The SENSE-ational Science Behind How We Discover the World Around Us : Inquiry-Based Science Lessons for Advanced and Gifted Students in Grades 4-5 book cover
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The SENSE-ational Science Behind How We Discover the World Around Us
Inquiry-Based Science Lessons for Advanced and Gifted Students in Grades 4-5




ISBN 9781032379104
Published December 13, 2022 by Routledge
172 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Embark on a journey of discovery by connecting with the five senses in this 30-lesson interdisciplinary science unit geared toward the fourth and fifth grade.

Students will use their senses as a springboard to explore advanced concepts such as the science behind cooking, optical illusions, musical instruments, and more. They will learn to distinguish between physical and chemical changes, describe the movement of sound waves, classify optical illusions, and evaluate the validity of their discoveries through unique problem-based learning tasks. Featuring detailed teacher instructions, daily reflection activities, and reproducible handouts, this unit makes it easy for teachers to adjust the rigor of learning tasks based on students’ interests and needs.

Aligned with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards, both gifted and non-gifted teachers alike will find this unit engaging, effective, and highly adaptable.

Table of Contents

Detailed Description of Unit  Part 1: The Chemistry of Cooking  Lesson 1: Defining Discovery  Lesson 2: What Matters About Matter  Lesson 3: Doing the Neutron Dance  Lesson 4: A Tsunami of Umami  Lesson 5: Finding Fake Foods  Lesson 6: You Smell Like a Wolf  Lesson 7: Mixing Up Mixtures and Compounds  Lesson 8: An Appetite for Acids  Lesson 9: Creating A Chemical Change  Lesson 10: A Nose In Need  Part 2: The Physics of Sound  Lesson 11: Verifying Vibrations  Lesson 12: Buzzing with Excitement  Lesson 13: How Low Can You Go?  Lesson 14: Pinna Predictions  Lesson 15: Composing for a Cup Concert  Lesson 16: A Decibel Dilemma  Lesson 17: The Noise Pollution Problem  Part 3: The Physiology of Optical Illusions  Lesson 18: Confusion in Our Cranium  Lesson 19: The 3D Experience  Lesson 20: Do My Eyes Deceive Me?  Lesson 21: Entering the Eye  Lesson 22: Seeking the Summit  Part 4: The Neurobiology of Our Skin  Lesson 23: It’s Tickle Time  Lesson 24: Feeling Our Way Through Life  Lesson 25: Sunscreen Showdown  Lesson 26: Advice for a King  Part 5: Putting It All Together  Lesson 27: A Surprise in the Mail  Lesson 28: Return to Sender  Lesson 29: Feedback from a Friend  Lesson 30: A Senses Send-Off  Master Materials List  About the Author  Common Core State Standards Alignment  Next Generation Science Standards Alignment

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Biography

Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D., is an experienced educator of 25 years and a passionate advocate for gifted education.