More Brain-powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events

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NSTA Press, 2011 - Education - 330 pages
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What can a chocalate chip cookie tell us about the Earth's resources and the importance of environmental conservation? How can a clear, colourless spray solution unveil a hidden message on a blank screen?

Author Thomas O'Brien uses these and 20 other inquiry-oriented discrepant events, hands-on exploration or demonstrations in which the outcomes are not what students expect, to challenge students' preconceived ideas and urge them to critically examine the empirical evidence, draw logical inferences, and skeptically review their initial explanations with their peers. More Brain-Powered Science is the perfect dual-purpose activity book for the grades 5 - 12 science teacher who aims to stimulate and motivate their students while expanding their own scientific understanding. Each activity will help bridge the gap between practice and theory for both students and teachers by relating conclusions to science concepts and pedagogical principles.

 

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Contents

1Comeback Cans
3
2The Unnatural Nature and Uncommon Sense of Science
17
3DualDensity Discrepancies
33
4Inferences Inquiryand Insight
47
5Pseudoscience in the News
57
6Scientific Reasoning
71
7Magic Bus of School Science
83
8Reading Between the Lines of the Daily Newspaper
93
15Measurements and Molecules Matter
173
16Bottle Band Basics
189
17Metric Measurements Magnitudes and Mathematics
201
18Medical Metaphor Mixer
223
19Cookie Mining
237
20Making Sense by Spending Dollars
247
21A Terrible Test That Teaches
263
22Diagnostic Assessment
279

9Pondering Puzzling Patterns and a Parable Poem
107
10Follow That Star
119
11Horsing Around
131
12Magical Signs of Science
143
13Verifying Vexing Volumes
153
14Archimedes the Syracuse Sicily Scientist
161
Appendix A
295
Appendix B
305
Appendix C
309
Research Cited
313
Index
323
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