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Everyday Science Mysteries
Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching


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Classroom Activities | Pedagogy | Science

September 2012 | 188 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Science Teachers Association

What causes condensation? Does temperature affect how well a balloon will fly? How do tiny bugs get into oatmeal? Through 15 mystery stories, this book memorably illustrates science concepts for students and reinforces the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations. Focused on concepts such as periodic motion, thermodynamics, temperature and energy, and sound, these mysteries draw students into the stories by grounding them in experiences students are familiar with, providing them with a foundation for classroom discussion and inquiry.

The story format is used because it is one of the most effective ways to engage students' attention right from the start. Each chapter includes a list of science concepts explored, targeted strategies for using the stories with children in grades K–4 and with older students in grades 5–8, and a key matching story concepts with corresponding standards in the NSES.
 
Acknowledgments
 
Foreward
 
Preface
 
Introduction: Case Studies on How to Use the Stories in the Classroom
 
Chapter 1: Theory Behind the Book
 
Chapter 2: Using the Book and the Stories
 
Chapter 3: The Link Between Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy
 
The Stories and Background Material for Teachers
 
Matrix for Earth and Space Sciences
 
Chapter 4: Moon Tricks
 
Chapter 5: Where Are the Acorns?
 
Chapter 6: Master Gardener
 
Chapter 7: Frosty Morning
 
Chapter 8: The Little Tent That Cried
 
Matrix for Biological Sciences
 
Chapter 9: About Me.
 
Chapter 10: Oatmeal Bugs
 
Chapter 11: Dried Apples
 
Chapter 12: Seed Bargains
 
Chapter 13: Trees From Helicopters
 
Matrix for Physical Sciences
 
Chapter 14: The Magic Balloon
 
Chapter 15: Bocce, Anyone?
 
Chapter 16: Grandfather’s Clock
 
Chapter 17: The Neighborhood Telephone System
 
Chapter 18: How Cold Is Cold?
 
Chapter 19: Conclusion

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreward by Page Keeley

Preface

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ISBN: 9781933531212
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