By: John Haysom
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Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book
|Publication Title:||Science Fair Warm-Up Series
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Variables And Their Controls
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Even science fair enthusiasts may dread grappling with these two questions:
1. How can you organize many students doing many different projects at the same time?
2. How can you help students while giving them the freedom of choice and independence of thought that characterize genuine inquiry?
Answer the questions—and face science fairs without fear—with help from the Science Fair Warm-Up series.
The Science Fair Warm-Up series, which was originally designed as a three-year program for middle school students, now covers grades 5–12. The book for grades 5–8 introduces students to science fairs and invites them to investigate various scientific problems as they work on their projects. This book lays the foundation for the editions for grades 7–10 and 8–12, in which students encounter increasingly more challenging problems. Over the course of the series, the students are encouraged to become more independent.
The series’ material—field tested over the course of six years with students at different levels—will help your students develop the inquiry skills to carry their projects through, whether they’re middle schoolers preparing for their first science fair or high schoolers ready for very challenging investigations. It aligns with national standards and the new Framework for K-12 Science Education. Science Fair Warm-Up uniquely provides an authentic picture of how scientists carry out research.
To help you meet these teaching goals, this series is based on the constructivist view that makes students responsible for their own learning and will prepare both you and your students for science fair success
"An exciting publication that engages students and fills a need for innovative and conscientious teachers. Students and teachers are likely to encounter real science with the ideas, approaches, and questions the materials encourage.”
—Robert Yager, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa and past president of NSTA
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
The Story of a Curriculum Project: Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction and Overview
The Purpose of the Curriculum Materials
Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry
Inquiry and Student Independence
Structure of Curriculum
Safety in the Classroom
Chapter 1: Starting Points
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 3: Science Without Numbers
Chapter 4: The Numbers Game
Chapter 5: Variables and Their Control
Chapter 6: Experiment Design
Chapter 7: Sources of Error
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Results
Chapter 9: Explanations
Chapter 10: Sharing Your Findings
Chapter 11: Judging Projects
Chapter 12: Generating Ideas for Projects
Appendix A. Blackline Master for Starting Point 1 and Lesson 3*
Appendix B. Learning to Play the Numbers Game—Worksheet
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