In Queens, N.Y., Maria Katsanos' 3rd grade class conducts scientific explanations through the "KLEWS" strategy—identifying what students already know, what they're going to learn, the evidence, their wonderings, and scientific words and concepts.
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October 11, 2017
William Leou, a 6th grade science teacher at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, uses an organizational worksheet to help students draw arguments from evidence.
September 06, 2017
A middle school teacher in the Bronx neighborhood of New York shows her students how to take an engineering approach to problem-solving to better evaluate methods and outcomes.
July 19, 2017
Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares how her students develop argumentation skills with the use of scientific modeling.
June 28, 2017
Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares six principles for helping young students understand scientific argumentation.
June 07, 2017
Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares how her students use graphic organizers to evaluate evidence. Students draw from multiple sources, including experiments and personal experience, to support their claims.
February 15, 2017
Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, prepares English-language learners as they investigate living organisms by having them practice using academic language with their peers. Students work individually and then in pairs to make shared claims about variations found in their research on the plants and animals.
January 25, 2017
Antoinette Pippin, a 5th grade teacher at the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Junior Science Center School in Los Angeles, utilizes artwork to teach students about sustainable ecosystems. Students compare and contrast scientific and artistic characteristics to make claims about the health of an ecosystem and to explore the balance found in nature and art.
October 26, 2016
Fallon King, a 2nd grade teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary in Burien, Wash., and Kaia Tomokiyo, a kindergarten teacher at Southern Heights Elementary in Seattle, have students share their scientific ideas in whole-class discussions. Students can add on to each other's ideas and or present new ideas to share different thinking models.