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“Arguing from Evidence in Middle School Science is filled with easy, fun ideas for incorporating many of the Next Generation Science Standards into any science class. Every step—from establishing class norms to evaluating completed student work—is covered in detail and will help teachers set their room up as a place of thoughtful and constructive questioning and argumentation.”
“This research-based resource includes activities that make it easy for teachers to incorporate argumentation into their science classrooms. It will get your students actively engaged in meaningful discussions—and help them develop the skills they need to truly engage in the practice of argumentation in science.”
“This book provides both the background and ‘baby steps’ needed to integrate argumentation into the science classroom, and it provides clear lessons to engage students in critical thinking. Each lesson is presented with consistency, scaffolding the student experience from beginning suggestions, to getting students to make claims, to having them provide evidence to support their claims.”
As the book was published in the USA, the curriculum links in the book are to the Next Generation Science Standards,and several activities from the life sciences section are based on US case studies.However, UK teachers should find it simple to ‘translate’appropriately for their context.I recommend this book to any secondary science teacher who is interested in developing pupils’ scientific thinking and understanding of science concepts.