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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: Volumes 1-4





Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volumes 1-4, provide a set of grades K-12+ formative assessment probes that link key concepts in science to commonly held ideas described in the research on learning. These probes can be used to reveal the variety of conceptions, including misconceptions, naive ideas, partially correct or incomplete ideas, and scientific ideas students bring to their learning. Used individually or as a set, these probes provide the diagnostic and formative tools science teachers at all grades need to uncover the preconceptions students bring to their learning and inform pathways needed to build a conceptual bridge from where students are at any point in the instructional cycle to where they need to be scientifically. Read below for more details on each book.

 

 

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science (Volume 1)- 25 Formative Assessment Probes, by Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin (2005). This book, the first volume in the NSTA Press USI series includes 25 formative assessment probes that can be used across multiple grade spans, as well as pre-service teacher education and teacher professional development in life, physical, earth, and space sciences. The introductory chapter that precedes the twenty-five probes provides an overview of formative assessment, the formative assessment probe design process, how to use the teacher support notes that accompany each probe, and an elementary, middle, and high school vignette that illustrate how the probes are embedded into classroom instruction. Click here to read the introductory chapter and download a sample probe- Can It Reflect Light? The following is a list of each probe, the related concepts addressed by the probe, and recommended grade span use (note:modifications, described in the teachers' notes, must be made in order to use some probes at a lower grade level):

CAN IT REFLECT LIGHT- light, reflection (3-12)

APPLE IN THE DARK- light, reflection, light transmission, color, vision (3-12)

BIRTHDAY CANDLES- light, light transmission, vision, light source (3-12)

MAKING SOUND- sound, vibration (3-12)

ICE CUBES IN A BAG- conservation of matter, mass, weight, atoms, molecules, change in state, physical change, closed system (3-12)

LEMONADE- conservation of matter, mass, weight, dissolving, atoms, molecules, physical change (3-12)

COOKIE CRUMBLES- conservation of matter, mass, weight, physical change (K-8)

SEEDLINGS IN A JAR- conservation of matter, mass, weight, atoms, molecules, chemical change, closed system (6-12)

IS IT MELTING?- dissolving, change in state, physical change, melting, heat (3-12)

IS IT MATTER?- mass, weight, atoms, molecules, states of matter, concept of matter (2-12)

IS IT MADE OF MOLECULES?- atoms, molecules, concept of matter (5-12)

THE RUSTY NAILS- mass, weight, chemical change, oxidation (6-12)

TALKING ABOUT GRAVITY- gravity (3-12)

THE MITTEN PROBLEM- heat, temperature, energy, insulator (3-12)

OBJECTS AND TEMPERATURE- heat temperature (5-12)

IS IT AN ANIMAL?- animals, classification (K-12)

IS IT LIVING?- life processes, living things, characteristics of life (K-12)

IS IT MADE OF CELLS?- cells, living things (5-12)

HUMAN BODY BASICS- life processes, cells, cellular processes, levels of organization in living systems, structure and function (6-12)

FUNCTIONS OF LIVING THINGS- life processes, cellular processes, photosynthesis, respiration, similarities within the diversity of life (6-12)

WET JEANS- water cycle, evaporation (2-12)

BEACH SAND- weathering, erosion, deposition (6-12)

MOUNTAIN AGE- weathering, landforms, mountains (6-12)

GAZING AT THE MOON- moon phases (5-12)

GOING THROUGH A PHASE- moon phases (5-12)

 

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science (Volume 2)- 25 More Formative Assessment Probes by Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Joyce Tugel (2007). This book, the second volume in the NSTA Press USI series includes 25 formative assessment probes that can be used across multiple grade spans, as well as pre-service teacher education and teacher professional development in life, physical, earth, and space sciences. The introductory chapter that precedes the twenty-five probes provides an overview of the inextricable link between instruction and assessment. It describes how probes link teaching and learning, the research that supports using probes in instruction, why it is important to take into account students' ideas, several suggestions for embedding probes into instruction, and a middle school vignette. This volume also includes a foreword by Dr. Dick Konicek-Moran, Professor Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts and Author of the Every Day Science Mystery Stories. This volume is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). Click here to read the introductory chapter and download the sample probe, What's in the Bubbles? The following is a list of each probe, the related concepts addressed by the probe, and recommended grade span use (note:modifications, described in the teachers' notes, must be made in order to use some probes at a lower grade level):

COMPARING CUBES- atoms, molecules, density, extensive properties, intensive properties, mass, melting point, sinking and floating, weight (6-12)

FLOATING LOGS- characteristic properties, density, intensive properties, floating and sinking (3-12)

FLOATING HIGH AND LOW- buoyancy, characteristic properties, density, intensive properties, sinking and floating (5-12)

SOLIDS AND HOLES- characteristic properties, density, intensive properties, floating and sinking (5-12)

TURNING THE DIAL- boiling point, change in state, characteristic properties, energy, heat, intensive properties, temperature (5-12)

BOILING TIME AND TEMPERATURE- boiling point, change in state, characteristic properties, energy, heat, intensive properties, temperature (5-12)

FREEZING ICE- characteristic properties, energy, freezing point, intensive properties, temperature (3-12)

WHAT'S IN THE BUBBLES?- atoms, molecules, boiling, change in state, energy (3-12)

CHEMICAL BONDS- atoms, molecules, chemical bonds (6-12)

ICE COLD LEMONADE- energy, energy transfer, heat, conduction, convection (5-12)

MIXING WATER- energy, energy transfer, heat, conduction, convection, temperature (3-12)

IS IT A PLANT- biological classification, plants (K-8)

NEEDS OF SEEDS- germination, life cycles, needs of organisms, seeds (3-12)

PLANTS IN THE DARK AND LIGHT- behavioral response, growth, needs of organisms, plants (3-12)

IS IT FOOD FOR PLANTS?- food, photosynthesis, plants (5-12)

GIANT SEQUOIA TREE- photosyntesis, plants, transformation of matter (7-12)

BABY MICE-chromosomes, genes, inherited traits (6-12)

WHALE AND SHREW- cell division, cells, growth (6-12)

HABITAT CHANGE- adaptation, behavioral response (5-12)

IS IT A ROCK? (VERSION 1)- minerals, rocks, weathering and erosion (K-8)

IS IT A ROCK? (VERSION 2)- minerals, rocks (2-8)

MOUNTAINTOP FOSSIL- fossils, landforms, uplift, waethering and erosion (5-12)

DARKNESS AT NIGHT- day/night cycle, Earth's axis, rotation (3-8)

EMMY'S MOON AND STARS- scale size and distance in the universe, stars, moon (3-8)

OBJECTS IN THE SKY- light reflection, light source, stars, moon, Sun

 

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science (Volume 3)- Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes by Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Chad Dorsey (2008). This book, the third  volume in the NSTA Press USI series includes 25 formative assessment probes that can be used across multiple grade spans, as well as pre-service teacher education and teacher professional development in life, physical, earth, and space sciences. In addition, this book includes three nature of science probes. The introductory chapter that precedes the twenty-five probes provides an overview of using probes for professional learning including examining teaching and learning through student responses to the probes, transformative learning for teachers, nine suggestions for using probes as assessment for teacher learning, using data to create a classroom profile, professional learning community (PLC) use of probes, and a fourth grade PLC vignette.  Click here to read the introductory chapter and download the sample probe, Pennies. The following is a list of each probe, the related concepts addressed by the probe, and recommended grade span use (note:modifications, described in the teachers' notes, must be made in order to use some probes at a lower grade level):

PENNIES- atoms, properties of matter (6-12)

IS IT A SOLID?- liquid, solid, properties of matter (K-12)

THERMOMETER- kinetic molecular theory, thermal expansion, thermometer (6-12)

FLOATING BALLOON-density, gas, kinetic molecular theory, mass, weight, properties of matter (5-12)

HOT AND COLD BALLOONS- conservation of matter, gas, kinetic molecular theory, mass, weight, properties of matter (5-12)

MIRROR ON THE WALL-mirrors, reflection (5-12)

BATTERIES, BULBS, AND WIRES- complete circuit, electric circuit, electricity (3-12)

APPLE ON A DESK- balanced forces, force, gravity (6-12)

ROLLING MARBLES- circular motion, force, inertia, Newton's First Law (5-12)

DROPPING BALLS- acceleration, force, gravity, mass, weight (3-12)

IS IT A THEORY?- theory, hypothesis, scientific law, nature of science (6-12)

DOING SCIENCE- scientific method, scientific inquiry, experiment, nature of science (3-12)

WHAT IS A HYPOTHESIS?- hypothesis, scientific method, scientific inquiry, nature of science (5-12)

DOES IT HAVE A LIFE CYCLE?- growth, development, life cycle, living vs. non-living, reproduction (K-8)

CELLS AND SIZE- cells, cell size, micrometer (6-12)

SAM'S PUPPY- cell division, growth, transformation of matter (6-12)

RESPIRATION- cellular respiration, respiratory system (6-12)

ROTTING APPLE- decay, decomposition, decomposers, microbes (3-12)

EARTH'S MASS- closed system, conservation of matter, cycling of matter, decay, decomposition, transformation of matter (4-12)

WHAT ARE CLOUDS MADE OF?- clouds, condensation, water cycle, water vapor (3-9)

WHERE DID THE WATER COME FROM?- condensation, evaporation, water cycle, water vapor (3-12)

RAINFALL-clouds, gravity, precipitation, rain, water cycle (3-9)

SUMMER TALK- Earth-Sun system, seasons (6-12)

ME AND MY SHADOW- Sun-Earth system, shadows (2-9)

WHERE DO STARS GO?-stars (3-9)

 

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science (Volume 4)- 25 NEW Formative Assessment Probes by Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel (2009). This book, the fourth volume in the NSTA Press USI series includes 25 formative assessment probes that can be used across multiple grade spans, as well as pre-service teacher education and teacher professional development in life, physical, earth, and space sciences. In addition, this book includes two unifying themes probes- one on systems, one on models. The introductory chapter that precedes the twenty-five probes provides an overview of the link between formative and summative assessment including a K-12 vignette. This volume is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and a finalist for the Golden Lamp Award. Click here to read the introductory chapter and download the sample probe, Catching a Cold. The following is a list of each probe, the related concepts addressed by the probe, and recommended grade span use (note:modifications, described in the teachers' notes, must be made in order to use some probes at a lower grade level):

SUGAR WATER- dissolving, mixture, physical change (5-12)

IRON BAR- atoms, thermal expansion (6-12)

BURNING PAPER- chemical change, closed system, combustion, conservation of matter (5-12)

NAILS IN A JAR- chemical change, closed system, conservation of matter, oxidation (6-12)

SALT CRYSTALS- atoms, crystal, crystalline lattice, ionic bond (6-12)

ICE WATER- energy, phase change, phases of matter, temperature, transfer of energy (5-12)

WARMING WATER- energy, heat, temperature, thermal energy, transfer of energy (6-12)

STANDING ON ONE FOOT- force, gravity, pressure, weight (3-12)

MAGNETS IN WATER- magnetism (2-9)

IS IT A MODEL?- models (5-12)

IS IT A SYSTEM?- systems (6-12)

IS IT FOOD?- food. nutrients (4-12)

BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION- biological evolution, natural selection, origin of life (8-12)

CHICKEN EGGS- conservation of matter, embryo development, food, system, transformation of matter (5-12)

ADAPTATION- adaptation, natural selection, variation (5-12)

IS IT "FITTER"?- adaptation, natural selection (6-12)

CATCHING COLD- common cold, germ theory, infectious disease (3-12)

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM- cells, digestive system, food, nutrients (5-12)

CAMPING TRIP- heat transfer, solar radiation, temperature, weather (4-12)

GLOBAL WARMING- climate change, global warming, greenhouse gas (6-12)

WHERE DOES OIL COME FROM?- fossil fuel, natural resource, renewable/non-renewable resource (4-12)

WHERE WOULD IT FALL?- Earth's water distribution, oceans, surface of the Earth (3-8)

MOONLIGHT- light reflection, moon, moon phases (2-12)

LUNAR ECLIPSE- lunar eclipse (5-12)

SOLAR ECLIPSE- solar eclipse (5-12)

 

All of the books in this series can be ordered through NSTA Press, Amazon or other on-line book sellers. NSTA also offers electronic pdf e-book versions and bundles of all four volumes. Individual copies can also be ordered through the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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