Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science

Interested in teaching your students how to make and support their science explanations in the classroom? We’ve got just the thing. The newest books in the Argument-Driven Inquiry Series from NSTA Press is here.

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8 and the accompanying student manual offer 22 labs that align with the recommendations of A Framework for K-12 Science Education, as well as the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

The labs provide students with the independence to investigate, analyze, and determine a conclusion. Labs include “Mass and Motion: How Do Changes in the Mass of an Object Affect Its Motion?” In the lab, students will study the motion of a pull cart to investigate what makes a system stable and what causes changes within a system, and then draw conclusions from patterns they observe.

The lab “Kinetic Energy: How Do the Mass and Velocity of an Object Affect Its Kinetic Energy?” asks students to use what they know about force and motion, patterns, and causal relationships to design and carry out an investigation and create a mathematical model explaining the relationship between mass, velocity, and force of impact.

With the argument-driven inquiry model students are asked to give presentations to their peers; respond to questions; and write, evaluate, and revise reports as part of each lab. The model is designed to be thought-provoking and multi-layered. Students must identify the task and guiding question, design a method and collect data, analyze data to develop an argument, and more.

“Each of the eight stages in the argument-driven inquiry instructional model is designed to ensure that the experience is authentic (students have an opportunity to engage in the practices of science) and educative (students receive the feedback and explicit guidance that they need to improve on each aspect of science proficiency),” the authors write in the first chapter.

Check out the free sample lab “Potential Energy: How Can You Make an Action Figure Jump Higher?” from Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8 by Jonathon Grooms, Patrick J. Enderle, Todd Hutner, Ashley Murphy, and Victor Sampson.

You can also get the accompanying student lab manual for grades 6-8 here. Explore other books in the Argument-Driven Inquiry Series, including volumes focused on life science, biology, and chemistry.

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7 Responses to Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science

  1. Marsha Ratzel says:

    I don’t understand how the book I bought which is Argument-Driven Inquiry in PS: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8 is different from the student lab manual. Do you have to end up buying both in order to use these? thanks for your help because these look terrific.

  2. Claire Reinburg says:

    Hi, Marsha,
    You have all you need in the teacher book (“Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physical Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8”). We created separate Student Lab Manuals for teachers/schools who wanted a student version that contained just the student pages. All the pages of the Student Lab Manual are included in your book, though, so you’re all set with the full materials. Hope this is helpful, and best wishes!

  3. Marsha Ratzel says:

    Thanks for your answer. I will admit that I was hoping that there might have been digitial files of the forms in the lab manual. Selfishly, the copy quality isn’t super good and I would have loved to have a clean digital copy. I can retype them though.
    I’m super excited to use these and can see all the thinking and work that has been invested.

  4. Claire Reinburg says:

    We’ve got you covered on those digital versions of the forms! You can find them in PDF here

  5. Marsha Ratzel says:

    Oh my gosh…that’s exactly what I needed. I realize I’ve gotten “lazy” and dependent on digital copies of things for making the student copies. Yet I still love having the physical print version of the book because I highlight and put little post-it flags on different pages.
    Thank you so much.

  6. Ninan says:

    Will there be a version of this for High School Physical Science coming out anytime soon?

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