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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 2

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 2
25 More Formative Assessment Probes

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September 2012 | 194 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Science Teachers Association

If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it "Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings." Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom—so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science.

The popular features from Volume 1 are all here. The field-tested probes are short, easy to administer, and ready to reproduce. Teacher materials explain science content and suggest grade-appropriate ways to present information. But Volume 2 covers more life science and Earth and space science probes. New topics include forms of matter, changes in matter, living things and life processes, rocks and landforms, the day/night cycle, and objects in the night sky. Volume 2 also suggests ways to embed the probes throughout your instruction, not just when starting a unit or topic.

This new classroom tool will help you not only uncover students' existing ideas, but also use that knowledge to improve your teaching and advance student understanding of science concepts.
Foreward by Dr. Richard Konicek-Moran
Physical Science Assessment Probes
Chapter 1: Comparing Cubes
Chapter 2: Floating Logs
Chapter 3: Floating High and Low
Chapter 4: Solids and Holes
Chapter 5: Turning the Dial
Chapter 6: Boiling Time and Temperature
Chapter 7: Freezing Ice
Chapter 8: What's in the Bubbles?
Chapter 9: Chemical Bonds
Chaper 10: Ice-Cold Lemonade
Chapter 11: Mixing Water
Life Science Assessment Probes
Chapter 12: Is It a Plant?
Chapter 13: Needs of Seeds
Chapter 14: Plants in the Dark and Light
Chapter 15: Is it Food for Plants
Chapter 16: Giant Sequoia Tree
Chapter 17: Baby Mice
Chapter 18: Whale and Shrew
Chapter 19: Habitat Change
Earth and Space Science Assessment Probes
Chapter 20: Is it a Rock? (Version 1)
Chapter 21: Is it a Rock? (Version 2)
Chapter 22: Mountaintop Fossil
Chapter 23: Darkness at Night
Chapter 24: Emmy's Moon and Stars
Chapter 25: Objects in the Sky
Key features

Each of the probes in this book contains detailed teacher notes to help you to

  • Decide how, when, and with whom to use the assessment probe
  • Link the ideas addressed by the probe to related standards
  • Examine research that informed the development of the probe and that provides additional insight into students' thinking
  • Consider new instructional strategies
  • Access additional information to learn more about the topic addressed by the probe

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