Two new additions to Inspiration Software, Inc.’s library of lesson plan books will support teachers as they use InspireData to help students build data analysis skills, and strengthen their critical thinking skills while learning about topics in science and social studies. "InspireData and Science: Question, Analyze and Predict" and "InspireData and Social Studies: Explore, Analyze and Understand" each include 20 easy-to-use lessons for grades 4-12, aligned to national academic standards.
Students use InspireData to investigate, analyze, and represent data and information in dynamic plots and graphs. Students can change variables and plot types so they can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. This encourages them to investigate data analytically, ask more questions, and apply their understanding of the data to form better conclusions and to continue exploration, the announcement states.
Students will use data to learn about the steps of scientific inquiry when teachers use the lessons in "InspireData and Science: Question, Analyze and Predict." Targeted at grades 4-12, the 20 lessons in this new book are aligned to National Science Education Standards. They focus on core content strands, including science as inquiry, the nature of science, physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences. Designed to support science laboratory activities and science instruction using InspireData, these lessons will help students build data collection, analysis and prediction skills while they study topics such as animal longevity, air quality, and the characteristics of stars, the announcement states.
With the lesson plans in "InspireData and Social Studies: Explore, Analyze and Understand," teachers can help students use data to learn important concepts in history, geography, economics, civics, and government. Each lesson includes suggested grade levels, standards alignment, a description, step-by-step instructions, ideas for assessments, and adaptations for differentiating instruction and extending the lesson. Students will use historical and current data to explore topics such as the economics of using credit cards, characteristics of past presidents, and political advances women have made around the world.
Single copies of the lesson plan books are $39.95. School-wide licenses, available in electronic format, are $199. Sample pages from the books can be downloaded at www.inspiration.com/newbooks.
Source: Inspiration Software, Inc., www.inspiration.com