And, as we all know, there is a huge push for providing evidence. Every time I remind my students to explain how they know, they might say I sound like a broken record (if they knew what a broken record was...)
Me: Providing evidence means can't just tell me the answer, you have to...Ah, music to this teacher's ears!
My Rockstar Firsties: PROVE IT!
This is where my idea of science "Prove-Its" came from.
Students are given a scenario and they must prove their answer! My students' favorites were some of the prompts that included misconceptions, such as the example below. They loved explaining to their "sister" why she was so wrong!
I really saw a difference when it was time for our summative assessment. Students performed exceedingly well because they weren't just memorizing facts and answers; they knew the why and how behind them!
Writing + Evidence + NGSS Science + Higher-Level Thinking = WIN! Check them out in my store and let me know what you think!