Want to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades? Come learn about the nature and history of science as well as how to help students in this age group grasp the scientific method. You'll receive lots of worksheets and specific examples of some great experiments you can use in your own classroom. You will discover the principles of direct instruction and many different learning and organizational tools that will benefit your students. You'll even learn how you can use science class to improve the emotional climate in your classroom!
All through the course, you will discover worksheets and checklists you and your students can put to immediate use. You'll see how helpful they are in the lessons on the scientific method, writing a research paper, and producing a science fair. You will cover foundational content in both physical science and life science. You will learn how to use a study of the earth's atmosphere to teach students how to make and interpret a variety of graphs—an important skill for standardized testing. You will learn about some of the best websites available. By the end of this course, you will have many new skills that will benefit both you and your students.
- Lesson 1 - An Introduction to Science Instruction
- Lesson 2 - The Scientific Method
- Lesson 3 - The Nature of Science
- Lesson 4 - Principles of Direct Instruction
- Lesson 5 - Learning and Organizational Tools
- Lesson 6 - Writing a Research Paper
- Lesson 7 - The Emotional Environment in the Classroom
- Lesson 8 - Essential Concepts in Physical Science
- Lesson 9 - Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part I
- Lesson 10 - Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part II
- Lesson 11 - Earth Science and Science Process Skills
- Lesson 12 - Science Fair
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