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Thinking Strategies for Science, Grades 5-12

Thinking Strategies for Science, Grades 5-12

Second Edition

June 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin
A blueprint for science lessons that develop students' higher-level thinking skills! This second edition of Catch Them Thinking in Science offers easy-to-use strategies to help students gather, process, analyze, and apply information throughout the science curriculum. The author presents units of study that align with national science standards and offers strategies for cooperative learning groups to increase student comprehension in science. Providing a research-based rationale for each activity and strategy, this revised edition includes:

-Updated research

-A new section on designing your own science activities

-An expanded discussion of assessment methods

-An assortment of handy reproducibles to use with your lesson plans

About the Author
Part I. Gathering Information
1. The People Search: Getting to Know You
2. KNL: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? What Have We Learned?
3. Asking Questions: What I Really Do Not Understand Is...
4. The Prediction Guide: Becoming More Focused Readers
5. The Importance of Using Precise Labels: Latch Onto a Label
6. Think-Pair-Share: And the Answer Is. . .
7. Making Observations: It Makes Cents to Me
8. Accurate Observations: Hide in Plain Sight
Part II. Processing Information
9. Mental Modeling: What Is Behind Door Number Two?
10. Becoming Better Listeners: What a Bright Idea
11. The Venn Diagram: Frogs and Salamanders
12. Using a Fishbone: The Planets Organized
13. One Way to Use a Matrix: That Is My Pet Matrix
14. Looking for Attributes: Scavenger Hunt
Part III. Analyzing and Applying Information
15. Lateral Thinking: Cook's Choice
16. An Individual Writing Activity: Dear Uncle Chester
17. A Jigsaw: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
18. Follow-Up for Guided Practice: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
19. Using a Storyboard: Home on the Range Just Is Not the Same
20. Mapping: Making Sense of What We Know
21. Right-Angle Thinking: Molecules in Motion
Part IV. Designing Your Own Activities
22. Designing Your Own Activities: Your Turn!
References and Recommended Readings

"Provides helpful, guided, step-by-step procedures for new and seasoned teachers to review and reassess their methods for teaching students how to collect, organize, and analyze new ideas."

Jean Eames, Chemistry and Biology Teacher
Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR

"The ideas will be valuable to teachers seeking ways to engage students in learning. Presents strategies to engage students in making meaning out of prior knowledge, texts, and specific content."

Nancy T. Davis, Associate Professor of Middle and Secondary Education
Florida State University

Sally Berman

Sally Berman specializes in teaching educators how to use practical strategies that expand student teamwork, cognition, metacognition, and self-evaluation skills. She developed and tested many of her ideas during her 30 years of teaching science in a large Chicago-area high school. Berman regularly presents at workshops and conferences and has taught graduate courses for SkyLight Professional Development in conjunction with St. Xavier University and Cumberland University. More About Author

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