Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science (5th Edition)

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For Elementary Science Methods courses. Streamlined to be more manageable in limited class time, the new edition of Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science has been crafted to be the text that best prepares pre-service teachers for today's science classroom. It accomplishes this by clearly modeling inquiry teaching and addressing the realities of the contemporary science classroom.

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Peters, Stout Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science preface

 

Elementary and middle school teaching is a rewarding and exciting career. Your future as a professional educator includes the responsibility to help your students meet the demands and challenges of society, and the elementary and middle school classroom is where it all begins.  It is your job to build the skills, content knowledge, and desire for inquiry that will allow your students to function in a society that will be highly scientific and technologically developed.  T his new edition of Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science has been crafted to help you do just that. 

Focusing on the methods of teaching elementary and middle school science, the text centers on why science education is basic to children’s schooling and explains the foundations that give it form and substance. Each of the eight chapters develops a broad concept or a cluster of related teaching skills through descriptions and the use of many real-life examples.

 

The chapters and special features should enable you to

  • Decide what areas of science are basic, useful, and curious to children.
  • Recognize and assess differences in children’s thinking.
  • Use open-ended and closed-ended teaching activities in planning and implementing lessons and units.
  • Improve children’s scientific skills.
  • Develop technological applications.
  • Locate and use a variety of resources to teach science.
  • Arrange and manage learning centers, computer centers, and projects.
  • Assess science teaching.

 

Each chapter focuses on an overall concept such as learning, assessment, or technology. Practical teaching tips are highlighted and sprinkled throughout each chapter, and teaching concepts are aligned to the National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards. In addition, learning objectives are linked to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Benchmarks for Science Literacy, which are cited throughout the text when applicable. To help summarize and extend the content, each chapter includes a summary, reflection, and additional readings.

 

A Closer Look at the Text’s Features

 

Modeling Inquiry Teaching

By taking you into successful inquiry-based classrooms, we contextualize the concepts being covered and help you envision your own constructivist science classroom.

 

  • {ed: insert CD logo in margin} Free CD-ROM Science in Elementary Education: Visit an Inquiry Classroom, containing footage of master teacher Glenn McKnight, models constructivist teaching and successful, inquiry-based science classroom management.
    • Visit an Inquiry Classroom features throughout chapters integrate the chapter content, CD footage, and the text’s Companion Website.
    • Portfolio questions relating to the CD are found at the end of each Part I chapter. 
    • {ed: insert CW logo in margin} More CD-related activities are available on the text ’s Companion Website.
  • Focus on Inquiry vignettes beginning every chapter and peppered throughout provide you with a glimpse of meaningful science lessons.

 

Addressing Today’s Science Teaching Realities

Today’s science teachers must be accountable to state and national standards as they ensure their teaching meets the needs of every learner in their classroom. 

  • Benchmarks and Standards features throughout chapters help you see how to integrate the National Science Education Standards in your own teaching.
  • Teaching Tips throughout chapters provide starting points, suggest activities, and consider safety to help you master constructivist science teaching.

 

Supplements

{ed: insert CD icon in margin} CD-ROM Science in Elementary Education: Visit an Inquiry Classroom

By modeling a constructivist, inquiry approach to teaching science, master teacher Glenn McKnight and his lively 4th graders illustrate science teaching and learning at its best and most effective. 

 

CD Features

The CD footage helps you envision all aspects of inquiry science teaching by exploring

         A model inquiry unit

         The nature of science

         Constructivist pedagogy

         Lesson planning and classroom management

 

Each topic illustrates its component parts through nine video clips.  To truly understand the construction and implementation of a Model Inquiry, for example, you’ll be able to watch footage of

         Instructional planning

         Preparing resources

         An invitation to explore

         Team formation

         Inquiry exploration

         Concept invention

         Concept application

         Ongoing assessment

         Putting it all together - 4 days of science

 

Accompanying every piece of footage are the perspectives of text author Joseph Peters, teacher Glenn McKnight, a teaching colleague, and fourth-grade students.  Each voice interprets what he or she sees in each clip, helping you notice the details of teaching and learning.  Quotes from the professional literature identify research that supports McKnight’s teaching discussions, stimulating further thinking about the video contents.

 

Additional Features

         Bonus lessons on the CD provide you with meaningful lessons you can use right in your own classroom.

         Links to the Internet allow you to move back and forth between the CD and the Companion Website, where more questions and lessons connect the footage to the text material and to your own classroom.

         Look for CD icons throughout the text to point you toward features, reflection questions, and applications that will help you make the most of this meaningful media.

         Visit an Inquiry Classroom features in the text lead you to reflect on specific clips in terms of their relation to the chapter concepts.  Answer questions about these clips on our Companion Website.

         Chapter ending questions help you make connections between the material you learned in the chapter and the footage you find on the CD.

 

Companion Website

This robust online support system offers many rich and meaningful ways to deepen and expand the information presented to you in the text. 

  • Focus Questions provide a useful advanced organizer for each chapter’s online companion.
  • Meeting the Standards provides NSES Standards Integration, delivered through adaptable lessons that can be saved to your hard drive or disk.  This module provides you with lessons to take right into your own classroom that align with both national and state standards.
  • Praxis Practice ADD FINAL COPY HERE
  • Additional CD ROM activities help you continue to deepen your understanding of inquiry science teaching.
  • Self-Assessments help you gauge your understanding of text concepts.
  • Web Links provide useful connections to all standards and many other invaluable online literacy sources.

Visit this online supplement at www.prenhall.com/peters

 

Electronic Instructor’s Manual

This useful tool for instructors, available online at www.prenhall.com   with an instructor’s access code, provides rich instructional support, including:

  • A test bank including multiple choice and essay tests. 
  • Power Points specifically designed for each chapter
  • Chapter by chapter materials, including chapter objectives, suggested readings, discussion questions, and online integration.

 

 

Additional Titles of Interest

  • Science in Elementary Education: Methods, Concepts, and Inquiries, 10e,

ISBN: 0-13-171601-8

  • Concepts and Inquiries for Teaching Elementary School Science, 5e

ISBN: 0-13-171598-4

 

Acknowledgments

I wish to thank the many people who helped with the 5th edition of Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science. I especially wish to thank editors Linda Montgomery and Hope Madden of Merrill/Prentice Hall for their extensive editorial support, insight, encouragement, continued assistance, and constructive comments.

This edition of Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science includes many Focus on Inquiry vignettes. I extend my sincere thanks to Norman Lederman, Ken Tobin, Jerry Mayernik, George O’Brien, Angela Alexander, Christine Peters, Kata McCarville, Pam Northrup, Charlotte Boling , and Sue Dale Tunnicliffe for sharing their experiences with us in the methods chapters.

 

We would also like to acknowledge the external reviewers of this text:

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