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Nurturing Inquiry Real Science for the Elementary Classroom

ISBN-10: 0325001359
ISBN-13: 9780325001357
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $30.63
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.902

[This is] a truly inspiring and creative book that I plan to share with colleagues and students. - Science Books ; Films Every day children make astounding scientific discoveries. The playpen, sandbox, backyard, and playground are their laboratories. What, then, can we offer these young scientists who have spent their lifetimes acquiring knowledge through their own investigations? What experiences can we provide to enhance the growth of the scientist within each child? Charles Pearce found the answers and shares his discoveries in Nurturing Inquiry.The book offers a tour of Pearce's inquiry science classroom, where students are given daily opportunities to do what they do best: investigate, explore, and discover, using their own questions, curiosities, and interests. Nurturing Inquiryprovides all the information you need to incorporate inquiry into your curriculum. Part I is a detailed account of how Pearce prepares his classroom, his students, and himself for the introduction of inquiry. In Part II, Pearce explains how to sustain interest throughout the school year by giving students more and more ownership in their investigations both within and beyond the classroom. Part III includes ideas to help you meet the particular challenges of assessing inquiry and offers examples of various assessment instruments, including surveys, checklists, and dialogue journals. Replete with practical ideas for materials, activities, and strategies, Nurturing Inquiryis the perfect resource for teachers looking to create a community of scientists in their classroom. But it is much more than a how-to manual - it is also an inspiring look at the reflection, choices, and values that shape the practice of a highly successful teacher.

Charles Pearce is a classroom teacher who works with ESIP at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Pearce, a long-time classroom teacher, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Wendy Saul, Professor of Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is Director of the National Science Foundation-supported Elementary Science Integration Projects (ESIP). She is the originator of Search It! Science, an online resource available from Heinemann. She also serves as editor of "Thinking Classroom: An International Journal of Reading, Writing and Critical Reflection."

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Lighting the Fire: Getting Inquiry Under Way
Inquiry: The Next Frontier
Inquiry in Action: Life on Mars?
Getting Started
Inquiry in Action: First Day-Discoveries
Our First Inquiry Period
Discovery Boxes
Outdoor Education
Inquiry in Action: The Search for a Natural Antibiotic
Tending the Fire: Sustaining Inquiry Throughout the Year
Using the Established Curriculum
The Language Connection
Additional Inquiry Enhancements
Inquiry in Action: The Manchester Fly
The Kids' Inquiry Conference
Assessment
Tools for Assessment
Afterthought
References and Resources
Index

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