Online Resources

Chapter 1: Forming Commitments to Science Teaching

Introduction to Science for All Americans. Provides a stirring description of why we need to teach science differently.

Key ideas from Taking Science to School.

Chapter 2: The Nature of Science

William McComas, The Principal Elements Of The Nature Of Science: Dispelling The Myths.

Evolution and Nature of Science Institute website.

The Butterfly Project and Nature of Science.

Science for all Americans: Nature of Science (Chapter 1).

Science for all Americans: Historical Perspectives (Chapter 10).

Chapter 3: Basic Science Process Skills: Observe, Infer, and Classify

Explains process skills in everyday language and provides ways of teaching these skills to young children.

Several activities and links related to Classifying.

McREL: Turning what works in teaching, leading and learning, Accessible Science Series.

Chapter 4: More Basic Science Process Skills: Measure, Predict, and Communicate

Research Matters—to the Science Teacher: The Science Process Skills.

SchoolTube video
The video clip portrays students employing a number of science process skills.

6th Grade science activities from Bay Middle School.
This teacher’s webpage includes a number of useful science investigations that feature students’ use of process skills.

Chapter 5:  Experimenting as a Valuable Way of Doing Science

The following are useful links to a variety of science fair ideas.

The following are two useful worksheets to help students organize their work and thinking in the conduct of an experiment.

This link provides a useful videoclip on which the “Happy Scientist” discusses the processes of science leading to an experiment.

Controlled Experiment Worksheet. This activity provides an opportunity to assess your knowledge of experimental design.

Chapter 6: Using Theory to Explain and Understand Science Learning

The following link, from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, provides a number of quick games that demonstrate different aspects of memory theory.

YouTube videos of a clinical interview with young children portraying Piaget’s stages of development.

A YouTube video describing Vygotsky’s ideas.

A video, entitled “My Private Universe,” portrays the influence of science misconceptions.

A video, entitled “Mind of their Own,” explores why students often have difficulties learning science concepts.

Chapter 7: Assessing Science Learning

PALS is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks.

Field-tested classroom learning assessment guide offers examples in insights into a range of assessment techniques useful for science classrooms.

Different strategies for the assessment of science learning.

Banks of science items used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Chapter 8: Varying Approaches to Science Instruction

This site provides a useful overview of conceptual change as a teaching strategy.

Conceptual change among students in science.

This is the web address of a short, easy to read book focusing on inquiry instruction produced National Research Council.

A teachers’ guide to student discovery through inquiry.

Chapter 9: The 5E Learning Cycle as a Model for Science Teaching

The pH factor highlights the learner’s actions during each stage of the learning cycle.

The following includes links to an assortment of 5E lessons.

Chapter 10: Questioning Strategies and Leading Discussions

This article explores the use of wait time in teaching and learning.

This website has an assortment of questions categorized and grouped in pedagogically useful ways.

This website offers a number of tips in the effective use of a range of questions.

This site explores the relationship of the types of questions asked and students’ use of higher order thinking.

Chapter 11: From Activity to Inquiry

The following website provides a thorough exploration of different aspects of classroom inquiries that will be useful for individuals turning activities into effective science lessons.

This website provides a number of activities that have been structured to become classroom inquiries.

Chapter 12: Integrating Science with Other Subjects

Web resources about the use of Science Notebooks.

This article, written by Jim Vanides, Yue Yin, Miki Tomita, and Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo, describes how concept maps can be used effectively in a science classroom.

This site, produced by Iowa State University, takes the view through the use of the Science Writing Heuristic in an actual classroom. While this is a university classroom the process of using this instructional strategy has been successfully implemented in the K-12 setting.

This site provides a number of middle school lesson plans that feature the use of the Science Writing Heuristic.

Chapter 13: Managing a Classroom for Science Learning

This site, produced by the California Science Teachers Association, is an excellent source of information about effective strategies for classroom, for science classrooms, and even science laboratories.

Mr Smith and Room 26: Teacher success with building classroom community.

This site includes five articles from the Science Scope that offer useful advice in creating and carrying out a classroom management plan that works for science in middle school classrooms.

A description of an effective classroom management system for classrooms that feature inquiry based science.

Chapter 14: Teachers Negotiating Different Communities

Why teach urban students differently?

A description of how to engage and support urban students in the classroom.

This research article by Bhaskar Upadhyay describes how one elementary teacher used her students’ personal experiences to teach science.

Biographies of over fifty professional scientists representing considerable diversity.

Can I Be a Star Teacher of Diverse Children in Poverty? Position paper co-authored by Martin Haberman.