Thinking Skills Through Science
Thinking Skills Through Science is a resource for secondary science teachers to create challenging science lessons built on science thinking skills. Teaching science using thinking skills activities will develop transferable learning skills through interaction and independent learning.
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Thinking Skills for SEN Learners contains three sections that will:
- help you develop your pupils’ thinking skills so that they achieve a higher level of attainment
- provide you with all of the material that you need to support your pupils
- give you practical activities to develop pupils’ communication skills
- inform continuing professional development within your staff.
Summary of contents
Thinking Skills Through Science combines thinking skills with subject-specific understanding. It consists of a series of science activities appropriate for Key Stage 3, which can also be adapted for older or younger pupils across a whole range of abilities. The activities deal with the study of: cells, interdependence, energy, force and particles. Each of the 18 exemplars are reports of actual lessons and can be used in a variety of teaching situations.
Thinking Skills Through Science links comfortably with CASE and generates CASE style cognitive conflict, but also moves on to develop specific thinking and learning skills. The thinking skills are those defined in the National Curriculum: information processing, enquiry, reasoning, creative thinking, evaluation, as well as sequencing and hypothesising. It also sits well with the Science Strand of the National Strategy (KS3). The authors and the series editor have played an influential role in this Strategy and, as such, fully appreciate the rewards of linking better acquisition of science subject knowledge with the development of thinking and learning skills. This approach is proven to have a positive impact in all types of school.
The structure of the book
Exemplars are based on the now familiar format of the three part lesson: Introduction; Group work and Plenary. Each covers: brief overview of the exemplar; pupils’ prior knowledge and skills; links to QCA scheme of work, thinking skills and key scientific ideas; lesson objectives (thinking skills AND science); context; preparation including classroom organisation and required resources; introduction to the lesson; group work (what you might see and hear); plenary - how to manage this part of the lesson and some possible outcomes; follow-up; useful references; teacher sheets and pupil sheets (which are also on the CD-Rom). As well as photocopiable pupil pages, all exemplars are included on the accompanying CD-Rom for use via the school intranet.
Introduction – what this book is about
How to use this book
Background and Methodology
Links with CASE
Teaching thinking can affect pupils’ learning
Reflective process and assessment
Thinking skills and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3
CASE influence on lesson structure
Definition of terms
Challenge and support
Adapting the exemplars
Developing activities of your own
Table 1: Summary of Exemplars
Table 2: Summary of Exemplars
2 Developing Thinking in Teaching Science
Long term planning
Short/medium term planning
Examples based on conflict category
Examples based on specific exemplars
Visual thinking and memory
3 The Exemplars
Exemplar 1 Alternative Science Theories
Exemplar 2 A Burning Candle
Exemplar 3 The Carbon Cycle
Exemplar 4 Climate Change
Exemplar 5 Diagram from Memory
Exemplar 6 Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
Exemplar 7 Energy Transformations
Exemplar 8 Evaluation of an Experimental Account
Exemplar 9 Floating and Sinking
Exemplar 10 Food Webs
Exemplar 11 Imagine You Are a Sperm Cell
Exemplar 12 The Solar System
Exemplar 13 Three Chemical Mysteries
Exemplar 14 Variation in Humans
Exemplar 15 What is Science?
Exemplar 16 What Might Have Happened?
Exemplar 17 Which Antacid Tablet is the Best?
Exemplar 18 Why Did the Dinosaurs Die Out?
Spiral bound, 225 x 297, 172 Pages, Published 2004
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