Get your students excited about science and math!

Are your lessons falling on unengaged ears? Maybe it's time to mix things up! John Almarode and Ann Miller provide numerous strategies and a model for developing engaging science and math lessons and units that captivate students, activate prior knowledge, and invigorate student interest by making lessons rigorous and relevant. Based on the latest brain research, this book includes: -Content-specific lessons plans and strategies for middle and secondary school teachers; -Useful forms and supplements for each strategy; -Examples across all areas of middle and high school math and science, including physics, algebra, and chemistry; -Lesson plan templates to get you started

Building Background Knowledge

Building background knowledge

Background knowledge can be described as the essential information or key ingredients needed in order to understand the content or learning. What students already know about the content—their background knowledge—is one of the strongest predictors of how well they will assimilate the new information related to that content (Alexander, Kulikowich, & Jetton, 1994, 1995; Boulanger, 1981; Duncan et al., 2007; Fennema, Franke, Carpenter, & Carey, 1993; La Paro & Pianta, 2000; Pilburn, 1993; Pressley, Harris, & Marks, 1992; Samson, Graue, Weinstein, & Walberg, 1984; Schneider, 1993; Schuler, Funke, & Baron-Boldt, 1990; Spires & Donley, 1998; Tobias, 1994). Enhancing a student's background knowledge should be a top consideration when discussing methods of intervention used to raise student achievement (Baniflower, Cohen, Pasley, ...

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