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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fourth-Grade Science: Three Dimensional Investigations

by: Victor Sampson and Ashley Murphy

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Are you interested in helping your elementary students learn the practices of science, including constructing explanations and engaging in argument from evidence? Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fourth-Grade Science will provide you with both the information and instructional materials you need to get started right away. The book is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations. It’s designed to help your fourth graders work the way scientists do while integrating literacy and math at the same time.

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fourth-Grade Science is divided into two basic parts:

1. An introduction to the stages of ADI—from question identification, data analysis, and argument development to evaluating and revising ideas.

2. A well-organized series of 15 field-tested investigations designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional activities. The investigations cover energy, waves and their application in technologies for information transfer, molecules and organisms, and Earth’s place in the universe and systems. Using the Student Workbook, your students will explore important content and discover scientific practices. They can investigate questions such as these: How does the energy of a moving object change after a collision? How can you make an electric car move faster? And why do big waves block the entrance to some New Zealand harbors?

This book is part of NSTA’s best-selling series about ADI in middle school and high school science. Like its predecessors, this collection is designed to be easy to use, with teacher notes, investigation handouts, and checkout questions. The lessons also support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. The book can also help emerging bilingual students meet the English Language Proficiency Standards.

Many of today’s elementary school teachers—like you—want new ways to engage students in scientific practices and help students learn more from classroom activities. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fourth-Grade Science does all of this while giving students the chance to practice reading, writing, speaking, and using mathematics in the context of science.

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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