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Suggested Reading

Expand your knowledge of topics related to science instruction. From science standards to questioning strategies and assessment, all of these issues can impact the success of your lessons. The books, articles and other resources identified here will help you keep up-to-date and provide ideas for your teaching.


Science Formative Assessment (book) by Page Keeley. Techniques for using assessment to inform instruction and gauge learning in the science classroom. ISBN-13: 978-1-41294-180-8

Seamless Assessment in Science (book) by Sandra Abell and Mark Volkmann. Strategies for incorporating formative and summative assessment into your inquiry-driven instruction. ISBN-13: 978-0-32500-769-4

Slide:ology (book) by Nancy Duarte. Comprehensive resources and tips for creating effective, engaging PowerPoint® slides. ISBN-13: 978-0-596-522346

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1 (book) by Page Keeley. Assessment tools to enhance your teaching by helping you determine students’ knowledge levels in various science topics. ISBN-13: 978-0-87355-255-4

BSCS 5E Instructional Model (website)
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study,

The BSCS 5E Instructional Model (website) by Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. Links to information about how to use the BSCS 5E instructional model, professional development and research resources, and BSCS reports.

Classroom Questioning (downloadable pdf)
Kathleen Cotton, The Annenberg Foundation,

Article focused on classroom questioning strategies, what they are and how they can be used effectively. Includes additional research findings about student outcomes, achievement, retention and participation.

Cooperative Learning (website)
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory,

Cooperative Learning (website) by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Information about models that promote cooperative learning, and how to incorporate them into your classroom lessons.

Methods of Assessment (online article)
William Badders, Education Place, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,

Assessment development requires careful planning, and certain issues must be addressed. Find out more about different assessment formats and how they can aid in measuring student learning.

Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom (online article)
by Patricia Bowers, Education Place, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,

Reading and writing skills are critical to every student’s education. Dr. Bowers explains why and how to strengthen these skills by integrating reading activities into science lessons.

Safety in the Science Classroom (website)
National Science Teachers Association,
Comprehensive information addressing important safety issues in school science labs and classrooms, including specific documents for elementary, middle school and high school laboratories.

Using Trade Books in Teaching Elementary Science (downloadable pdf) 
by Diana C. Rice, PB Works,

Trade books are a valuable resource for educators seeking to incorporate new concepts with old ones. This article provides insight on how to select quality trade books to supplement student learning. 

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