Science Essentials, Elementary Level: Lessons and Activities for Test Preparation

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Science Essentials Elementary Level gives classroom teachers and science specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. Science Essentials are also available from Jossey-Bass publishers at the Middle School and High School Levels.

You’ll find the lessons and activities at each level actively engage students in learning about the natural and technological world in which we live by encouraging them to use their senses and intuitive ...

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Overview

Science Essentials Elementary Level gives classroom teachers and science specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. Science Essentials are also available from Jossey-Bass publishers at the Middle School and High School Levels.

You’ll find the lessons and activities at each level actively engage students in learning about the natural and technological world in which we live by encouraging them to use their senses and intuitive abilities on the road to discovery. They were developed and tested by professional science teachers who sought to give students enjoyable learning experiences while preparing them for district and statewide proficiency exams. For easy use, the lesson and activities at the Elementary School Level are printed on a big 8 ½” x 11” lay-flat format that folds flat for photocopying of over 150 student activity sheets, and are organized into four sections:

  1. METHODS AND MEASUREMENT LESSONS & ACTIVITES 
  2. PHYSICAL SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
  3. LIFE SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
  4. EARTH SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
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"Dr. Handwerker provides teachers with a set of student-centered activities that review all the essential science concepts for that students should know by 4th grade. This book simplifies life for even the busiest science teacher."—Pam Walker and Elaine Wood, coauthors, Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Activities for the Elementary Grades
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787975760
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2004
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
  • Edition description: Grades K-6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,358,890
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. Handwerker, Ph.D. has taught science in the Los Angeles and Temecula Valley Unified School Districts. As a mentor and instructional support teacher, he has also trained scores of new teachers in the "art" of teaching science. Dr. Handwerker is the author/editor of articles in several scientific fields and the coauthor of an earth science textbook currently in use.

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Table of Contents

About This Science TestPrep Teaching Resource v

I. METHODS AND MEASUREMENT 1

Lesson 1 3

Lesson 2 7

Lesson 3 11

Lesson 4 15

Lesson 5 19

Lesson 6 23

Lesson 7 27

Lesson 8 31

Lesson 9 35

Lesson 10 39

Lesson 11 43

Lesson 12 47

METHODS AND MESUREMENT PRACTICE TEST

II. PHYSICAL SCIENCE 59

Lesson 13 61

Lesson 14 65

Lesson 15 69

Lesson 16 73

Lesson 17 77

Lesson 18 81

Lesson 19 85

Lesson 20 89

Lesson 21 93

Lesson 22 97

Lesson 23 101

Lesson 24 105

Lesson 25 109

Lesson 26 113

Lesson 27 117

Lesson 28 121

Lesson 29 125

Lesson 30 129

PHYSICAL SCIENCE PRACTICE TEST

III. LIFE SCIENCE 141

Lesson 31 143

Lesson 32 147

Lesson 33 151

Lesson 34 155

Lesson 35 159

Lesson 36 163

Lesson 37 167

Lesson 38 171

Lesson 39 175

Lesson 40 179

Lesson 41 183

Lesson 42 187

Lesson 43 191

Lesson 44 195

Lesson 45 199

LIFE SCIENCE PRACTICE TEST

IV. EARTH SCIENCE 209

Lesson 46 211

Lesson 47 215

Lesson 48 219

Lesson 49 223

Lesson 50 227

Lesson 51 231

Lesson 52 235

Lesson 53 239

Lesson 54 243

Lesson 55 247

Lesson 56 251

Lesson 57 255

Lesson 58 259

Lesson 59 263

Lesson 60 267

Lesson 61 271

Lesson 62 275

EARTH SCIENCE PRACTICE TEST

Appendix 287

Preparing Your Students for Standardized Proficiency Tests

What Parents Need to Know about Standardized Tests 287

The Uses of Standardized Tests 288

Test Terms 289

Common Types of Standardized Tests 292

Preparing Your Child for Standardized Tests 294

Cover Letter to Parents Announcing Standardized Tests 295

What Students Need to Know about Standardized Tests 296

Test-Taking Tips for Students 297

Test Words You Should Know 298

Creating a Positive Test-Taking Environment 299

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