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From the Publisher"A good elementary science teacher traverses a wide spectrum of science each year. While the content may be introductory, the breadth of science can be a challenge for anyone in the science community. The temptations for teachers can be to give up in despair and cherry-pick only those science topics with which the teacher is comfortable. Jeffrey W. Bloom has instead used the well founded notion of ‘key ideas’ to bring organization and economy to the breadth of science, and then linked those ideas to school grade levels as per the National Science Education Standards—-all without dumbing down the content. I would expect any K-8 teacher of science to find this aptly-titled book of immediate value for the planning of grade appropriate science lessons without sacrificing rigor."
—Bill Cobern, Professor of Biological Sciences and Science Education, Director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University
"Whether you are trying to answer the query of a child or just refresh your knowledge, this book provides a useful portal to science concepts and terminology. Written in concise language, with helpful diagrams, Jeffrey W. Bloom presents solid overviews of the most commonly encountered school science topics. Such a wealth of information gathered into one easily accessible place will make this an indispensible reference for the serious teacher of elementary science."
—Bernard Ricca, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Saint John Fisher College