Science Instruction in Oregon and Washington

A RECENT REPORT INDICATES THAT SCIENCE INSTRUCTION IN CALIFORNIA IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

I am sorry to report that in the dozens of Oregon schools I have visited in the past four years, the actual teaching of science in grades K-5 is not a lot different from that reported in California. Grades K-2 rarely reported . . . → Read More: Science Instruction in Oregon and Washington

What’s Worth Knowing, and What Role Can Inquiry Play? (Notes for Wenatchee Keynote)

To answer the question in the title, we will examine some of the major societal trends and the educational needs created if these trends continue into the future. A brief look at the domains of learning will be followed by a review of what we know about how we learn and some models that . . . → Read More: What’s Worth Knowing, and What Role Can Inquiry Play? (Notes for Wenatchee Keynote)

Performance Assessment Activity #1

Scientific Inquiry Performance Task

Brief Overview of Task:

Students will use the property of paper to absorb liquids and to transmit the liquid along a strip at different rates depending on the liquid, the type of paper, and other variables. For young students the teacher will set up the experiments with student activity . . . → Read More: Performance Assessment Activity #1

Science Inquiry Student Investigation Form

As part of a science inquiry performance task, students are asked to provide information regarding various aspects of the process. Here is a form used by participants in the Central Oregon Eisenhower Consortium Summer 2001 Workshop. It can be used across a wide range of grade levels and for all science inquiry topics.

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Invention

INVENTION! By Dr. Bob Valiant

Children are great inventors. They have not developed the inhibitions that restrict many of us from exploring far-out ideas and novel solutions. The trick is to come up with ideas for what to invent and then to organize for possible solutions. Here are some ideas for the teacher and . . . → Read More: Invention

How Surface Area Affects Evaporation

Scientific Inquiry Performance Tasks Task Author: Judy T. Sweeney Task Title: How Surface Area Affects Evaporation Grade Level: 3 Foss Kit Title Water Activity #3 Earth/Space Science Grade3 benchmark Brief Overview of Task: Students will design an investigation exploring how surface area affects evaporation.

Targeted Benchmark: Identify and describe examples of change over . . . → Read More: How Surface Area Affects Evaporation

The Pendulum

The Pendulum Scientific Inquiry Performance Task – Author: Scott Coles/Madras High School Science Department CIM Benchmark/Physical Science

Brief overview of task: Utilizing a pendulum (supports, strings & bobs), students will design and execute an investigation to answer the following question… What factor(s) determine(s) the period of a pendulum?

Targeted benchmark(s): 1.) Design . . . → Read More: The Pendulum