Teaching Science as Investigations: Modeling Inquiry Through Learning Cycle Lessons / Edition 1

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Overview

Teaching science effectively requires engaging students in inquiry. This new and engaging science methods text, Teaching Science as Investigations, provides a series of carefully developed 5-E lesson models. Each series is standards-based and organized to provide a sequential development of physical, earth, and life science concepts appropriate to use directly with students in K—8 classrooms. Designed for pre-service and practicing teachers who are learning the art of teaching science, each science investigation develops one major science concept, focusing on one element of science teaching, such as guided and open inquiry, assessment, misconceptions, and so on. Learning how to teach science is thus embedded in the context of authentic learning cycle lessons.

Included in this text are the following units for investigation:

UNIT 1: PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Investigation 1: LIGHT (K—4)

Teaching Focus: TEACHING FROM A LEARNING CYCLE

Investigation 2: SOLUBILITY (4—8)

Teaching Focus: USING GUIDED AND OPEN INQUIRY

Investigation 3: DENSITY (4—8)

Teaching Focus: ASSESSING SCIENCE

Investigation 4: ENERGY (4—8)

Teaching Focus: INTEGRATING MATHEMATICS IN SCIENCE LEARNING

UNIT 2: LIFE SCIENCE

Investigation 5: LIFE CYCLE OF THE MEALWORM (K—4)

Teaching Focus: MANAGING INQUIRY MATERIALS

Investigation 6: FLOWERING PLANTS (4—8)

Teaching Focus: INTEGRATING READING IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION

Investigation 7: BONES (4—8)

Teaching Focus: USING QUESTIONING STRATEGIES

Investigation 8: HEREDITY (4—8)

Teaching Focus: USING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM PRACTICE

UNIT 3: EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE

Investigation 9: SOIL (K—4)

Teaching Focus: DEVELOPING INQUIRY ABILITIES

Investigation 10: MOTIONS OF THE MOON (4—8)

Teaching Focus: IDENTIFYING MISCONCEPTIONS

Investigation 11: INTERPRETING WEATHER MAPS (4—8)

Teaching Focus: INTEGRATING WRITING AND COMMUNICATION

Investigation 12: THE WATER CYCLE (4—8)

Teaching Focus: INTEGRATING INQUIRY IN TEXTBOOK INSTRUCTION

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132186278
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

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

Chapter 4-ASSESSMENT:

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

Chapter 11-MISCONCEPTIONS:

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

CONCLUSION

Chapter 14- Developing Learning Cycle Lessons

Appendices

I. K-4 NSES Standards

II. 5-8 NSES Standards

III. NSTA Position Statement: Safety

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