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ERIC Number: EJ921138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning: Demystifying Data during a Unit on Simple Machines
McNeill, Katherine L.; Martin, Dean M.
Science and Children, v48 n8 p52-56 Apr 2011
Although students are enthusiastic when engaging in hands-on investigations, they can find it challenging to make sense of their data and to create explanations using evidence from their investigations. The authors spent a year designing and testing strategies in a science classroom to better assist elementary students in constructing and justifying their claims in both science talk and writing. In this article, the authors describe the strategies they used to help students demystify data and share their results. They use examples from a unit on simple machines to illustrate the process, but the strategies and framework can be used in any science content area. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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