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  • Weather Predictions

    Book Chapter | March 2016

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about weather predictions. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize the limitations of long-term weather forecasting and to help students…

  • Predict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding

    NSTA Press Book | October 2010

    John Haysom and Michael Bowen provide middle and high school science teachers with more than 100 student activities to help the students develop their understanding of scientific concepts. The powerful Predict, Observe…

  • Cornhole Predicts the Perfect Pitch

    Journal Article | April 2021

  • Reading Stories and Making Predictions

    Book Chapter | March 2016

    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “What Might Happen If ...?” is to have students think about a story and make predictions about what might happen next. Chapters 1 and 2 are also included in this book…

  • Pushing, Pulling, and Predicting Force Patterns

    Journal Article | June 2021

  • Lab 20: Predicting Hurricane Strength

    Book Chapter | February 2018

    In this lab investigation, students are introduced to the disciplinary core idea of Natural Hazards as they develop a conceptual model that can be used to predict changes in wind speed inside a hurricane over time.…

  • Integrating the Concept of Homeostasis Into a First-Semester Anatomy and Physiology Course Through Short Predict-Observe-Explain Activities

    Journal Article | November 2022

    Historically, undergraduate anatomy and physiology (A&P) has been a challenging course for incorporating conceptual learning techniques due to large class sizes and an emphasis on content and terminology. The…

  • Beyond Predictions

    Journal Article | September 2010

    By thinking about the concept of density and taking into account the research on children’s ideas about this concept, the authors were able to unpack the typical sink or float activity and realize that it has students…

  • Graphing Predictions

    Journal Article | January 2007

    Do any of your students struggle with the scientific and mathematical concepts underlying a lab investigation or to articulate conclusions based on their data? If so, try enhancing their higher-order thinking skills by…

  • Commentary: A Testable Prediction

    Journal Article | April 2003

    An opinion piece about the definition of "hypothesis."

  • Point of View: Predictably Unpredictable

    Journal Article | December 2015

    This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month’s issue describes examples of challenging student behavior and provides ideas to help confront this type of…

  • Predicting The Timing And Location of the Next Hawaiian Volcano

    Journal Article | December 2009

    The wealth of geologic data on Hawaiian volcanoes makes them ideal for study by middle school students. In this paper the authors use existing data on the age and location of Hawaiian volcanoes to predict the location…

  • The Early Years: Reading Stories, Making Predictions

    Journal Article | October 2011

    This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue discusses using books to help students learn to make predictions.

  • Science Sampler: Jumping to the right conclusions, inferences, and predictions

    Journal Article | September 2005

    Writing meaningful conclusions, drawing accurate inferences, and making relevant predictions are essential skills that many adolescents lack. The differences among conclusions, inferences, and predictions, although…

  • Teacher to Teacher: Predicting, Explaining, and Observing Thermal Energy Transfer

    Journal Article | November 2016

    This column provides practical advice from your peers. This month's columnn discusses using the Mixing Water formative assessment probe from Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 2 to determine student thinking…

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