Learning to Read the Earth and Sky: Explorations Supporting the NGSS, Grades 6–12

NSTA Press Book by: Russ Colson and Mary Colson

Is it time to refresh the way you think about teaching Earth science? Learning to Read the Earth and Sky is the multifaceted resource you need to bring authentic science—and enthusiasm—into your classroom. It offers inspiration for reaching beyond prepared curricula, engaging in discovery along with your students, and using your lessons to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The book provides

• examples of Earth science labs and activities you and your students can do as co-investigators;
• insights into student expectations and misconceptions, plus ideas for inspiring true investigation;
• stories of real scientific discovery translated for classroom consideration;
• exploration of how you can mentor students as a teacher-scholar; and
• guidance on how to translate the sweeping core ideas of the NGSS into specific examples students can touch, see, and experience.

The authors of Learning to Read the Earth and Sky are husband-and-wife educators who promote science as something to figure out, not just something to know. They write, “It is our hope that readers will find our book short on ‘edu-speak,’ long on the joy of doing science, and full of stories of students, classrooms, scientists, and Earth and sky.”

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  • on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:15 PM

A new must-have for all earth science teachers, veterans and beginners alike! Russ and Mary make you feel like you are right there with them, hearing about and experiencing their stories. They have such experience between them; they share fun and innovative ways to reach students, and you can tell right away that so many kids have found their scientific niche in the Colson's classrooms. You will be inspired, uplifted and excited to bring these stories and ideas into your classroom!

Dana  (Nicollet, MN)
Dana (Nicollet, MN)

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