Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More
Sun, May 08, 2016 4:35 PM
Solar Science Is Fully Aligned with the NGSS
Solar Science is the first book on teaching astronomy that is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. In fact, it not only provides very clear instructions on how best to teach key concepts and skills, it also provides wonderful examples of what it means to apply three-dimensional learning, which is one of the more challenging aspects of the new standards. What I found most compelling about this book, however, is that it strongly advocates that the best resource for learning astronomy is the real sky. Detailed instructions are provided for a wide range of observations that will help students connect what they are learning in your classroom with the real celestial objects that they see outdoors. The activities are strongly supported by educational research, and the narrative identifies the most common (and persistent) misconceptions to watch for. I must add that the beautiful design by the National Science Teachers Association makes this book a joy to read.