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Elementary Methods - Science

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This course focuses on methodology and assessment strategies that enhance learning in science. Integrated content, interdisciplinary teaching, classroom management, and curriculum and assessment issues are emphasized. Multiple perspectives of students as learners of science, along with current research on pedagogy, are explored. This course also provides students with an opportunity to develop the ability to evaluate and to use instructional methods, curricular materials and resources, and appropriate assessment strategies.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Professional growth

    • Explore resources for professional development associated with science teaching.
    • Describe a teacher inquiry orientation to learning and teaching science.

    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.

    Cross-Curricular Connections

    • 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.
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