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Winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award from Association of Educational Publishers!Author Page Keeley continues to provide K–12 teachers with her highly usable and popular formula for uncovering and addressing the preconceptions that students bring to the classroom—the formative assessment probe—in this first book devoted exclusively to life science in her Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series.
In this volume, Keeley addresses the topics of life and its diversity; structure and function; life processes and needs of living things; ecosystems and change; reproduction, life cycles, and heredity; and human biology. Using the probes as diagnostic tools that identify and analyze students’ preconceptions, teachers can easily move students from where they are in their current thinking to where they need to be to achieve scientific understanding. At the same time, use of the probes deepens the teacher’s understanding of the subject matter, suggests instructional implications, and expands assessment literacy. Using the student-learning data gained through the probes to inform teaching and learning is what makes the probes formative.
Each probe is supported by extensive Teacher Notes, which provide background information on the purpose of the probes, related concepts, explanations of the life science ideas being taught, related ideas in the national science standards, research on typical student misconceptions in life science, and suggestions for instruction and assessment.
Cucumber SeedsLight and DarkFood for CornPumpkin SeedsRocky SoilIs It a Consumer?Food Chain EnergyEcosystem CyclesNo More PlantsChanging EnvironmentEggsThe Virus DebateChrysalisDNA, Genes, and Chromosomes
Human BodyHuman Excretory
AntibioticsNo Animals AllowedIs It an Amphibian?Pond WaterAtoms and CellsWhich One Will Dry Out Last?
Foreword by Julie Luft
About the Author
Life and Its Diversity
1. Cucumber Seeds
2. The Virus Debate
3. No Animals Allowed
4. Is It an Amphibian?
Structure and Function
5. Pond Water
6. Atoms and Cells
7. Which One Will Dry Out Last?
9. Apple Tree
Life Processes and Needs of Living Things
10. Light and Dark
11. Food for Corn
12. Pumpkin Seeds
13. Rocky Soil
Ecosystems and Change
14. Is It a Consumer?
15. Food Chain Energy
16. Ecosystem Cycles
17. No More Plants
18. Changing Environment
Reproduction, Life Cycles, and Heredity
21. DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes
22. Eye Color
23. Human Body
24. Excretory System
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I use these formative assessments at the beginning of new units to see what students know from previous years of science instruction. Allowing the students to explain their reasoning aloud and talk through their responses helps me assess their current knowledge and misconceptions. The probes in this book are short and can easily be done in short amounts of time as a warm-up or can be expanded into writing assignments.
Carrie S (Duluth, GA)
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