|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
|Author Blog:||Read Dick Konicek's blog
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What are the odds of a meteor hitting your house? What are “warm” clothes anyway? Do you get “more” sunlight from Daylight Saving Time? Everyone loves a good mystery and these unfold in the 15 stories presented in Even More Everyday Science Mysteries, the third volume in author Richard Konicek-Moran’s award-winning series. Again, the author uses stories without endings to teach a science principle, allowing the students to investigate how each story can be resolved. All the stories relate to the world around us and encourage students to “take ownership” of their learning.
In “Here’s the Crusher,” family members ponder what could have crushed a plastic soda bottle sitting on a table. By exploring each family member’s idea, common misconceptions are uncovered and discussed. In “Florida Cars?” Amber seeks out the causes of rust on cars from Florida. She experiments with nails to try to discover what ingredients produce rust. Your students will tackle Amber’s problem and reach their own conclusions. Science topics explored include evaporation, erosion, thermal energy, atmospheric pressure, buoyancy, and density.
“These stories are bound to reveal the wonderful ideas all students have, give them the confidence to explore their own thinking, and provide opportunities for them to ‘do’ science rather than have science ‘done’ to them.” —Page Keeley, NSTA President 2008–09
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Introduction: Case Studies on How to Use the Stories in the Classroom
Chapter 1: Theory Behind the Book
Chapter 2: Using the Book and the Stories
Chapter 3: Using the Book in Different Ways
Chapter 4: The Link Between Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy
The Stories and Background Materials for Teachers
Matrix for Earth Systems Science and Technology
Chapter 5: Where Did the Puddles Go?
Chapter 6: What are the Chances?
Chapter 7: Here’s the Crusher
Chapter 8: Daylight Saving Time
Chapter 9: A Day on Bare Mountain
Matrix for Biological Sciences
Chapter 10: The Trouble With Bubbles
Chapter 11: Plunk, Plunk
Chapter 12: In a Heartbeat
Chapter 13: Hitch Hikers
Chapter 14: Halloween Science
Matrix for Physical Sciences
Chapter 15: Warm Clothes?
Chapter 16: The Slippery Glass
Chapter 17: St Bernard Puppy
Chapter 18: Florida Cars?
Chapter 19: Dancing Popcorn
This Title Also Available as Part of a Set:
“Useful for homeschoolers. … Fun sounding projects! … Science Mysteries uses short stories to get the student thinking about what could be happening to cause the mysterious situation and then includes related activities and references to find the real answers.”
“The key is … each story abruptly ends before revealing the answer to the mystery. This is an effective teaching technique because it engages students and challenges them to try to figure out the answer on their own. … Especially useful was the author’s retelling of how two teachers had used one of the stories from his first book in the Everyday Science Mysteries series in different ways. The current volume is an outstanding teaching tool that should be on every elementary and middle school teacher’s bookshelf.”
SB&F, August 2010
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