chapters link readers to activities that model science teaching methods and the development of science content.
- Annenberg videos, fully integrated in the text through reflective cases, ground chapter concepts by illustrating inquiry teaching inclassrooms.
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Table of Contents
Part One: Methods for Teaching Science as Inquiry.
1. Children, Science, and Inquiry.
2. Processes of Science and Scientific Inquiry.
3. Learning Science with Understanding.
4. Teaching Science Through Inquiry.
5. Questioning Strategies for Inquiry Teaching.
6. Assessing Science Learning.
7. Preparing for Inquiry Science.
8. Connecting Science with Other Subjects.
9. Science for All Learners.
10. Educational Technology and Science Teaching.
Part Two: Activities for Teaching Science as Inquiry.
Section One: Teaching Science Inquiry Activities.
Section Two: Physical Science Activities.
I. Properties of Matter.
II. Motion and Forces.
IV. Temperature and Heat.
Section Three: Life Science Activities.
I. Characteristics of Organisms.
II. Organisms and Their Environments.
III. Structure and Function in Human Systems.
Section Four: Earth and Space Science Activities.
I. Structure of the Earth.
II. The Atmoshere and Weather.
III. The Earth's Oceans.
IV. The Earth in Space.