Academic journal article Science Scope

Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science

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By Katherine L. McNeill, Joseph S. Krajcik. $39.99. 166 pp. 2012. Pearson Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ ISBN: 9780137043453.

This was a fun book to read--unusual for a book of methods and professional development ideas. The framework given in the book is a good way for students to begin understanding scientific discourse. By using the framework of claim, evidence, and reasoning, the authors have given teachers a way to help students better understand all three themes.

The authors do a great job of introducing the framework and then building on it using actual situations and papers written by students. It became clear to me what the authors intended me to understand as well as how to implement the framework. As the book continues, the reader is left with an understanding that this framework can be used with other disciplines as well. It will work well across many curricula. …

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