|Type of Product:||e-Book (our e-books are in PDF format and can be viewed on your computer or any compatible reading device) (also see print version of this book)
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|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: The Magic Balloon
What causes condensation? Does temperature affect how well a balloon will fly? How do tiny bugs get into oatmeal? Through 15 mystery stories, this book memorably illustrates science concepts for students and reinforces the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations. Focused on concepts such as periodic motion, thermodynamics, temperature and energy, and sound, these mysteries draw students into the stories by grounding them in experiences students are familiar with, providing them with a foundation for classroom discussion and inquiry.
The story format is used because it is one of the most effective ways to engage students’ attention right from the start. Each chapter includes a list of science concepts explored, targeted strategies for using the stories with children in grades K–4 and with older students in grades 5–8, and a key matching story concepts with corresponding standards in the NSES.
Ideas For Use
Educators will find this a useful reference on conceptual change teaching and a valuable resource for building content knowledge. The benefit of pedagogical strategies designed to improve students’ conceptual understanding is one more reason to add this to your teaching library.
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Science process skills
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Interdisciplinary, Learning theory, 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: The Link Between Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy
The Stories and Background Material for Teachers
Matrix for Earth and Space Sciences
Chapter 4: Moon Tricks
Chapter 5: Where Are the Acorns?
Chapter 6: Master Gardener
Chapter 7: Frosty Morning
Chapter 8: The Little Tent That Cried
Matrix for Biological Sciences
Chapter 9: About Me
Chapter 10: Oatmeal Bugs
Chapter 11: Dried Apples
Chapter 12: Seed Bargains
Chapter 13: Trees from Helicopters
Matrix for Physical Sciences
Chapter 14: The Magic Balloon
Chapter 15: Downhill Ride
Chapter 16: Grandfather’s Clock
Chapter 17: The Neighborhood Telephone System
Chapter 18: How Cold is Cold?
Chapter 19: Conclusion
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Transfer of Energy
- Energy is a property of many substances and is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, sound, nuclei, and the nature of a chemical. (5-8)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
- Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
- Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
- Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
- Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
||Connecting Literacy and Science
||Reviewed by: Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA) on April 12, 2011
||As a science teacher, I am continuously looking for ways to effectively connect literacy and science. This book is a great tool that helps me easily link the two disciplines. Each chapter contains a short, high-interest stories with a related lesson plan. The author also includes scilinks and NSTA references. I especially like that the author includes notes to teach the material at the elementary and middle school levels. This is an outstanding tool that I enjoy using to engage my students.
||Reviewed by: Hesham Ghanem (, MO) on February 9, 2010
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