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Teaching Science Fact with Science Fiction
     

Teaching Science Fact with Science Fiction

by Richard Raham
 

The literature of science fiction packs up the facts and discoveries of science and runs off to futures filled with both wonders and warnings. Kids love to take the journeys it offers for the thrill of the ride, but they can learn as they travel, too. This book will provide you with: an overview of the past 500 years of scientific thought and the literature of

Overview

The literature of science fiction packs up the facts and discoveries of science and runs off to futures filled with both wonders and warnings. Kids love to take the journeys it offers for the thrill of the ride, but they can learn as they travel, too. This book will provide you with: an overview of the past 500 years of scientific thought and the literature of science fiction which it inspired; suggestions for finding and adapting the kind of science fiction that will work best for your classroom; detailed ideas and resources for teaching concepts in the physical, earth, space, and life sciences, as well in history and mathematics; and suggested activities for a variety of grade levels. Appendices provide: science references to help you keep the facts and the fictions straight; national science content standards; and detailed lesson plans for an earth science unit where students travel the depths of time and create their own time travelers' diaries.

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KLIATT
Raham, a former science teacher who is now a freelance science writer and illustrator, aims to provide teachers of grades 5-10 with ideas for ways to use science fiction "to get students excited about science." He starts out by surveying both the history of science and the history of science fiction, with timelines, and discusses how to use SF in various media in the science curriculum. He goes on to offer detailed lesson plans incorporating SF in the physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and life sciences, and addresses alternate histories and SF and mathematics as well. For example, he proposes using Dune in a unit on ecology, comparing sandworm biology with that of Earth creatures, or using Star Trek to illustrate concepts like black holes. Appendices provide resources, such as lists of science books; categories of National Science Content Standards; lists of activities and suggested grade levels; and curriculum based on the author's novel for young readers, The Deep Time Diaries. Annotated bibliographies throughout will help both librarians and teachers to make good use of SF when teaching science facts. B/w illustrations augment the text. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 2004, Reed Elsevier, Teacher Ideas Press, 142p. illus. bibliogs. index., Ages adult.
—Paula Rohrlick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563089398
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/19/2004
Pages:
158
Sales rank:
1,201,828
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

R. GARY RAHAM, a freelance writer and illustrator, is also a graphic designer for Citizen Printing Co., Ft. Collins, Colorado.

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