Engaging in Argument From Evidence

Short overview of Practice 7 Classroom teacher Paul Anderson gives a short overview of Practice 7.

NSTA Webinar This webinar uses Blackboard Collaborate when playing. It will not harm your computer. If your computer prompts you, you will need to "accept" to allow playback. This webinar was created before the final version of NGSS was available. However, the information presented is still pertinent and accurate.

Download the free copy Ready, Set, Science!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. An excellent example of early elementary students engaging in argument (scientific discourse) from evidence is described on pages 9-15. Additionally, you may want to read pages 6-8 to see how our understanding of children's capacity for scientific understanding has changed. Lastly, please read chapter 5 and pay special attention to pages 88-91. Pages 95-96 focus on classroom norms, which are necessary for productive conversation and argumentation.

PDF DocumentTalk Science Primer This short publication guides classroom teachers through the process of classroom discussions (argumentation). It includes helpful "talk moves" that teachers can use to make student conversations productive. The "talk moves" are listed on page 11 and an excellent elementary classroom example is given, starting on page 12.

The Inquiry Project is a research and curriculum development effort that engages students in grades 3-5 in science inquiry about the nature of matter. In Inquiry Project classrooms, children work collaboratively with their classmates and teachers, using measurement, mathematical and graphical representations, and discussion to build scientific explanations about objects and materials in the world around them.