The July 2013 issues of NSTA‘s journals all feature a focus on argumentation and explanation. Explanation and Argumentation are both Practices of Science & Engineering in the new Next Generation Science Standards. These two practices connect nicely with the Common Core Math and ELA Standards and are typically not well understood or implemented in K-12 classrooms.
These journal articles might supply a much needed focus on explanation and argumentation while also providing some tools and resources for our own professional development. I happen to be working on multiple projects this coming year related to explanation and argumentation so I hope to have much to share as the year progresses.
As usual, NSTA provides a few articles for FREE.. see below:
Science & Children (elementary science)
Science Scope (middle school)
- Free - Editor’s Roundtable: Nurturing Argumentation and Discourse
- Free - Turning the Science Classroom Into a Courtroom: Engaging in Argument From Evidence
The Science Teacher (high school)