Methods Of Teaching Elementary Science –

med509

(3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. An evaluation of texts and reference materials, development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology are among the topics discussed.

This graduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.
  • Justify the accommodations appropriate for special needs students.
  • Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.

Planning for Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
  • Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group-inquiry activities.
  • Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.

Assessment, Technology, and Resources for Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.
  • Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.
  • Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.

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