Ch 14: Foundations of Teaching Science

About This Chapter

This chapter's lessons offer an overview of the basics concepts of science and how to teach them. Refresh your knowledge of the scientific method, experimental design and science vocabulary words.

Foundations of Teaching Science - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review methods for creating a classroom that encourages scientific inquiry in all students, including English language learners and children with special needs. Our instructors explain concepts such as the steps of the scientific method and methods of experimental design. Other lessons look at science vocabulary and materials for science instruction. After watching these lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Create an inquiry-based science environment in the classroom
  • Develop scientific hypotheses
  • Define the process of experimental design
  • Understand and teach basic science vocabulary and concepts
  • Determine the best resources for science instruction

These short lessons offer a solid overview of skills needed to teach science to children. The quizzes that accompany each lesson allow you to test your knowledge, and video tags make it easy to review topics requiring extra study. Take the exam at the end of the chapter to evaluate your overall comprehension of the material.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Foundations of Teaching Science
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Providing an Inquiry-Based Science Environment

1. Providing an Inquiry-Based Science Environment

What is an inquiry-based science environment? Learn about why it is valuable, how such an environment can be provided, and some of the challenges -- especially for English language learners and students with exceptionalities.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

2. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

4. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

5. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.

Selecting Resources for Teaching Science to Young Children

6. Selecting Resources for Teaching Science to Young Children

Teaching children science is a fun yet challenging task that requires many different types of resources. Here we will describe how to select good resources and plan science lessons for young children. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

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