eed420 | undergraduate
Elementary Methods - Science
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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Foundations of Science Instruction
- Describe the social and cultural influences on science education.
- Examine state science standards.
- Compare state science standards to national science standards.
- Identify science content topics in state and national standards.
- Review national science standards (National Science Teachers Association).
Resources for Teaching Science
- Explain the benefits of professional science organizations for science teachers.
- Explore technology-based and print resources.
- Identify ways to use the community and parents as resources.
Best Practices in Teaching Science
- Identify best practices in science education.
- Align skills with content topics in science standards through concept mapping.
- Create an inquiry-based science lesson.
- Define inquiry teaching.
- Identify a variety of questioning techniques.
- Differentiate between the different levels of questioning.
- Write questions to engage students in inquiry.
- Develop an assessment plan to align with instruction of science content and skills.
- Create assessments that address students’ prior knowledge and misconceptions.
- Identify a variety of methods used to assess learning in science.
- Construct a rubric to assess learning during an inquiry science lesson.
Successful Long-Range Planning
- Outline a one-year plan for science instruction.
- Generate a pacing schedule for a curriculum map.
Safety in the science classroom
- Describe appropriate classroom management and safety practices in the science classroom.
- Describe how the integration of science with other content areas promotes student learning.
- Create a lesson plan that integrates technology, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and the arts.
Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
- Examine current trends and issues regarding differentiating science instruction and assessment.
- Analyze instructional strategies used to adapt and modify learning activities.
- Analyze strategies to adjust and modify the use of materials and equipment for diverse learners.
- Describe a teacher inquiry orientation to learning and teaching science.
- Explore resources for professional development associated with science teaching.
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