Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8

NSTA Press Book by: Patrick J. Enderle, Ruth Bickel, Leeanne K. Gleim, Ellen Granger, Jonathon Grooms, Melanie Hester, Ashley Murphy, Victor Sampson, and Sherry A. Southerland

If you’ve been wanting to bring the benefits of argument-driven inquiry to your middle school life science classes, this book will help you get started.

The book provides 20 field-tested labs to help your students learn how to read, write, speak, and use math in the context of science. These investigations are much more authentic than traditional laboratory activities because students both learn important content and participate in scientific practices. The students design their own method, develop models, collect and analyze data, and critique information. The labs cover topics in four broad areas of life science: molecules and organisms, ecosystems, biological evolution, and heredity.

This new book follows the same winning formula as the high school versions of Argument-Driven Inquiry for Chemistry and Biology. Each easy-to-use lab includes reproducible student pages, teacher notes, and checkout questions. The labs are versatile enough to introduce a topic or to conclude the unit by having students apply what they’ve learned. Perhaps most important, the authors are veteran teachers like you. They know the importance of connecting all of the 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.

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  • on Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:27 PM

I have been using this resource with my 6th grade scientists for the last year and a half. I love it. Let me preface this review though with the caution that ADI is a challenging process for 6th graders. I do find myself needing to scaffold the investigation report process so that all of my students, regardless of ability, can respond to the prompt at the level of rigor encouraged by ADI. I was fortunate to attend an ADI training at an NSTA conference a few years ago which was beneficial for helping me navigate this resource. The process of ADI bundles all of the skills I want my students to develop (asking questions, designing investigations, analyzing data, arguing from evidence, etc.) into a single learning experience. This process is time consuming and realistically I can only complete 4-5 of these experiences with my students in a given year due to the number of standards I need to cover. Those few experiences however are valuable as the entire ADI process encourages students to be stronger scientific thinkers and writers.

Lindsay  (Brighton, CO)
Lindsay (Brighton, CO)

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