Learning Science by Doing Science

  • Title:Learning Science by Doing Science: 10 Classic Investigations Reimagined to Teach Kids How Science Really Works, Grades 3-8
  • Author:Alan Colburn
  • Publication Date:January 2017
  • Grade Level:3-8
  • ISBN:9781506344614
  • Publisher:Corwin

Time-tested activities to teach the key ideas of science—and turn students into scientists!

Science education is becoming more rigorous than ever, but that doesn’t have to make it more difficult. In this straightforward and witty book, Alan Colburn has adapted classic investigations to help students in grades 3 through 8 truly think and act like scientists. Chapter by chapter, this accessible primer walks you through classic science investigations, discussing how each one illustrates a “big idea” about the nature of science, and offering clear links to the Next Generation Science Standards and its Science and Engineering Practices. You’ll also find:

  • A reader-friendly overview of the NGSS
  • Guidance on adapting the activities to your grade level, including communicating instructions, facilitating discussions, and managing safety concerns
  • Case studies of working scientists to highlight specifics about the science and engineering practices.

With this elemental guide, you’ll teach your students not just what scientists do, but how scientists think—giving them the 21st-century skills they need to become the next generation of scientists.

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