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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…

  • Reading Stories and Making Predictions

    Book Chapter | April 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…

  • 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…

  • Lab 20: Predicting Hurricane Strength

    Book Chapter | March 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.…

  • Beyond Predictions

    Journal Article | October 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 | February 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…

  • Point of View: Predictably Unpredictable

    Journal Article | January 2016

    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…

  • Commentary: A Testable Prediction

    Journal Article | May 2003

    An opinion piece about the definition of "hypothesis."

  • Predicting The Timing And Location of the Next Hawaiian Volcano

    Journal Article | January 2010

    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…

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

    Journal Article | October 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…

  • The Early Years: Reading Stories, Making Predictions

    Journal Article | November 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.

  • Predicting Population Curves: Using inquiry in the biology classroom to study populations

    Journal Article | April 2003

    A study of gray wolf populations in Wisconsin sparks inquiry in the biology classroom. Students evaluated variables that would affect the wolves, and developed one graph and a defense statement that the students agreed…

  • Teaching Through Trade Books: Patterns Are Observable, Predictable, and Explainable

    Journal Article | October 2014

    This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. The activities developed for this month’s issue use everyday phenomena to help students understand what a pattern is and how it connects to…

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

    Journal Article | December 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…

  • Predict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding (e-book)

    eBook | February 2011

    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…

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