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Science Detective®

Higher-Order Thinking • Reading • Writing in Science

Grades: 3-6

Subject(s): Science

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Science Detective®

The mind-building lessons and activities in these books 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 and 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 these books 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® 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 in these books 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® include:

Beginning
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

 

A1
Physical Science
     •  Measuring Matter:  Mass, Volume, and Density
     •  Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
     •  Physical and Chemical Changes in Matter
     •  Atoms, Elements, and Compounds
     •  Chemicals:  Helpful and Harmful
     •  Kinetic and Potential Energy
     •  Force and Motion
     •  Simple Machines:  Inclined Plane, Lever, Machines, and Work


     •  Simple Machines:  Wheel-and-Axle and Pulley
     •  Thermal Energy
     •  Sound and Light Energy
     •  Static Electricity
     •  Circuits
     •  Electromagnets
     •  Electric Energy
     •  Energy Sources and Conversion

Life Science
     •  Cells
     •  Cell Parts and Functions
     •  Reproduction and Growth of Cells
     •  Genetics
     •  DNA
     •  Uses of Genetics
     •  Skeletal and Muscular Systems
     •  Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
     •  Nervous System


     •  Digestive System
     •  Reproductive System
     •  Classification of Organisms
     •  Function of Plant Parts
     •  Reproduction in Plants
     •  Invertebrates
     •  Vertebrates
     •  Earth's Biomes
     •  Ecosystems

Earth Science
     •  Plate Tectonics:  Mountains, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes
     •  Rock Cycle, Erosion, and Deposition
     •  Properties of Rocks and Minerals
     •  Geological Time
     •  Natural Resources
     •  Ocean Exploration

     •  Ocean Resources
     •  Earth, Moon, and Sun
     •  Weather:  Measurement, Causes, and Changes
     •  Classification of the Sun and Other Stars
     •  Inner and Outer Solar System


Books or Software?
Choose one or the other. Whichever one you choose, you can't go wrong. Please note that the software does not have questions that require writing. Review the features listed below for additional benefits offered by the software.

Software/App Features
     - Includes 41-45 activities per app
     - Multi-user login (Win only)
     - Single-user login (App versions)

     - Self-tutoring: detailed instructions, hints, and explanations of answers
     - Saves students progress
     - Printable student scores (Win only)

     - Progress/Award certificates

Important Note: The software versions are for Windows® operating system only at this time (iPad versions are also available). See individual product's System Requirements for more details.

Item No. Title Grade Type Price Qty
Books
05001BBP Science Detective® Beginning 3-4 Paperback Book
price $19.99
05002BBP Science Detective® A1 5-6 Paperback Book
price $21.99
eBooks
05060BEP Science Detective® Beginning - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 3-4 eBook
price $19.99
05061BEP Science Detective® A1 - eBook (WINDOWS ONLY) 5-6 eBook
price $21.99
Win Software
05041SDH Science Detective® Beginning Software - 2-PCs Windows Download 3-4 Win Download
price $17.99
05041SDI Science Detective® Beginning Software - 6-PCs Windows Download 3-4 Win Download
price $35.99
05042SDH Science Detective® A1 Software - 2-PCs Windows Download 5-6 Win Download
price $19.99
05042SDI Science Detective® A1 Software - 6-PCs Windows Download 5-6 Win Download
price $39.99
iOS App
05041HDJ Science Detective® Beginning App for iPad 3-4 Tablet App
05042HDJ Science Detective® A1 App for iPad 5-6 Tablet App
Android App
05041HDG Science Detective® Beginning App for Android Tablet 3-4 Tablet App
05042HDG Science Detective® A1 App for Android Tablet 5-6 Tablet App
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