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Inquiry-Based Science Activities in Grades 6-12

Meeting the NGSS, 1st Edition

By Patrick Brown, James Concannon


124 pages | 72 B/W Illus.

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This new book shows middle and high school science teachers how to use evidence-based inquiry to help students achieve deeper conceptual understanding. Drawing on a wealth of research, authors Pat Brown and Jim Concannon demonstrate how direct, hands-on experience in the science classroom can enable your students to become more self-reliant learners. They also provide a plethora of model lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and offer advice on how to create your own lesson plans and activities to satisfy the demands of your curriculum. With the resources in this book, you and your students will be able to ditch the textbook and embark upon an exciting and rewarding journey to scientific discovery.



"This resource is an informative, thought-provoking read, and it’s essential for anyone serious about understanding the science education research that supports the NGSS."

—Victoria May, Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

"I like the way Brown and Concannon articulate the importance and usefulness of evidence-based inquiry for teachers and students. Their emphasis on 'understanding from experiences' is refreshingly reminiscent of John Dewey and the need to not only have a child’s experience at the center of our teaching but to also showcase the importance of 'Science as method' not just as subject matter. This book is very useful for teachers as they work to engage learners in science by 'providing students with immediate experiences to form accurate understandings'."

—Robert W. Blake, Jr. Professor and Chair, Towson University

Table of Contents


Meet the Authors


Chapter 1: What are the features of evidence-driven inquiry?

Chapter 2: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Chapter 3: How Thin Is Tin Foil?

Chapter 4: An Interdisciplinary Theme

Chapter 5: Students’ Use of the PSOE Model to Understand Weather and Climate

Chapter 6: Teaching Bernoulli’s Principle through Demos

Chapter 7: Gravity Is Easy to Understand, Right? The Difference between Calculating and Comprehending

Chapter 8: Students Investigations in Temperature and Pressure

Chapter 9: 2-Liter Bottles and Botanical Gardens: Using Inquiry to Learn Ecology

Chapter 10: Students Conceptualizing Transcription and Translation from a Cellular Perspective

Chapter 11: Are You Teaching Your Students about Stem Cells?

Chapter 12: Transforming Osmosis: Labs to Address Standards for Inquiry

Chapter 13: Lessons Learned


About the Authors

Dr. Patrick Brown,PhDis the STEM coordinator for the Fort Zumwalt School District in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Dr. James Concannon, PhDis a science teacher educator at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Guidance & Orientation
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Professional Development