BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science And Literacy: Investigating Heat And Changes In Materials Student Guide
Author(s): Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies-10789
PHYSICAL SCIENCE-Students explore the changes of matter between solid and liquid and liquid and gas by investigating the changes of state of water as it melts, freezes, condenses, and evaporates. Students recognize that these changes do not occur without the addition or removal of heat. Students become aware that heat transfers from one object to another, and that this conduction can cause a change in material state. Students also become aware that not all forms of matter react the same way to heat or loss of heat. Teams of students use everyday items in simple investigations to construct their understanding that matter can exist in different states.
BSCS Science TRACKS includes a comprehensive Student Guide and resource book at every level, 1-5. The Student Guide is not a "read-about-science" book; rather, it serves as a guide to help students learn to do the following things.
- Conduct scientific inquiries within a collaborative team and on their own
- Become more responsible for their own learning
- Manage the hands-on activities themselves
- Structure collaborative learning tasks
- Develop science and technology concepts and skills
- Reflect on their learning and assess their own conceptual and skill development
- Conduct independent inquiries related to questions or topics of personal interest
- Develop skills for reading in the content areas
- Follow and interpret directions
In addition, the Student Guides reinforce components of basic literacy, including shared reading and writing, guided reading and writing, continuous assessment, skills instruction, reading procedural text, listening and speaking skills, journal writing, record keeping, hints and reminders, reading and writing in a social context, and reading and writing in a content area.