Argument-Driven Inquiry in Earth and Space Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6–10

NSTA Press Book by: Victor Sampson, Ashley Murphy, Kemper Lipscomb, and Todd L. Hutner

If you’re looking for labs that cover Earth and space science, appeal to middle and high school students, and use Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI), your search is over. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Earth and Space Science provides 23 field-tested labs that cover the universe, Earth, and weather. It also helps you make the instructional shift to ADI. This innovative approach to inquiry prompts students to use argument to construct, support, and evaluate scientific claims.

The book starts with guidance on how to use ADI. Then it provides labs that cover five disciplinary core ideas in Earth and space science: Earth’s place in the universe, the history of Earth, Earth’s systems, weather and climate, and Earth and human activity. Your students will explore important content and discover scientific practices. They can investigate everything from how the seasons work to what causes geological formations and even consider where NASA should send a space probe next to look for signs of life.

This volume is the latest in NSTA’s teacher-friendly ADI series. The authors are veteran teachers who know the importance of connecting all investigations to today’s standards—and of providing the information and instructional materials you need in one useful resource that combines literacy, math, and science. Use these new investigations to help students develop science proficiency by figuring out how and why things work, not just learning theories and laws.

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Reviews (3)
  • on Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:47 PM

I'm still using the book, but I'm having to do significant redesign for each lab. I feel like the lab book wasn't field-tested before it was published - there's just too many problems in each activity.

Gregg Alex  (Draper, UT)
Gregg Alex (Draper, UT)

  • on Wed May 30, 2018 2:07 PM

I'm having a real hard time using this resource. I think it would help to have some example solutions, so teachers can get an idea of what the end product should be. As I went through and tried the first lab (Moon Phases) myself, my solution was seemed way to complex for a 6th grader. At this point I feel like there are some good ideas in here, but I would have to completely re-design the labs to make them realistic for our students.

Gregg Alex  (, UT)
Gregg Alex (, UT)

  • on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:57 AM

I have tried several of the activities from this resource and have found them very difficult to do correctly. I have even had other educators double check my work and they to have had trouble working through the activities. Answer keys or sample answers would be very helpful.

Faye Ewald
Faye Ewald

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