Teaching Science in the Elementary School – EDUC 634

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Contemporary methods and research for teaching science to elementary-aged students.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to help elementary grade teachers improve the skills necessary to effectively teach science in a God-centered manner.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the major concepts in life, physical, and earth science from a biblical perspective.
  2. Use developmentally appropriate strategies to design and deliver instruction in science by developing an interdisciplinary unit with differentiated strategies for all types of learners.
  3. Create a plan to include active inquiry experiences in the teaching of science by using various questioning skills, and developing science process skills {classifying, observing (qualitative—using senses, and quantitative—using measurement), predicting, inferring, analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing}.
  4. Research strategies to encourage diverse groups to engage in the schooling process, especially science and mathematics.
  5. Discuss educational policy issues and professional development by writing reviews of professional organizations that work with science education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, journal articles, and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The candidate will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The candidate will create a thread of at least 400 words in response to the provided prompt. In addition, the candidate will provide 3 replies of at least 200 words each.

Science Literature Reviews (2)

The candidate will complete 2 Science Literature Review papers throughout this course. The candidate must choose 2 different journals relating to education and prepare a review in current APA format. Each Science Literature Review must be submitted via SafeAssign.

Science Experiment

The candidate will conduct a science experiment in 2 steps throughout this course:

Science Experiment Proposal

The candidate will complete the first few steps of the Science Experiment including the problem/question, prior knowledge/research, prediction/hypothesis, variables, and plan/procedure.

Complete Science Experiment

The candidate will complete the experiment by submitting data collection, data analysis, and inference/conclusion in addition to the completed Science Experiment Proposal. The complete Science Experiment will be a total of 5–7 pages and must include a title page and a reference page.

Electronic Vocabulary Notebook

The candidate will complete an electronic vocabulary notebook throughout the course. The candidate will use the Word template provided to compile a notebook of at least 10 unfamiliar science vocabulary words.

Chapter Assignments

The candidate will answer specific chapter questions as specified in the Assignment Instructions folder.

Integrated Lesson Plan

The candidate will create one extensive and complete integrated lesson plan for a science unit. The lesson plan will be based on the 5 E’s Learning Cycle and composed using the Lesson Plan Template.