Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: 25 new formative assessment probes, Volume 4

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NSTA Press, 2009 - Educational evaluation - 208 pages
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Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Newly released Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4, offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of grades K-12 will find short probes with grade-band specifics that provide easy-to-follow suggestions for addressing students' ideas by promoting learning through conceptual-change instruction. Volume 4 adds to the probes in physical, life, and Earth and space science with a new category called "unifying principles." Also covered is a discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment. Each short probe provides easy-to-follow steps for uncovering--and correcting--the preconceptions and misconceptions students bring to the classroom, helping teachers replace false notions with sound scientific principles.
 

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User Review  - BetsySanford - LibraryThing

An excellent resource that may be used both formatively and summatively in a variety of ways including pre, mid, and post tests, essay, and exit tickets. Read full review

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User Review  - davidloertscher - LibraryThing

NStA publishes a wide variety of resources for science teachers that link to national and state standards. This team of authors have now published four full volumes of various activities designed to ... Read full review

Contents

Sugar Water
11
Iron Bar
17
Burning Paper
23
Nails in a Jar
31
Salt Crystals
39
Ice Water
45
Warming Water
53
Standing on One Foot
61
Chicken Eggs
105
Adaptation
113
Is It Fitter?
119
Catching a Cold
125
Digestive System
131
Camping Trip
137
Global Warming
143
Where Does Oil Come From?
151

Magnets in Water
67
Is It a Model?
73
Is It a System?
81
Life Earth and Space Science Assessment Probes Concept Matrix
90
Is It Food?
91
Biological Evolution
99
Where Would It Fall?
157
Moonlight
161
Lunar Eclipse
167
Solar Eclipse
173
Index
179
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