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This guide contains resources for teachers of science

Featured Books

Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 3

This book presents engaging questions, also known as formative assessment probes. The 32 probes in this book are designed to uncover what students know--or think they know--about the concept of matter and particle model of matter; properties of matter; classifying matter, chemical properties, and chemical reactions; and nuclear processes and energy

New Science Teacher's Handbook

One of the first activities I ask new science teachers to do in my methods course is to think of a memorable science activity from their past. Whether it's creating an exploding vinegar and baking soda volcano, dissecting a frog, or building a mousetrap car, new teachers relish their memories from school. Beyond the projects themselves, we also discuss the teachers who facilitated these learning experiences, focusing on how they inspired their students to develop a passion and curiosity for science. Then I ask my students the million-dollar question: 'How are you going to become one of those teachers?'" By reading The New Science Teacher's Handbook, you will learn 12 specific steps that will help you on your way to becoming a skilled and inspiring science teacher.

Creating Engineering Design Challenges

The 13 units in Creating Engineering Design Challenges provide innovative ways to make science and math relevant to middle and high school students through challenge-based learning and the engineering design process. Content areas include biology, chemistry, physical science, Earth science, and environmental science. Topics range from developing a recipe for cement to implementing geocaching to calculating accurate aim with slingshots and water balloons.

The Periodic Table

The periodic table of elements is among the most recognizable image in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of science. IEric Scerri offers readers a complete history and philosophy of the periodic table. Written in a lively style to appeal to experts and interested lay-persons alike. Several chapters are devoted to developments in 20th century physics,especially quantum mechanics and and the extent to which they explain the periodic table in a more fundamental way.

The Science Teacher's Toolbox

A winning educational formula of engaging lessons and powerful strategies for science teachers in numerous classroom settings The Teacher's Toolbox series is an innovative, research-based resource providing teachers with instructional strategies for students of all levels and abilities. Clear, concise guidance enables teachers to quickly integrate low-prep, high-value lessons and strategies in their middle school and high school classrooms.

It's Still Debatable! : using socioscientific issues to develop scientific literacy

It's Still Debatable encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the content and thinking skills K 5 students need to explore real-world questions like these: Is football too dangerous for kids? Do we need zoos? Should distracted walking be illegal? This book uses debatable, science-related societal questions, or socioscientific issues, to address science content, help children learn to apply the content, and encourage them to become informed citizens.

Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science

If you're new to formative assessment probes, you'll love the latest book in the bestselling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Authors Page Keeley and Laura Tucker give you 32 engaging questions, or probes, that can reveal what your students already know--or think they know--about core Earth and environmental science concepts. Armed with those insights, you can use the probes' teacher notes to adjust your approach and present the science in grade-appropriate ways so students will learn the content accurately. The probes are organized into four sections: land and water; water cycle, weather, and climate; Earth history, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics; and natural resources, pollution, and human impact.

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