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The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, Grades 6-12: Strategies, Activities, and Instructional Resources 1st Edition

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The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, Grades 6–12

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 teacher—it 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787972983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787972981
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own a lot of "teaching" books. I have never had a book that had so much content that I could actually benefit from right away. This book is divided in such away to actually allow you to TEACH the most meaningful scientific processes that kids will need in all areas of science. It also has tons of cool experiments divided into the major science themes that kids will love that demonstrate these fundamental science concepts (induction vs deduction, indirect evidence to come to a conclusion, etc). It is FANTASTIC. You can teach content while teaching meaningful science techniques and skills.
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What a great book! I've been teaching science for 19 years and don't remember a sourcebook that is as complete as this one. Old ideas and methods are revised and reviewed and new ideas are introduced and evaluated.
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Very resourceful for all types of science subjects. Interchangable activities, very, very useful. Out of all the science subject sourcebooks I have purchased, this has been, by far the best and most useful.
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I've been teaching high school chemistry for 20+ years. I bought this book as a gift for a recent college graduate. When I received the book and looked it over it had tons of information I thought was useful. I ordered one for myself.
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Who in the world are these people reviewing this book? Must NOT be teachers or all the reviews come from the author of this book! This it the biggest pile of crap I have ever purchased in my life. What a complete waste of my money. Are you kidding me? A section on how to play the game MasterMind? How in the world is this helpful for the science classroom. Instead of giving you clear-cut proven ways of teaching science it analyzes things like "inductive reasoning, lateral thinking, etc" A section on misconceptions in Biology? Cold weather causes the flu? People use only 10% of the brain? Are you kidding me? This is practical application for teachers struggling to get lessons together? I am just overwhelmed at how pathetic this book is. And I just love the section on advance organizers it tells me what a Venn Diagram is and a Flow Chart is in extreme detail? I think any teacher in their right mind knows what they are, how about some Diagrams made and ready to use by teachers for crying out loud. The Chart with the Domains of Various Biological Disciplines was really enlightening-- showing for example that ANATOMY deals with organelles, tissues, organs, while the Biochemistry subject of science deals with molecules. (So glad you cleared that one up for me!) The memory techniques in extreme detail made me feel like I was sitting in a psychiatry class (maintenance rehearsal technique, chunking technique, multiple modalities technique, semantic depth technique, acronyms technique, acrostics technique, transfer appropriateness technique, discrepant scenes and event technique, retrieval practice technique.) There are absolutely no practical applications given for any of these memory techniques, just what they are in extreme technical detail! ANYWAY I COULD GO ON AND ON but will let it go.Read more ›
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I bought this book initially because I was looking for more resourses that I could use to help teach my daughter the subject of science. But I dicovered, that just what I'm currently using for her is enough for now. Don't get me wrong...this book does offer a wealth of information, that I'm sure will become more helpful as she gets older, and enters her high school years. This book is more set up for a school teacher. so, if you know a Science teacher, who happens to be teaching grades 6-12...this would be a very useful tool for them. In any rate...I'm not giving up on the book. It's a real nice book...well worth the unbelievable price that Amazon asks for! :)
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By Otis on January 10, 2012
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This book is a good resource book. I cut it and spiral bound the book. Works much better. Take the time to really look thru the whole book.. good stuff. Good for the high school or middle school teacher.
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This book is a great resource for reviewing content, but there are no reproducible activities, which was a disappointment. I usually like this publisher, but this book is not my favorite.
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