By: Richard Konicek-Moran
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Everyday Earth and Space Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 1 review
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: The Little Tent that Cried
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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What are the odds that a meteor will hit your house? Do you actually get more sunlight from Daylight Saving Time? Where do puddles go? By presenting everyday mysteries like these, this book will motivate your students to carry out hands-on science investigations and actually care about the results. These 19 open-ended mysteries focus exclusively on Earth and space science, including astronomy, energy, climate, and geology. The stories come with lists of science concepts to explore, grade-appropriate strategies for using them, and explanations of how the lessons align with national standards. They also relieve you of the tiring work of designing inquiry lessons from scratch.
“What makes this book so special is the unique way science is integrated into the story line, using characters and situations children can easily identify with.”—Page Keeley, author of the NSTA Press series Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
|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, 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: Science and Literacy
The Stories and Background Materials for Teachers
Chapter 5: Moon Tricks
(Astronomy: looking for Moon patterns and finding reasons for phases)
Chapter 6: What’s the Moon Like Around the World?
(Astronomy: the Moon as seen from all parts of the world)
Chapter 7: Daylight Saving Time
(Astronomy: time and how it is measured)
Chapter 8: Sunrise, Sunset
(Astronomy: how do the sunrise and sunset directions change over the year?)
Chapter 9: Now Just Wait a Minute!
(Time: making a device to tell time)
Chapter 10: What’s Hiding in the Woodpile?
(Energy: transfer of heat from wood to room air)
Chapter 11: Cool It, Dude!
(Energy: cooling things off)
Chapter 12: The New Greenhouse
(Energy: looking at the greenhouse effect)
Chapter 13: Where Did the Puddles Go?
Chapter 14: The Little Tent That Cried
Chapter 15: Where Are the Acorns?
(Astronomy: patterns in the daytime sky)
Chapter 16: The Coldest Time
(Climate: finding the coldest time of the day)
Chapter 17: Frosty Morning
(Microclimates around the school building)
Chapter 18: Master Gardener
(Geology: rebuilding soil, erosion, weathering)
Chapter 19: A Day on Bare Mountain
(Geology: rock cycle and diastrophism)
Chapter 20: What Are the Chances?
Chapter 21: Here’s the Crusher
(Atmosphere: air pressure)
Chapter 22: Rotten Apples
(Decay on the Earth and recycling)
Chapter 23: Is the Earth Getting Heavier?
(Decay and decomposition, recycling)
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||Reviewed by: Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT) on May 6, 2013
||The author has done it again. He has written the most engaging mysteries that will lead students into NGSS thinking and investigations. My favorite mysteries are the ones about the Sun and the Moon.
The mysteries make some very abstract concepts accessible to ALL students. This book is well worth its cost. You can check it out by searching Everyday Earth mysteries!
The other great thing about his books is the correlations that have been done with Page Keeley's probes.
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