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Have you been wanting to learn more about what your students know (or think they know) about major concepts in matter and energy? Have you been wishing for formative assessment tools in both English and Spanish? Then this is the book you’ve been waiting for.
Like the other 10 books in the bestselling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 3 does the following:
• Presents engaging questions, also known as formative assessment probes. The 32 probes in this book are designed to uncover what students know—or think they know—about the concept of matter and particle model of matter; properties of matter; classifying matter, chemical properties, and chemical reactions; and nuclear processes and energy. The probes will help you uncover students’ existing beliefs about everything from a particle model of matter to ways of describing energy.
• Offers field-tested teacher materials that provide the best answers along with distracters designed to reveal conceptual misunderstandings that students commonly hold. Since the content is explained in clear, everyday language, teachers can improve their own understanding of the science they teach.
• Is convenient and saves you time. The probes are short, easy-to-administer activities for speakers of both English and Spanish that come ready to reproduce. In addition to explaining the science content, the teacher materials include connections to A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, provide summaries of the research on students’ ideas, and suggest grade-appropriate instructional methods for addressing students’ ideas.
Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 3 has the potential to help you transform your teaching. As the authors write in the book’s introduction, “When teachers take the time to uncover [existing] ideas, understand where they came from, and make instructional decisions that will help students give up their strongly held ideas in favor of scientific ways of thinking, they are taking an important first step in teaching for conceptual understanding.”
Matter or Not Matter?Solids, Liquids, and GasesWhat Do You Know About Atoms and Molecules?Atoms and ApplesModel of Air Inside a JarWhat If You Could Remove All the Atoms?Do They Have Weight and Take Up Space?What Does “Conservation of Matter” Mean?Salt in WaterSquished BreadMass, Volume, and DensityMeasuring MassDo They Have the Same Properties?Are They the Same Substance?Classifying WaterGraphite and DiamondsNeutral AtomsWhat is a Substance?Will It Form a New Substance?What Is the Result of a Chemical Change?What Happens to Atoms During a Chemical Reaction?Is It a Chemical Change?Does It Have New Properties?Are They Safe to Eat?Radish SeedsDescribing EnergyMatter and EnergyEnergy and Chemical BondsHot SoupCold SpoonsHow Can I Keep It Cold?Which Has More Energy?
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroductionSection 1: Concept of Matter and Particle Model of MatterConcept Matrix Related NGSS Performance Expectations Related NSTA Resources1. Matter or Not Matter2. Solids, Liquids, and Gases3. What Do You Know About Atoms and Molecules?4. Atoms and Apples5. Model of Air Inside a Jar6. What If You Could Remove All the Atoms?Section 2: Properties of MatterConcept Matrix Related NGSS Performance ExpectationsRelated NSTA Resources7. Do They Have Weight and Take Up Space?8. What Does “Conservation of Matter” Mean?9. Salt in Water10. Squished Bread11. Mass, Volume, and Density12. Measuring Mass13. Do They Have the Same Properties?14. Are They the Same Substance?Section 3: Classifying Matter, Chemical Properties, and Chemical ReactionsConcept Matrix Related NGSS Performance ExpectationsRelated NSTA Resources15. Classifying Water16. Graphite and Diamonds17. Neutral Atoms18. What Is a Substance?19. Will It Form a New Substance?20. What Is the Result of a Chemical Change?21. What Happens to Atoms During a Chemical Reaction?22. Is It a Chemical Change?23. Does It Have New Properties?Section 4: Nuclear Processes and EnergyConcept MatrixRelated NGSS Performance ExpectationsRelated NSTA Resources24. Are They Safe to Eat?25. Radish Seeds26. Describing Energy27. Matter and Energy28. Energy and Chemical Bonds29. Hot Soup30. Cold Spoon31. How Can I Keep It Cold?32. Which Has More Energy?
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