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Uncovering Student Ideas Probes

 

By Page Keeley

Tools, Resources, Strategies, Techniques, and Professional Development for Supporting Conceptual Learning and Informing Instruction

Probes cover topics such as physical, life, and Earth and space science; the nature of science; and unifying themes. Each individual Probe includes teacher materials that explain content, identify links to standards, and suggest grade-appropriate ways to present materials so students learn the concepts accurately. Teachers, professional development coordinators, and college science and preservice faculty will find these resources essential and exciting.

Grades K-5

Probes

Lesson Plan

An Engineering Design Process

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about an engineering design process. The probe is designed to show how students th...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Brainstorming

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about brainstorming. The probe is designed to determine the extent to which studen...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Engineering and Nature

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about how engineers use designs from nature. The probe is designed to see if stude...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Engineers’ Models

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about different types of models commonly developed by engineers. The probe is desi...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Grand Canyon

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the formation of the Grand Canyon. The probe is designed to find out if stud...

By Page Keeley and Laura Tucker

Middle School Elementary Assessment Earth & Space Science

Lesson Plan

How Do Engineers Solve Problems?

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about how engineers use an engineering design process to solve problems. The probe...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Is Engineering Creative?

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about creativity in engineering. The probe is designed to determine the extent to ...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Is Engineering Experimental?

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about using experimentation to solve a problem. The probe is designed to see if st...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Needs of Seeds

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...

By Page Keeley

Elementary Assessment Life Science

Lesson Plan

Pizza Problem

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about researching a problem. The probe is designed to determine the extent to whic...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Reasons for Success

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the use of evidence and reasoning to support a claim. The probe is designed ...

By Page Keeley, Cary Snider, and Mihir Ravel

Middle School Elementary High School Engineering STEM

Lesson Plan

Talking About Forces

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit beginning ideas about forces. The probe is designed to reveal whether students generally identify fo...

By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

Elementary Assessment Physical Science

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