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It’s a simple fact: Students will learn about energy more effectively if teachers present it consistently in all grades and across all scientific disciplines. This book gives you the strategies and tools you need to help your students understand energy as a concept that cuts across all sciences. The result will be a clear lens for interpreting how energy works in many contexts, both inside and outside the classroom.
Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K–12 is accessible to teachers with varying science backgrounds. Its three main sections cover these essential topics:
1. Understanding why energy is such an important concept, what students need to know about it, and how to address the concept with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind
2. Using five central ideas about energy to teach the subject consistently across the life, physical, and Earth and space sciences, as well as in all grades
3. Providing the professional development and systemic support teachers need to adopt this book’s approaches
“The NGSS firmly assert that we can no longer accept teaching energy in a way that does not show students how energy ideas are connected,” editor Jeff Nordine writes. Simply and clearly, this book shows you how to make those vital connections.
AcknowledgementsForeword By Helen QuinnSECTION 1: Exploring Energy as a Crosscutting Concept Chapter 1 – Why is Energy Important? By Jeff Nordine Chapter 2 – What Should Students Know About Energy? By Jeff Nordine Chapter 3 - Teaching About Energy as a Crosscutting Concept By Arthur Eisenkraft SECTION 2: Teaching Energy Across the Life, Physical, and Earth Sciences Chapter 4 – Talking About Energy By Jeff Nordine Chapter 5 – Energy in Photosynthesis and Respiration By Joe Krajcik Chapter 6 - Conservation of Energy By David Fortus Chapter 7 – Energy and Natural Resources By Bob Chen Chapter 8 – Assessing Energy as a Crosscutting Concept By Knut Neumann, David Fortus, Jeff Nordine SECTION 3: Supporting Teachers in Emphasizing Energy as a Crosscutting Concept Chapter 9 - Professional Development for Teaching EnergyBy Bob Chen and Arthur Eisenkraft Chapter 10 – Systemic Supports for Teaching Energy as a Crosscutting ConceptBy Pam Pelletier and Allison Scheff Index
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This book is an excellent choice for classroom teachers who wish to further their understanding of energy in order to learn how to build knowledge of energy for their students, K-12. With energy all around us, children make their own intuitive ideas about what energy is and how it works, for example, turning on a light switch. With this book, you will learn common alternative conceptions of energy, and what you can do to build on them over time to allow students to grow into sophisticated scientific thinkers on the topic. This easy to understand book uses excellent examples, like the cheese puff lab, to give insight at all grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, so teachers can match the developmentally appropriate content for their classroom. Inside, you will find a clarification of energy terms, and how to use precise vocabulary with your students. You will also find information about the Five Big Ideas of Energy, and questions for students that allow them to build their ideas over time. In addition, it contains guidelines for assessing student understanding with real-world applications. This book is a clear choice for developing a deeper understanding of energy for both teachers and students.
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