|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)
|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
Even science fair enthusiasts may dread grappling with these two questions:
1. How can you organize many middle and high school 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 the help of this book from the Science Fair Warm-Up series. This book, for grades 7–10, develops the ideas about practices that students learn in the first book. Students will also find that the two-star problems are much more cognitively demanding. In addition to offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to help students develop the inquiry skills to carry the projects through.
To save you time, the materials are organized to grow more challenging and encourage independent study as students progress through the grade levels. To help you meet your teaching goals, the series is based on the constructivist view that makes students responsible for their own learning and aligns with national standards and the new Framework for K–12 Science Education.
Science Fair Warm-Up will prepare both you and your students for science fair success. But even if you don’t have a science fair in your future, the material can make your students more proficient with scientific research.
"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:||High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Chapter 1: Starting Points
* Paper Helicopters
* What Makes Seeds Grow?
* Check Rust
* What Makes Sow Bugs Move?
* Bouncing Balls
** Louis Braille’s Invention
** Archimedes’ Screw
** Electric Cells
** The Right Nail for the Right Job
** Suffocating Candles
*** Women Can! Men Can’t!
*** Smoking Chimneys
*** Acid Rain and Pollution
*** Life on the Moon
*** Falling Leaves
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
**What Do Scientists Do?
Chapter 3: Science Without Numbers
**Looking for Similarities and Differences
Chapter 4: The Numbers Game
** Are Some Measures Better Than Others?
Chapter 5: Variables and Their Control
** Finding Out How Much It Matters
Chapter 6: Experiment Design
**Designing Good Apparatus
Chapter 7: Sources of Error
**Searching for Errors
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Results
**Graphing Your Data
Chapter 9: Explanations
**Getting Explanations That Fit
Chapter 10: Sharing Your Findings
**Writing Your Report
Chapter 11: Judging Projects
Chapter 12: Generating Ideas for Projects
**Ideas All Around You
Appendix A. Science Fair Project Judging Criteria
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