ISBN-10:
0205168078
ISBN-13:
9780205168071
Pub. Date:
11/28/1995
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Teaching Children Science: A Discovery Approach / Edition 4

Teaching Children Science: A Discovery Approach / Edition 4

by Joseph Abruscato

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ISBN-13: 9780205168071
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 508
Product dimensions: 7.73(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

  Joseph Abruscato is a former public school science teacher and Science Methods professor retired from  University of Vermont.  He has also wrote or co-authored a variety of materials for teachers and students including Teaching Children Science:  Discovery Methods for the Elementary and Middle Grades, Third Edition and The Whole Cosmos Catalog of Science Activities.

 

Dr. Donald DeRosa has worked in the field of science education for twenty years as a classroom teacher; teacher educator; and director of CityLab, a biotechnology-learning laboratory for teachers and students at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching where he teaches courses in elementary science education. His research interests focus on the development of effective methods to teach scientific thinking. In addition to conducting workshops on biotechnology education and inquiry-based science teaching for in-service teachers, Dr. DeRosa has co-authored several curriculum supplements in biotechnology and has consulted in the development of biotechnology programs throughout the United States and Europe.

Table of Contents

Preface.

I. STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES.

1. Inquiry: The Path, Discovery: The Destination.

How will I create my inquiry-based, discovery-focused classroom?

A New Day Begins.

A Chance to Touch Tomorrow.

You: Science-Teaching Fears, Hopes, and Dreams.

Your Children: Curious, Small Scientists Who Need Guidance and Direction.

Science: What Is It, Really?

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Technology: It's Changing Your Life and Their Lives.

MAKE THE CASE.

Discovery: Your Destination.

Inquiry: The Path Children Will Take toward Discovery.

National, State, and Local Standards: They Will Light Your Way.

PROJECT 2061.

Yes, You Can Do It! Science for All Children, Every Day in Every Way.

2. Constructing Knowledge and Discovering Meaning.

How can I help children learn science?

What Is Learning, Really?

PROJECT 2061.

Traditional Views about How Children Learn Science.

Constructivism: A Modern View of How Children Learn Science.

Ways to Support Your Constructivist Teaching.

MAKE THE CASE.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

3. The Inquiry Process Skills.

How can I help children use the inquiry process skills to make discoveries?

Digging to Discover.

Discovery: The Destination.

Inquiry: The Path.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

The Learning Cycle.

The Inquiry Process Skills.

PROJECT 2061.

MAKE THE CASE.

4. Planning and Managing.

How can I plan and manage inquiry-based,discovery-focused units and lessons?

The Water Rat and the Sea Horse.

The Scope of the Science Curriculum.

The Sequence of the Science Curriculum.

Unit Planning.

PROJECT 2061.

Lesson Planning.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Classroom Organization and Management.

MAKE THE CASE.

5. Strategies and QuickChecks.

How can I effectively use cooperative learning, questioning and wait-time strategies, active listening, demonstrations, and textbooks in my classroom?

Talk, Talk, and More Talk!

Cooperative Learning Strategies.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Questioning Strategies.

Wait-Time/Think-Time Strategies.

Active Listening Strategies.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

MAKE THE CASE.

Science Textbooks.

6. Assessment of Understanding and Inquiry.

How can I put the NSE Standards approach, along with traditional and authentic assessment techniques, to work in my classroom?

“What D'ja Git?”

The NSE Standards Approach to Assessment.

Traditional Assessment Techniques.

Authentic Assessment Techniques.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Putting It All Together.

MAKE THE CASE.

7. Integrating Science.

How can I integrate inquiry-based science with other subjects in a child's school day?

Inquiry as the “Superglue” of Knowledge.

PROJECT 2061.

Science and the Language Arts.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Science and Mathematics.

MAKE THE CASE.

Science and the Social Studies.

Science and Art.

Science and Music.

Science and Health and Physical Education.

8. Science WebQuests.

How can I create inquiry-based, discovery-focused Internet projects for children?

A Strange Thing Happened on My Way to a School One Day.

The Internet: An Important Resource for Inquiry and Discovery.

PROJECT 2061.

What Is a Science WebQuest?

How to Plan and Prepare a Science WebQuest.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Make the Case.

9. Adapting the Science Curriculum.

How can I adapt the science curriculum for children from diverse cultural backgrounds, children with special needs, and children with special gifts and talents?

Measuring the Fleeting Moments.

The “Digital Divide”: A Cautionary Tale.

Children from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds.

Children with Special Needs.

MAKE THE CASE.

REAL TEACHERS TALKING.

Children with Special Gifts and Talents.

II. The Earth/Space Sciences and Technology.

History and Nature of the Earth/Space Sciences.

Personal and Social Implications of the Earth/Space Sciences.

Earth/Space Science Technology: Its Nature and Impact.

10. The Earth Space/Sciences and Technology: Unit, Lesson, and Enrichment Starter Ideas.

Kelly's Gift.

Assessing Prior Knowledge and Conceptions.

Unit Plan Starter Ideas.

Lesson Plan Starter Ideas for Common Curriculum Topics.

WebQuest Starter Ideas.

Classroom Enrichment Starter Ideas.

MAKE THE CASE.

11a. The Earth's Surface, Atmosphere, and Weather: Content.

Spaceship Earth: What Is It Made Of?

The Earth's Atmosphere and Weather.

11b. The Earth's Surface, Atmosphere, and Weather: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

12a. The Cosmos: Content.

Are We Alone?

What Is the Universe and How Was It Formed?

Our Solar System.

Exploring Space: The First Steps.

Exploring Space: The Next Steps.

12b. The Cosmos: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

III. The Life Sciences and Technology.

History and Nature of the Life Sciences.

Personal and Social Implications of the Life Sciences.

Life Science Technology: Its Nature and Impact.

13. The Life Sciences and Technology: Unit, Lesson, and Enrichment Starter Ideas.

The Tapper.

Assessing Prior Knowledge and Conceptions.

Unit Plan Starter Ideas.

Lesson Plan Starter Ideas for Common Curriculum Topics.

MAKE THE CASE.

WebQuest Starter Ideas.

Classroom Enrichment Starter Ideas.

14a. Living Things: Content.

Living or Nonliving? That's the Question.

Classifying Living Things.

The Plant Kingdom: A Closer Look.

The Animal Kingdom: A Closer Look.

Bioterrorism: What Today's Teachers Must Know.

14b. Living Things: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners..

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

15a. The Human Body: Content.

The Body's Systems.

The Digestive System.

The Skeletal-Muscular System.

The Respiratory System.

The Nervous System.

The Excretory System.

The Circulatory System.

The Reproductive System.

15b. The Human Body: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

IV. The Physical Sciences and Technology.

History and Nature of the Physical Sciences.

Personal and Social Implications of the Physical Sciences.

Physical Science Technology: Its Nature and Impact.

16. The Physical Sciences and Technology: Unit, Lesson, and Enrichment Starter Ideas.

The Letter.

Assessing Prior Knowledge and Conceptions.

Unit Plan Starter Ideas.

Lesson Plan Starter Ideas for Common Curriculum Topics.

WebQuest Starter Ideas.

MAKE THE CASE.

Classroom Enrichment Starter Ideas.

17a. Matter and Motion: Content.

From Atoms to Rockets and Other Technological Wonders.

Matter.

Motion.

17b. Matter and Motion: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

18a. Energies and Machines: Content.

How Energy Is Transferred.

Electrical Energy.

Sound Energy.

Light Energy.

Heat Energy.

Machines.

18b. Energies and Machines: Attention Getters, Discovery Activities, and Demonstrations.

ATTENTION GETTERS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

DEMONSTRATIONS.

For Young Learners.

For Middle-Level Learners.

For the Teacher's Desk.

YOUR CLASSROOM ENRICHMENT HANDBOOK.

Position Statements of the National Science Teachers Association.

Keeping Living Things... Alive.

Safety Management Helper.

Materials to Keep in Your Science Closet.

The Metric Helper.

Content Coverage Checklists.

Your Science Survival Bookshelf.

YOUR SCIENCE SOURCE ADDRESS BOOK.

Free and Inexpensive Materials.

The “Wish Book” Companies.

Bilingual Child Resources.

Special-Needs Resources.

Science Teachers Associations.

NASA Teacher Resource Centers.

Index.

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