Carolina Biological K-8 Curriculum - March 2023

Learning to Read the Earth and Sky: Explorations Supporting the NGSS, Grades 6–12

by: Russ Colson and Mary Colson

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Is it time to refresh the way you think about teaching Earth science? Learning to Read the Earth and Sky is the multifaceted resource you need to bring authentic science—and enthusiasm—into your classroom. It offers inspiration for reaching beyond prepared curricula, engaging in discovery along with your students, and using your lessons to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The book provides

• examples of Earth science labs and activities you and your students can do as co-investigators;
• insights into student expectations and misconceptions, plus ideas for inspiring true investigation;
• stories of real scientific discovery translated for classroom consideration;
• exploration of how you can mentor students as a teacher-scholar; and
• guidance on how to translate the sweeping core ideas of the NGSS into specific examples students can touch, see, and experience.

The authors of Learning to Read the Earth and Sky are husband-and-wife educators who promote science as something to figure out, not just something to know. They write, “It is our hope that readers will find our book short on ‘edu-speak,’ long on the joy of doing science, and full of stories of students, classrooms, scientists, and Earth and sky.”

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


About the Authors


About This Book





Introduction





The Practices of Science


Chapter 1: Go and See


Chapter 2: The Controlled Experiment


Chapter 3: Field Observations


Chapter 4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Part 1: Graphing


Chapter 5: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Part 2: Maps and Cross-Sections


Chapter 6: Modeling, Part 1: Conceptual Modeling


Chapter 7: Modeling, Part 2: Mathematical Modeling


Chapter 8: Arguing From Evidence, Part 1: Focus on Evidence


Chapter 9: Arguing From Evidence, Part 2: Claim and Argument





The Language of the Earth


Chapter 10: Stories in Rocks


Chapter 11: Stories in Rock Layers


Chapter 12: Stories of Places We Can’t See but Can Hea
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Chapter 13: Stories of Places We Can’t Go but Can See


Chapter 14: Stories Told by Atoms





YOU Can Do It!


Chapter 15: Teacher as Curriculum Narrator


Chapter 16: Earth Science Where You Are


Chapter 17: Teacher as Mentor, Practitioner, and Scholar





Afterword: Some Things We’ve Left Out





Appendixes


Appendix A: Chapter Activities and Anecdotes Related to NGSS Performance Expectations


Appendix B: Chapter Activities and Anecdotes Related to the Three Dimensions and Performance Expectations of the NGSS


Appendix C: Resources for Further Reading





Image Credits


Index

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