Using science to develop thinking skills at Key Stage 3: materials for gifted children
This book presents a series of practical activities designed to help teachers build an effective science curriculum for more able children. It focuses on: developing higher order thinking skills using conceptual language; directed activities relating to text for developing higher order skills; and in-depth study topics that emphasize a "real product" outcome.
Activities range from short discussion topics and problems to solve, to whole-day masterclasses. Topics covered include: context enrichment - by team research/discussion and by visit plus follow-up work; general and science-based thinking activities; thinking tools - including zones of relevance; effective organization of information - herring bone diagrams, flow charts, flash cards; argument mapping; analysis and interpretation of data; modeling and using spreadsheets; and science writing activities.
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