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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes

by: Joyce Tugel and Page Keeley

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Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4, offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of grades K-12 will find short probes with grade-band specifics that provide easy-to-follow suggestions for addressing students' ideas by promoting learning through conceptual-change instruction. Volume 4 adds to the probes in physical, life, and Earth and space science with a new category called "unifying principles." Also covered is a discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.

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Physical Science and Unifying Themes Assessment Probes Concept Matrix

1 Sugar Water

2 Iron Bar

3 Burning Paper

4 Nails in a Jar

5 Salt Crystals

6 Ice Water

7 Warming Water

8 Standing on One Foot

9 Magnets in Water

10 Is It a Model?

11 Is It a System?

Life, Earth, and Space Science

Assessment Probes Concept Matrix

12 Is It Food?

13 Biological Evolution

14 Chicken Eggs Adaptation

15 Adaptation

16 Is It “Fitter”?

17 Catching a Cold

18 Digestive System

19 Camping Trip

20 Global Warming

21 Where Does Oil Come From?

22 Where Would It Fall?

23 Moonlight

24 Lunar Eclipse

25 Solar Eclipse


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