Created by Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor, Concept Cartoons have been thoroughly researched in classrooms around the world. Simple cartoon-style drawings present learners with their own misconceptions and generate discussion and argument. They are remarkably easy to use in the classroom as a part of normal teaching.
Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character has a different opinion about science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Learners are invited to join in with the discussion happening in the Concept Cartoon. This can be in the from of a vote, group discussion or class debate. Each Concept Cartoon includes ideas for finding out about the science concept in question.
The book and electronic files contains 120 Concept Cartoons covering the main areas of science. Background text, written in pupil-friendly language, is available for each Concept Cartoon. This suggests possible follow up activities and explains the science behind the different alternatives. A blank speech bubble on each Concept Cartoon encourages learners to add additional ideas.
Set 1 is complimented by Science Concept Cartoons Set 2, created to cover science topics in Key Stage 3 and 4.
Please note: The physical book is in black and white and the Pdf/Powerpoint files are in colour.
Why not also check out Stuart Naylor’s article from ASE’s School Science Review Journal: Talking and thinking using concept cartoons: what have we learnt?
Age Range: 8-14
Format: Paperback or Pdf/Powerpoint files
Authors: Stuart Naylor & Brenda Keogh