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Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

By Kirsten Daehler, Jennifer Folsom, Mayumi Shinohara


AEP Finalist

Published in Collaboration with NSTA Press.

Proven through more than a decade of rigorous research to be effective with both teachers and students, Making Sense of SCIENCE helps teachers gain a deep and enduring understanding of tricky science topics, think and reason scientifically, and support content literacy in science, thereby increasing student achievement.

The materials presented in this book help teachers gain a solid understanding of tough science concepts and common misconceptions, support productive and worthwhile professional learning communities, and prepare teachers to implement standards-based science curriculum. Topics are central to the Next Generation Science Framework and aligned with the Common Core State Standards in literacy.

This book guides teachers through investigations of energy, potential energy, heat energy, conservation of energy, and energy in ecosystems, and features:

  • Hands-on experiments with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations
  • Clear explanations of tough science concepts
  • Examples of classic misconceptions
  • A bank of formative assessments
  • A CD containing reproducible black line masters
  • A guided protocol for evaluating student work in professional learning communities

Note: The complete Making Sense of SCIENCE for Teachers of Grades 6-8 professional development package contains the Teacher Book, plus a Facilitator Guide and additional CD. The Facilitator Guide includes extensive support materials and detailed procedures that allow science educators and staff developers to successfully lead a Making Sense of SCIENCE course for teacher learning.

Also available as part of this course is a set of wall charts that serve as a focal point for teacher learning during the course.

Facilitation Academies, designed to prepare staff developers, district science leaders, and other teacher educators to effectively lead Making Sense of SCIENCE courses, are also available.

Teacher Courses offer five days of engaging and worthwhile learning that help teachers implement science and literacy standards and have been proven to boost student achievement in science.

Visit the Making Sense of SCIENCE website for more information about Making Sense of SCIENCE for Teachers professional development books and Facilitation Academies.


Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-914409-86-1
Copyright: 2011
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 440
Publisher: WestEd

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Praise for this Resource

  • “What more could you ask for in a professional development experience? I learned new ways to get kids talking about science in a rich way, ways to analyze student work, and ways to improve my lessons. I also came face to face with some of my own science misconceptions. My teaching practice is changed forever.”

    Vicki Baker, National Board Certified teacher, Union City, CA
  • Making Sense of SCIENCE is phenomenal. We’ve learned so much about science, literacy, and facilitation during their academies, and as a result our science teachers have grown tremendously. The work has been instrumental in improving student achievement in our district.”

    Kathy Huncosky and Lesli Taschwer, science instructional resource teachers, Madison, WI