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This latest edition of Esler and Esler's popular text offers student-oriented, comprehensive, and well-balanced coverage of science content and methods. Users and reviewers have praised the appropriate blend of direct instruction and discovery techniques and the coverage of 17 areas of science. Each major topic heading and every lesson plan is tied to one of the National Science Education standards.

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Blends instruction and discovery techniques with coverage of science content essential to teaching success. Explores how children learn science, explains the nature of discovery learning, and offers three basic constructivist techniques and procedures for teaching science lessons. Each of 17 chapters in Section II is devoted to a single content area, giving background and offering a model and lessons plans for teaching the topic. Lesson plans use today's media technologies and incorporate National Science Education standards. This edition lists Web sites, and includes new material on gender bias. The authors are affiliated with the University of Central Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534508340
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/4/2000
  • Series: Education Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: ORGANIZING TO TEACH CHILDREN SCIENCE. 1. An Introduction to Elementary School Science. 2. How Children Learn Science. 3. Teaching Science by Constructivist Inquiry Methods. 4. Teaching Elementary Science Using Full Spectrum Science Instruction (FSSI). 5. Planning for Instruction and Assessing Student Progress in the FSSi System. 6. Technology and Materials for the Elementary Science Classrooms. 7. Integrating Science with Other Subjects. 8. Individualizing Science and Science for Exceptional Children. 9. Teaching Children to Solve Problems of Science, Technology, and Society. SECTION TWO: UNITS OF STUDY FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE. Part A: Investigating Living Things. 10. Investigating Plant Life. 11. Investigating Animal Life. 12. Investigating Ecological Relationship. 13. Investigating the Human Body. Part B. Understanding Physical Science. 14. Atoms and Molecules: The Building Blocks of Matter. 15. Heat and Matter. 16. Light. 17. Magnetism. 18. Electricity. 19. Sound. 20. Using Energy to Do Work: Simple Machines. 21. Flight: From Kitty Hawk to the Space Shuttle. 22. Teaching Metric Measurement. 23. The Solar System and the Universe Beyond. 24. Earth: Its Structure and History. 25. Earth's Oceans. 26. Earth's Atmosphere and Weather. APPENDIXES: Appendix A. Selected Commercial Suppliers of Science Materials. B. Selected Suppliers of Audiovisual Materials. C. Selected Sources of Free and Inexpensive Science Teaching Materials. D. Professional Publications for Teachers. E. Selected Publishers of Personal Computer Software for Elementary Science. F. Selected Trade Book Publishers. G. Keeping Animals in the Classroom. H. Selected Children's Magazines. I. Selected Science Teachers Organizations. INDEX

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