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Science Detective® Beginning

Higher-Order Thinking • Reading • Writing in Science

Grades: 3-4

Subject(s): Science

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Description & Features

The mind-building lessons and activities in this 112-page book teach topics and skills drawn from state and national science standards to prepare students for more advanced science courses and new assessments that measure reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing in science.

Students read lessons that include a variety of charts, tables, and graphs. Then they answer critical thinking questions to improve their understanding of the science concepts and develop their reading comprehension, inferential and deductive thinking skills. Students can't just scan the story for answers—they must carefully analyze and synthesize the information from the text, charts, tables, and graphs to explain and support their answers.

Many questions in this book ask students to use complete sentences to explain their thinking. The ability to express their thoughts—supported by evidence—in writing, is not only important in science assessment, it is essential when communicating with other people in school and work. It also promotes better understanding of the concepts being studied. The questions in Science Detective® Beginning are modeled after questions found on science assessments but require more critical thinking. There is a growing trend to evaluate responses to open-ended questions in the context of logical reasoning, and many science students score poorly on these test items. The carefully designed questions in this book will not only develop thinking, reading, and writing skills, but will also familiarize your students with questions found on contemporary science assessments.

Teaching Support
Includes teacher and student introductions, a chart of topics and key ideas to help select activities, and detailed answers.

Concepts covered in Science Detective® Beginning include:

Physical Science
     •  Physical Properties: Observing, Measuring
     •  Change of Phase
     •  States/Classification of Matter
     •  Position, Distance, Motion
     •  Pushing, Pulling Forces

     •  Sound, Hearing, Force
     •  Light:  Reflection, Refraction
     •  Heat:  Sources, Conduction
     •  Electricity, Circuits/Symbols
     •  Magnetism, Electromagnetism

Life Science
     •  Animals, Plants, Environment
     •  Instincts, Behavior
     •  Plant, Animal Cells
     •  Plant Structure, Function, Survival
     •  Animals, Plants, Energy


     •  Animal Needs, Behavior
     •  The Five Senses, Survival
     •  Life Cycles: Plants, Animals
     •  Heredity
     •  Environment, Change

Earth Science
     •  Earth Science, Earth Materials
     •  Minerals, Soils, Rocks
     •  Objects in the Sky/The Sun
     •  Changes to Earth's Surface


     •  Atmosphere, Weather
     •  Measuring Temperature, Air Pressure, Humidity
     •  Motion of Objects in the Universe

Product Details

Item#: 05001BBP
Author(s): Stephen David Fischer and Joseph Caroll
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 0-89455-834-X
ISBN–13: 978-0-89455-834-4
Pages: 112, perforated

Awards

Christian School Products Magazine Top Products 2008 Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching

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"A unique product that provides solid science content in a format that emphasizes critical reading and thinking skills. The scoring rubric is a nice feature that I use to measure the success of my students." - Tim, Seaside, CA
"A thorough look at the world of science. I love it. I think it’s terrific!" - Byron, Teacher, Setauket, NY

Test preparation available for the following:

Science Detective® guarantees top performance on assessment tests, including:

TerraNova (CTBS), TerraNova, the Second Edition (CAT/6)
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Kansas State Assessments
Palmetto Assessment Challenge Test (PACT)
Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT8)
Maryland School Assessment (MSA)
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
Colorado Standard and Assessment Program (CSAP)
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)
Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)
Ohio Achievement Tests
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™)
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)
Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
and many more!