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Written with reform in mind, this book combines the teaching and learning of science by integrating pedagogy within science content investigations. The first chapter in each unit includes investigations appropriate for K-4 learners and the subsequent chapters present investigations for Grades 5-8. Each investigation has one student version that can be reproduced for classroom use and one teacher version that includes the expanded content needed to teach the investigation in a constructivist way. Aligned with the NSES science content standards, the investigations are sequenced to build conceptual development of science concepts and are supported by the 5E learning cycle lesson format.
Foundational chapter presents research on how children learn - Chapter 1.
Investigations supported by the 5E learning cycle lesson format help professors model for their students how to teach science as inquiry in the classroom.
Physical, Life, and Earth/Space concepts each presented as a Unit, for a total of three.
Four learning cycle lessons, or investigations introduce readers to developmentally appropriate inquiry learning. The first chapter in each unit includes investigations appropriate for K-4 learners and the subsequent 3 chapters present sequential, conceptual investigations for Grades 5-8.
Teaching Tips accompany each investigation to provide practical teaching suggestions for new teachers as they implement lessons for the first time.
Essential Teaching Strategies are presented during each investigation to support new teachers with instructional methodologies including the learning cycle, assessment, materials management, integrating math or reading, questioning strategies, and more.
Lessons/investigations are aligned with the NSES science content standards and are sequencedto build conceptual development of science concepts.
Immediate application to the classroom - Each investigation has one student version that can be reproduced for classroom use and one expanded teacher version that includes all the content and pedagogy needed to teach the investigation in a constructivist way.
Learn to develop additional 5E lesson plans/investigations - through reader-friendly guidelines ensuring that any science activity readers find on the web or in a science book is set up as a valid scientific inquiry with an explorable question.
Chapter 1- An Introduction to Science Teaching: How Children Learn Science
UNIT 1: PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Chapter 2-LEARNING CYCLE:
Science Content (Primary): Light
Science Pedagogy: Learning Cycle
Lesson 2.1: See in the Dark?
Lesson 2.2: Filtering Colors
Lesson 2.3: Rainbow Colors
Chapter 3-GUIDED AND OPEN INQUIRY:
Science Content (Intermediate): Solubility
Science Pedagogy: Guided and Open Inquiry
Lesson 3.1: How Long Does It Take?
Lesson 3.2: How Much Will Dissolve?
Lesson 3.3: Dissolving Different Substances
Science Content (Intermediate): Density
Science Pedagogy: Assessment
Lesson 4.1: Which Is More Dense?
Lesson 4.2: Do Raisins Sink or Float?
Lesson 4.3: Comparing Densities
Chapter 5-INTEGRATING MATH:
Science Content (Intermediate): Energy
Science Pedagogy: Integrating Math
Lesson 5.1: How Far Can Your Bike Roll Uphill?
Lesson 5.2: How High Will It Bounce?
Lesson 5.3: How Does the Kind of Floor Affect the Bounce?
UNIT 2: LIFE SCIENCE
Chapter 6-MATERIALS MANAGEMENT:
Science Content (Primary): Life Cycle of the Mealworm
Science Pedagogy: Materials Management
Lesson 6.1: Moving Mealworms
Lesson 6.2: Where Do Mealworms Go?
Lesson 6.3: What Do Mealworms Look Like As They Grow?
Chapter 7-INTEGRATING READING:
Science Content (Intermediate): Flowering Plants
Science Pedagogy: Integrating Reading
Lesson 7.1: Flower Power
Lesson 7.2: Flower Pollination
Lesson 7.3: Fruits and Vegetables
Chapter 8-QUESTIONING STRATEGIES:
Science Content (Intermediate): Bones
Science Pedagogy: Questioning Strategies
Lesson 8.1: How Many Do You Have?
Lesson 8.2: Comparing Skeletons
Lesson 8.3: How Strong Are Your Bones?
Chapter 9-EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY:
Science Content (Intermediate): Heredity
Science Pedagogy: Educational Technology
Lesson 9.1: Examining Our Traits
Lesson 9.2: A Litter of Puppies
Lesson 9.3: Reading Genetic Code
UNIT 3: EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE
Chapter 10-INQUIRY ABILITIES:
Science Content (Primary): Soil
Science Pedagogy: Inquiry Abilities
Lesson 10.1: What Makes Up Soil?
Lesson 10.2: Investigating Soil and Water
Lesson 10.3: Soil Soaking Rates
Science Content (Intermediate): Motions of the Moon
Science Pedagogy: Misconceptions
Lesson 11.1: Moon Patterns and Motions
Lesson 11.2: Moon Phases
Lesson 11.3: Eclipses
Chapter 12-INTEGRATING WRITING AND COMMUNICATION:
Science Content (Intermediate): Interpreting Weather Maps
Science Pedagogy: Integrating Writing and Communication
Lesson 12.1: Comparing Inside Temperatures
Lesson 12.2: Comparing Outside Temperatures
Lesson 12.3: Comparing National Temperatures and Weather
Chapter 13-INTEGRATING INQUIRY IN TEXTBOOK INSTRUCTION
Science Content (Intermediate): Water Cycle
Science Pedagogy: Integrating Inquiry in Textbook Instruction
Lesson 13.1: Evaporation
Lesson 13.2: Condensation
Lesson 13.3: The Water Cycle
Chapter 14- Developing Learning Cycle Lessons
I. K-4 NSES Standards
II. 5-8 NSES Standards
III. NSTA Position Statement: Safety
Posted November 16, 2009