Using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning Framework

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Prompted from listener feedback, we welcome Dr. Kate McNeill and Dr. Joe Krajcik to the show.  As authors of Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science, Kate and Joe join us to talk about using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning (CER) framework as a method to guide students towards explanations in science.  Listen to the show to understand what CER is (and what it isn’t) and how you might use it in your science instruction.


Dr. Kate McNeill and Dr. Joe Krajcik


Featured Image Courtesy of Dr. Kate McNeill


  • Patty McGinnis

    I really enjoyed listening to Dr. McNeill and Dr. Krajcik—their book has changed the way I approach thinking and writing in the science classroom. It provides a great framework for incorporating argumentation and has helped me to increase the level of critical thinking that I expect from my students.

  • Kathy Renfrew

    I would like to get a more elementary perspective on CER.

    Carla Zembal-Saul , main author of What’s the Evidence? Constructing Explanations in K-5 Science Classrooms would be an awesome guest.

    Kate is one of the authors of the above book.

    Carla is awesome !. She is one of developers & presenters of the Teaching NGSS in Elementary School for NSTA.