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ERIC Number: EJ944041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Generating Discourse with Cookie and Doughnut Investigations
Plankis, Brian; Vowell, Julie; Ramsey, John
Science Scope, v35 n1 p38-41 Sep 2011
One key element sometimes missing from middle school science lessons is questioning designed to generate student discourse. The National Science Teachers Association recommends that the curriculum of middle school science programs includes "hands-on, minds-on" (NSTA 2003) inquiry-based science instruction, and according to Clough and Olson, "Inquiry-based activities may be used to teach science content and the nature of science (NOS)." However, during inquiry activities, "teachers must pose questions to generate discussion of key NOS ideas" (Clough and Olson 2004). The skills-based lesson plans presented in this article contain questions that have been designed for student discourse concentrating on NOS and consumer claims, and they provide an engaging way for students to build their science process skills by using calipers, rulers, and balances. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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