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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 4

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 4
25 New Formative Assessment Probes

September 2012 | 184 pages | Corwin
Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? 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.

Physical Science and Unifying Themes Assessment Probes
Chapter 1: Sugar Water
Chapter 2: Iron Bar
Chapter 3: Burning Paper
Chapter 4: Nails in a Jar
Chapter 5: Salt Crystals
Chapter 6: Ice Water
Chapter 7: Warming Water
Chapter 8: Standing on One Foot
Chapter 9: Magnet in Water
Chapter 10: Is It a Model?
Chapter 11: Is It a System?
Life, Earth, and Space Science Assessment Probes
Chapter 12: Is It Food?
Chapter 13: Biological Evolution
Chapter 14: Chicken Eggs
Chapter 15: Adaptation
Chapter 16: Is It "FItter"?
Chapter 17: Catching a Cold
Chapter 18: Digestive System
Chapter 19: Camping Trip
Chapter 20: Global Warming
Chapter 21: Where Does Oil Come From?
Chapter 22: Where Would It Fall?
Chapter 23: Moonlight
Chapter 24: Lunar Eclipse
Chapter 25: Solar Eclipse
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 probes

Sample Materials & Chapters



Chapter 17

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781935155010