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  • Phenomenon-Based Professional Development

    Journal Article | March 2021

  • Is It Living?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about living and nonliving. It is designed to find out what attributes students consider when determining if something is living or was once living.

  • Is It Made of Cells?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about cells. The probe is designed to find out how students think about matter composed of cells.

  • Functions of Living Things

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about life processes. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize that plants and animals share several life functions, even though they are…

  • Human Body Basics

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about levels of organization in the human body. The probe is designed to find out whether students recognize cells as the basic unit of both structure…

  • Is It Made of Parts?

    Lesson Plan | June 2021

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit children’s developing ideas about structure in living systems. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize that living things are made up of parts.

  • Is It an Animal?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about animals. The probe is designed to find out what characteristics students use to determine whether an organism is classified as an animal.

  • Plants in the Dark and Light

    Lesson Plan | June 2021

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about plant growth. The probe is designed to find out whether students recognize that plants use their stored food to grow in the absence of light.

  • Needs of Seeds

    Lesson Plan | June 2021

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about seeds. The probe is designed to find out what students think most seeds need to germinate.

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