Science process skills are the skills that scientists use to study and investigate the world. They are the vehicle for generating content and a means by which concepts are formed. This book is presented in three parts. Part 1 attends to the kinds of science skills appropriate for preschool and the lower elementary grades including observation, classification, communication, measurement, prediction and influence. Part 2 includes the more complex, integrated skills that are needed to plan and conduct controlled scientific investigations. Part 3 provides a guide to teaching scientific facts and concepts through process skills. Each chapter contains objectives, lists of materials, suggested directions and blanks for responses, self-check questions, and extension activities. The activities are designed to allow students to work at their own pace. At the end of each chapter, a mastery test is provided. An appendix lists simple, inexpensive materials that are needed to do the exercises in this book. (CW)
This invaluable book for middle school students hones in on skills necessary for achieving desired results on standardized tests and Project 2061 science initiatives.
Author: Jill Bailer
Publisher: Frank Schaffer Publications Incorporated
Your students will be engaged with these high-interest inquiry-based experiments that will help develop important science process skills such as observing, hypothesizing, predicting, inferring, and investigating. Teacher notes are included for every activity as well as forms and guidelines for independent lab investigations. This invaluable book for middle school students hones in on skills necessary for achieving desired results on standardized tests and Project 2061 science initiatives. Excite your students and your science curriculum with Teaching Science Process Skills.
"The key to unlocking success in the science classroom and laboratory is understanding and applying science process skills. All scientists ask questions about the world around them and then look for the answers. To find the answers, a scientist applies the process skills taught in this book. This program will teach you to plan, work, think, and communicate like a scientist...." - Back cover.
" --Alyce F. Surmann, Sembach Middle School "Teachers will relate well to the author's personal stories and specific examples given in the text, especially the ones about events in his own classroom.... like having the grasshoppers escape ...
Author: Randy L. Bell
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Engage your students with inquiry-based lessons that help them think like scientists! "[This] book...has made such a difference in my teaching of science this school year. I have had some of the most amazing science lessons and activities with my students and I attribute this to what I learned from...[this] book... I have watched my 5th grade students go from being casual observers in science to making some amazing observations that I even missed. We enjoy our class investigations and the students ask for more!" --Alyce F. Surmann, Sembach Middle School "Teachers will relate well to the author's personal stories and specific examples given in the text, especially the ones about events in his own classroom.... like having the grasshoppers escape into the classroom!" --Andrea S. Martine, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Warrior Run School District With Teaching the Nature of Science through Process Skills, author and science educator Randy Bell uses process skills you'll recognize, such as inference and observation, to promote an understanding of the characteristics of science knowledge. His personal stories, taken from years of teaching, set the stage for a friendly narrative that illuminates these characteristics of scientific knowledge and provides step-by-step guidance for implementing inquiry activities that help children understand such important, yet abstract, concepts. With Randy as your guide, you can better adhere to current science education standards that urge teachers to go beyond teaching science content to teach children about the practice and the nature of science in a way that engages all learners in grades three through eight. Investigate further... More than 50 ideas and activities for teaching the nature of science to help you meet content standards. A comprehensive framework to guide you in integrating the approach across the science curriculum, throughout the school year, and across the grade levels. A goldmine of reproducible resources, such as work sheets, notebook assignments, and more. Assessment guidance that helps you measure your students' nature of science understanding.
The hands-on student performance tasks in this book were developed from Sheryl Mercier and Karen Ostlund efforts to document changes in student learning.
Author: Karen Ostlund
Publisher: S & K Assocs
The hands-on student performance tasks in this book were developed from Sheryl Mercier and Karen Ostlund efforts to document changes in student learning. Teachers of primary students who use these performance assessments will be able to observe and record information regarding student ability to use science process skills. Repeated use of these performance tasks by a teacher will capture change in a student's science process skill acquisition over time. Our intent was to create assessment tools that would document change in the ability to use the science process skills of inquiry that may be incremental and not easily captured by one administration of a 'paper and pencil' instrument. Finally, the performance task assessments we developed require few changes to the existing science curriculum for a primary teacher or school. That is, we do not want teachers to think that their curriculum must change to address the items on our assessments. Rather, we want teachers using the assessments to decide if the items on our performance tasks caused any changes in student learning.The book contains1.33 developmentally appropriate hand-on performance assessments for the science process skills of inquiry, levels 1,2, and 3.2.Complete instructions and rubrics for assessing the major process skills of inquiry3.Engaging original illustrated student recording sheets for each activity- blackline reproducible masters4.Using hands-on activities, assesses the process skills of: observing, communicating, estimating, measuring, collecting data, classifying, inferring, predicting, making models, interpreting data, making graphs, hypothesizing, defining operationally, controlling variables, and investigating5.Science Investigation templates and award ribbons.