Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities
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Super Smart Science provides just the answer teachers need for engaging students in science activities. Emphasis on science skills is increasing in schools across the nation, and teachers can use the 180 days' worth of activities, critical thinking challenges, and mini-experiments in this book to draw their students into the fun of science learning.
The real-world science activities in this book focus on the nature of science, life science, Earth science, and physical science. Super Smart Science makes science exciting for all students by introducing them to the scientific properties all around them. This book is perfect for any teacher looking to increase enthusiasm, grab students' attention, and impart lasting lessons on scientific concepts.
Review by: Catherine Macaulay, Roeper Review - September 1, 2007
Super Smart Science contains science challenges, based on the National Science Standards and centered on the areas of the nature of science, life science, and earth science. This book consists of 180 challenges aimed at fifth through eighth grade students and is meant to correspond with a typical 180-day school year. Each day has three components: "Thought for the Day," a quote related to the field of science, "Cool Fact," information or trivia usually related to the activity or teaser, and "Activity or Teaser," a short experiment, brain-teaser, or critical thinking puzzle to spur student thinking. Every teaser or puzzle also has a solution for the teacher's reference. The activities and teasers can be single day challenges, or they may require a few minutes on consecutive days. Colleen Kessler is a gifted intervention specialist for students in grades 2 and 3 in Ohio. Kessler received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Cleveland State University and holds a master's degree in gifted education from Kent State University. Kessler has created a book meant to challenge fifth through eighth students. Her background in gifted education shines through in the teasers and activities which are written in a way that evoke critical thinking and analyses of scientific information.
Overall, Super Smart Science is valuable resource for science teachers of grades 5–9 advanced learners. The variety of warm-up activities and experiments in this book help students connect science to their lives in a format that is both interesting and challenging. Once you make Kessler's book your own, it will generate interest and enthusiasm, while fostering high-level, creative thinking opportunities for your science students.
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