Academic journal article Science Scope

3-4-8: A Winning Combination for Science Instruction

Academic journal article Science Scope

3-4-8: A Winning Combination for Science Instruction

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The eight science and engineering practices (SEPs) intentionally overlap in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This month's Science Scope theme, Gathering, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data, was selected to show how three SEPs--Analyzing and Interpreting Data (Practice 4); Planning and Carrying Out Investigations (Practice 3); and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information (Practice 8)--can be used together in middle school science instruction.

Gathering data, making sense of it, and then designing a presentation to communicate the results is at the heart of what scientists do. These three SEPs also naturally connect to various crosscutting concepts, are essential to teaching disciplinary core ideas in all domains of science, and align with many goals in the Common Core State Standards, in language arts and mathematics.

This issue contains a collection of articles that focus on gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data when studying a variety of science topics: refraction of light, properties of sound waves, the importance of spiders to global ecosystems, the physical properties of computer-generated materials, weather phenomena, and aquatic food webs. Implementing the activities in these articles will help you increase your students' capabilities as outlined in Appendix F of the NGSS. …

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