Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1, Second Edition: 25 Formative Assessment Probes

by: Page Keeley

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This is the new updated edition of the first book in the bestselling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Like the first edition of volume 1, this book helps pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately, the book includes 25 “probes”—brief, easily administered formative assessments designed to understand your students’ thinking about 60 core science concepts. All probes in this new edition are provided in both Spanish and English.

The detailed Teacher Notes that accompany each probe have been updated to include current research summaries, connections to A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, new instructional suggestions, and related NSTA resources. These teacher materials also explain science content, present developmental considerations, and suggest instructional approaches for elementary, middle, and high school students. Other books may discuss students’ general misconceptions about scientific ideas. Only this one provides single, reproducible sheets you can use to determine students’ thinking about, for example, Moon phases, conservation of matter, reflection, chemical change, and cells. All probes have been field-tested with hundreds of students across multiple grade levels, so they’re proven effective for helping your students reveal, reexamine, and further develop their understanding of science concepts.

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Grade Levels

Elementary High School Middle School


Animals Assessment Biology Cellular structures Chemical changes Conservation of mass Curriculum Earth & Space Science Earth in the solar system Earth materials Earth processes Earth's water ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes Gases Informal Education Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans Life Science Liquids LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Mass Mirrors Music New Science Teachers Phenomena Physical changes Physical Science Preservice Science Education Professional Learning PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter PS1.B: Chemical Reactions PS1: Matter and Interactions PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions PS3: Energy Reflection Solar system Solids Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies Temperature


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 4/2/2018Pages 218ISBN 978-1-68140-563-6Stock # PB193X1E2

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