Time-tested activities to teach the key ideas of science—and turn students into scientists!
Science education is becoming more rigorous than ever, but that doesn’t have to make it more difficult. In this straightforward and witty book, Alan Colburn has adapted classic investigations to help students in grades 3 through 8 truly think and act like scientists. Chapter by chapter, this accessible primer walks you through classic science investigations, discussing how each one illustrates a “big idea” about the nature of science, and offering clear links to the Next Generation Science Standards and its Science and Engineering Practices. You’ll also find:
- A reader-friendly overview of the NGSS
- Guidance on adapting the activities to your grade level, including communicating instructions, facilitating discussions, and managing safety concerns
- Case studies of working scientists to highlight specifics about the science and engineering practices.
With this elemental guide, you’ll teach your students not just what scientists do, but how scientists think—giving them the 21st-century skills they need to become the next generation of scientists.
“Now that the real work of NGSS implementation has begun, there is a high demand for quality instructional resources that show how core ideas and concepts, practices, and the nature of science come together in meaningful, intellectually engaging science investigations supported with content and pedagogical background information for the teacher. Thank you Alan Coburn for providing a resource that addresses the challenges and practical reality of transitioning to quality classroom instruction that mirrors our current best thinking about teaching and learning science.”
— Page Keeley, Past-President of the National Science Teachers Association
Use this activity from Learning Science by Doing Science to guide your students in an investigation activity with familiar everyday materials that introduces students to the kinds of questions scientists ask and the practices they use when trying to figure out answers.