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Science Stories : Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

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9780547193106

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0547193106
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Pub. Date:
2/19/2009
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

SCIENCE STORIES helps teachers build their own instructional knowledge through the use of narratives about science in real-world classrooms that demonstrate important content, learning, and strategies in action. Stories are followed by Expanding Meanings sections that highlight the Teaching Ideas, Science Ideas, and Science Standards applicable to each one. Author Janice Koch's constructivist approach guides teachers in the discovery and exploration of their "scientific selves" so that they can learn from students' experiences and become effective scientific explorers in their own classrooms.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Scientist Within
An Invitation to Teaching Science
What Is Science, and Why Teach It?
Science as a Process, a Set of Ideas, and a Way of Thinking
The Value of Teaching Science
Video CASE: Inquiry Learning
How Do Students Learn Science?
Key Tenets of Constructivist Theory
Implications for Teaching
Science Story: Listening to Students' Ideas
Science Story: The Search for Understanding: A Toaster Story
Standards for Science Education
The Diversity of Science Students
Questions to Ask About Your Students
Connecting Science to All Students
The Role of Technology in Today's Science Teaching
Technology Education Standards
Ways of Using Technology
Issues of Technology Access
Becoming a Science Teacher
Locating Your Scientific Self
Science Story: Why the Balloon Doesn't Pop: An Experience for New Teachers
Teachers as Scientists
Beliefs About Science: We Teach What We Think
What Is a Scientist?
Stereotype Versus Reality
Drawing a Scientist
Interviewing a Scientist
Reflective Practice I: Your Science Autobiography
Writing Your Science Autobiography
Reflecting on Your Science Autobiography
Reflective Practice II: Keeping a Science Journal
A Bird Story: Sample Entries from a Science Journal
Learning from Your Science Journal
Some Guidelines for Your Own Science Journal
The Inner Scientist
Doing Science With Students: Inquiry In Practice
The Teacher as Mediator and Facilitator of Student Learning
Science Story: The Bottle and the Balloon
expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Helping Students Construct Meaning
Prior Knowledge
Valuing the Students' Thinking
Mediating the Students' Learning
science Story: Icicles
The Next Day: From Icicles to Ice Cubes
expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Mediation and Alternative Conceptions
Video Case: Inquiry Learning
Science Story: The "Skin" of Water
An Experiment to Explore Shondra's Question
Further Experiments and Discussion
More Challenges
expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Students as Knowers
Science as a Process: Using the Skills of Scientific Study
Science Notebooks
The Science Circus
Science Story: The Circus Comes to Mount Holly
An Old Log
The Soda Can
Crazy Rocks
The Leaky Faucet
The Penny in the Pie Pan
Three Types of Soil
The Weather Station
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Extending Our Senses with Computer Technology
Real-Time Data Collection Software
Digital Video Technology
Science in the Classroom and in Everyday Life
Family Science Night
Making Connections: Scientific Explorations in the Students' Own Environment
Green Science and the Importance of Experiences with Nature
Diversity Within and Without
Seeing the Larger Picture: Content Plus Context
From Alienation to Inclusion
Video Case: Gender Equity in Science Learning
Science Corners
Making the Science Corner an Interactive Experience
Connections to Literature and Other Subjects
Sample Science Corners from Around the Country
Local Explorations of Global Environmental Issues
Science Story: Ecology Disrupted
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Science Story: How Much Milk Are We Wasting?
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Field Trips
Science Story: Making Connections, Inside and Outside the Classroom
An Urban Park and the Story in the Rocks
The Osage
A Snow Story
Two Seashores
Investigating a Natural Disaster
Coconuts Outside the Door
A Virtual Field Trip
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
The Daily Life of the Classroom
Matter Matters: Getting Messy With Ordinary Objects
Classifying
Science Story: Exploring Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Science Story: Mysterious Matter
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
If It's So Messy, Can It Be Science?
Messiness in the Classroom
Video Case: A Return to the Mystery Bag Lesson
Messiness in the Categories
Sustained Inquiry: Explorations of Living Things
Science Story: What Does It Mean to Be Alive?
What Makes a Rabbit Real?
Are Plants Alive?
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Plants and Animals in Your Science Corner
Science Story: From Seed to Plant: A Failed Experiment
Science Story: What's Inside a Seed?
The Following Days: Germination Bags
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Science Story: Planting in a Vacant Lot
Science Story: When Is a Vegetable a Fruit?
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
A Classroom Invertebrate
Observing and Investigating Earthworms
Science Story: Learning About Earthworms
Questions for Investigations
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Working Together to Conduct Investigations over Time
Spiraling Curriculum: Explorations of Density
Science Story: Looking at Liquids
The Next Day: Building Science Toys to Illustrate Density
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Science Story: Delving Deeper into Density
The Floating Egg
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Extending Curriculum: Taking Advantage of Emerging Relevance
Video Case: Effective Teaching
Science Story: Floating and Sinking Fruits
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Looking Back to Look Ahead
Science Story: Apples, Potatoes, and Density
The Following Days: Further Tests and Measurements
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
"Replacement" of Understandings
Virtual and Concrete Models: Explorations in the Solar System
The Usefulness of Models
Science Story: An Edible Solar System
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Science Story: A Model Orbit
Video Case: Studying Genes with a Simulation
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Science Story: Shapes of the Moon
The Same Side of the Moon
Modeling the Moon Phases
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Using Moon-Phase Journals
Moving Beyond the Science Kit: Explorations of Electricity and Atoms
Science Story: Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires
Science Story: Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires Revisited
The Next Day: Lighting a Shoebox House
Bye-Bye Light Bulb
Continuing Investigations
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind These Stories
The Science Ideas Behind These Stories
The Standards Behind These Stories
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Thinking About Teaching and Learning
Science Story: Making Models of Atoms
Exploring the History of Atomic Theory
Mystery Boxes
Discussing the Nucleus
The Periodic Table
The Atom Design Challenge
Expanding Meanings
The Teaching Ideas Behind This Story
The Science Ideas Behind This Story
The Standards Behind This Story
Exploring Further
Resources for Further Exploration
Design Technology
Creating The Science Experience In Your Classroom
Planning for Science: Lesson Plans and Instructional Strategies
An Activity Is Not a Lesson
Planning the Lesson
A Planning Guide
If I Know It, Do I Have to Write It?
Time Allotment
After the Planning, the Letting Go! The Role of Questioning
Types of Questions
A Word About Wait Time
Science Learning Groups: Creating an Environment for Cooperative Learning
Cooperative Learning Groups
Constructivism and Small-Group Learning
Scientific Investigation and Group Learning
Structuring Cooperative Learning Groups in Your Classroom
Group Learning with Technology: WebQuests and Online Collaborations
Science Story: A WebQuest on Marine Organisms
Underwater Adventure
Mission
Resources
Conclusion
Inclusive Science Education
Science and the Inclusion Model
Classroom Strategies for Doing
Science with Students with Disabilities
Technology to Increase the Success of Students with Disabilities
Video Case: Assistive Technology
Questions for Your Own Reflection
Science Content and Curriculum: The Big Ideas and Your Scientific Self
Making Big Ideas Your Own Ideas
Ways of Thinking About Science Topics
Systems
The Solar System
Thinking About Systems: The Interconnection of Parts
Human Body Systems
Thinking About Systems: Noticing Similarities and Differences
Simple Machines
Thinking About Systems: Simple Machines as Systems
Thinking About Systems: The Benchmarks for Science Literacy
The Earth as a Super-System
Interactions and Patterns of Change
Heat Energy and Matter
Thinking About Interactions: Chemical and Physical Changes
Thinking About Interactions: Links
Between Interactions and Systems
Electricity
Light
Thinking About Interactions: Making Connections: From Electricity to Heat and Light
Sound
Thinking About Interactions: Sound
Energy and Musical Instruments
Magnetism
From Content to Curriculum
Who Creates the Curriculum?
National Influence and Local Control
STEM Curriculum
Other Interdisciplinary Trends
Developing Curriculum Units
Aligning a Unit of Study with the Standard
Selecting Activities
What Is Missing?
A Checklist for the Science Curriculum
What's the Big Idea?
Matching Assessment to Instruction
Assessment and Testing
Assessment and the Instructional Context
Writing as an Assessment Tool in Science
A Sample Structure for a Science Notebook
Integrating Technology with Science Notebooks
Drawing Pictures and Telling Stories
Assessing Student Notebooks
Other Types of Writing Assignments
Science Story: Middle Schoolers Blog About Organelles
Video CASE: Using Blogs
Using Science Portfolios for Assessment
Assessing Student Portfolios
Using Science Conversations for Assessment
Using Technology to Assess Understanding
Concept Maps
Concept Cartoons
Electronic Presentations
Multiple Types of Performances
Science Story: Third Graders Enact the Water Cycle
Science Story: Second Graders Do a Station
Assessment for a Unit on Matter
Assessment and National Standards
Teaching, Learning, and Assessing
Pulling it All Together: Reflection and Self-Assessment
Your Scientific Self
Becoming a Reflective Teacher
Video CASE: Information Processing and Reflection
Developing a Personal Philosophy
Professional Development
Networking in the Profession
Promotion and Certification Requirements
Further Means of Professional Development
How Am I Doing?
A Guide to Self-Evaluation
Looking Back to Look Ahead: A New Chapter in Your Science
Autobiography
Key Terms
Resources for Further Exploration
Glossary
References
Index
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