From the Back Cover
The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, Grades 612
Strategies, Activities, and Instructional Resources
The Sourcebook for Teaching Science is a unique, comprehensive resource designed to give middle and high school science teachers a wealth of information that will enhance any science curriculum. Filled with innovative tools, dynamic activities, and practical lesson plans that are grounded in theory, research, and national standards, the book offers both new and experienced science teachers powerful strategies and original ideas that will enhance the teaching of physics, chemistry, biology, and the earth and space sciences.
Each section of The Sourcebook for Teaching Science offers experiments, demonstrations, illustrations, games, puzzles, analogies, lessons, activities, and strategies for adapting the material for diverse student populations. Each topic is also supported by extensive background material that provides the scientific, organizational, and teaching principles needed to implement the lessons successfully. In addition, the book offers key information, lessons, and activities that will help students develop scientific literacy, reasoning, understanding, problem solving, and research skills.
The Sourcebook for Teaching Science also incorporates technological resources for teaching and learning science, including a free companion Web site, sciencesourcebook.com.
Praise forThe Sourcebook for Teaching Science
"This book is an excellent resource for every science teacherit provides both theoretical background and practical applications for science concepts in all four major science areas: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science."
Hedy Moscovici, Ph.D., director, Center for Science Teacher Education, and professor, California State University Dominguez Hills
"The Sourcebook for Teaching Science offers specific ways to enhance the curriculum, making it relevant, current, and personal to students. It provides suggestions for meeting the reform visions central to the National Standards, and it personalizes science in ways that provide real learning."
Robert E. Yager, Ph.D. former president of NSTA, NARST, ASTE, SSMA, NABT, and IASTS, and professor emeritus, University of Iowa
"Dr. Herr is the unique amalgam of encyclopedic science knowledge and pedagogical expertise. The Sourcebook for Teaching Science and accompanying Web site represent the perfect combination of accessible resources for all things science education; every science educator should own and use this book."
Andrew Stephens, science teacher, CALS Early College High School, Los Angeles, California
About the Author
Norman Herr, Ph.D., is a professor of science and computer education at California State University, Northridge. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has worked as a scientist, high school science teacher, college science instructor, science education consultant, and director of graduate programs in science education. Dr. Herr is co-author of Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications and Hands-On Chemistry Activities with Real-Life Applications from Jossey-Bass.