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ERIC Number: EJ1032646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Developing a Scientific Argument
Fulton, Lori; Poeltler, Emily
Science and Children, v50 n9 p30-35 Jul 2013
Arguing an idea from evidence is not an easy task. Lori Fulton and Emily Poeltler found that their second grade students could make claims about an idea and sometimes provide some sort of an explanation, but they struggled to support their claims with evidence. They noticed that as students were talking and writing about science, they were focused on what they were doing rather than learning. They were not engaged in scientific argument. Experience suggested that students needed help learning how to use evidence to support their ideas in both their science notebook entries and during science talks. In this article the authors share strategies that helped their students learn to argue their ideas based on evidence. The examples come from second graders studying the FOSS Solids and Liquids unit (Lawrence Hall of Science 2005), but the strategies could be used with second through fifth graders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A