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

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National Science Teachers Association, 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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