by Rae Harris and Elizabeth Duncan
Explorations in Science is designed to help teachers in 3rd though 6th grade classrooms differentiate instruction for students who quickly master grade level material. It makes independent activities easily available to use in the mixed-ability classroom and includes supplementary materials that support the implementation of the projects in the classroom.
Each two-page Exploration provides students an opportunity to dig deeply into an interesting extension topic tied to national standards. Thoughtful, rigorous “Important Questions” direct the study and are incorporated into the project. Each Exploration guides the student through the research process and project completion. The book is divided into three sections- Earth Science Explorations, Life Science Explorations, and Physical Science Explorations. See the Table of Contents in the sample pages for more specific topics. Reproducible pages are provided for student use. They include Directions, Expectations, a Work Log, a Research Log, and an Evaluation Rubric to guide the student.