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Titles appearing in SciTech Book News — September 2010
Arrangement is by title.

45 new force and motion assessment probes.

Keeley, Page and Rand Harrington. (Uncovering student ideas in physical science; v.1)
NSTA Press, 2010    214 p.    $29.95    QC73

The series will provide tools and insights for science teachers who are using, or want to use, formative assessment to measure student learning. Keeley, the senior science program director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and Harrington, who chairs the preK-12 science department at Blake School in Minneapolis, produced an earlier series on formative assessment in science generally, and here narrow their focus to physics. They set out in detail exercises and lessons to learn what students think about force and motion, and using that as a foundation to teach the relevant science. The sections cover describing motion and position; forces and Newton's laws; and mass, weight, gravity, and other topics. Among the lessons are NASCAR racing, lifting buckets, and bicycle gears. (Annotation 2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

More chemistry basics.

Robertson, William C. (Stop faking it!)
NSTA Press, 2010    153 p.    $24.95    QD37

Robertson, a science education writer, employs humor and a conversational style in this overview for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, parents, and home schoolers. The book takes up where Chemistry Basics left off, with a review of fundamentals such as chemical reactions, then expands on ideas discussed in the previous book and introduces new concepts such as special reactions and half lives. Coverage of advanced topics is included because, even though most teachers reading the book may not teach these concepts, understanding them will enhance their teaching. As in other books of the series, readers are asked to do a few simple activities in each chapter before reading explanations of concepts. The book includes humorous b&w illustrations, and the author's sense of humor extends to the 10-page glossary: "Photon: a light particle. Also, the name of a torpedo on Star Trek." (Annotation 2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

Picture-perfect science lessons; using children's books to guide inquiry, 3-6, 2d ed.

Ansberry, Karen Rohrich and Emily Morgan.
NSTA Press, 2010    403 p.    $34.95    LB1585

This book of twenty lesson plans for grades three through six combines children's literature and reading with standards-based science education to provide educators with ready to use units for their science curriculum. Ansberry and Morgan, both former elementary school science teachers and curriculum experts, use thirty-eight children's books as a teaching platform for elementary science education that also reinforce reading and comprehension skills. Including photographs, teacher prompts and hand out materials this work will appeal to elementary school science teachers and education students. (Annotation 2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

Using science notebooks in middle school.

Klentschy, Michael P.
NSTA Press, 2010    232 p.    $29.95    LB1585

After explaining the value of science notebooks in developing reasoning ability and measuring conceptual understanding, this teaching resource walks through each component of a science notebooks model for middle school classroom teachers to use in their classrooms. Annotated student work illustrates the implementation of each component, and demonstrates the instructional strategies progressively learned by students. (Annotation 2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)