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Predict, Observe, Explain

Predict, Observe, Explain
Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding

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September 2012 | 320 pages | Corwin
John Haysom and Michael Bowen provide middle and high school science teachers with more than 100 student activities to help the students develop their understanding of scientific concepts. The powerful Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) strategy, field-tested by hundreds of teachers, is designed to foster student inquiry and challenge existing conceptions that students bring to the classroom.

The POE strategy allows students to reflect on their experiences with and understanding of a subject before making a prediction about the outcome of an experiment and discussing the prediction with classmates. Following up this discussion with observations and then scientific explanations of the outcome gives students a more in-depth understanding of the subject at hand. Furthermore, the authors' POE strategy helps teachers gain insight into students' thinking throughout the learning process. Practicing the POE strategy also serves preservice teachers who need to develop strong pedagogy as they attempt to engage students in science learning and understanding.

The 15 chapters cover topics such as force and motion, temperature and heat, light, chemical change, and life processes in plants. Lessons include worksheets, scientific explanations of the concepts being studied, summaries of student responses during the field tests, synopses of research findings, and lists of necessary materials. In Predict, Observe, Explain, Haysom and Bowen make it easy for novice and experienced teachers alike to incorporate a teaching method that helps students understand—and even enjoy—science and learning.
The of a Curriculum Development Project: Acknowledgments
Using POE Sequences
About the Author
Chapter 1: Understanding Force and Motion
Chapter 2: Understanding Temperature and Heat
Chapter 3: Understanding Heat Travel
Chapter 4: Understanding Static Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 5: Understanding Current Electricity
Chapter 6: Understanding Pressure
Chapter 7: Understanding Work and Energy
Chapter 8: Understanding Light
Chapter 9: Understanding Sound
Chapter 10: Understanding Floating and Sinking
Chapter 11: Understanding Solutions
Chapter 12: Understanding Chemical Changes
Chapter 13: Understanding Living Things
Chapter 14: Understanding Life Processes in Plants
Chapter 15: Understanding Interactions of Living Things

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Using POE Sequences

John Haysom

Michael Bowen

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ISBN: 9781935155232