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Praxis Early Childhood Education: Science - Chapter Summary
Peruse these physics, life science and Earth science lessons to get a comprehensive overview of science topics covered on the Praxis Early Childhood Education exam. Video lessons and quizzes can help you review the following:
- Science terminology
- Steps in the scientific method
- Properties of matter
- Interactions of light and matter
- Heat and temperature
- Electricity and magnetism
- The solar system
- Soil erosion
- Earth materials
- Living organisms
- Ecosystems and habitats
Each of these animated video lessons features a fun teaching style. They're also self-paced, which means you can re-watch or skip ahead to the lessons you want to review and take the multiple-choice quizzes as many times as you need to.
Praxis Early Childhood Education: Science Objectives
In some states, prospective early childhood education teachers are required to pass this Praxis content knowledge exam before they can qualify for licensure. The test includes 120 multiple-choice questions covering six content domains.
Science content makes up around 13% of the exam. The extensive collection of lessons in this chapter can prepare you for questions that test your knowledge of scientific research processes and physical science phenomena, including kinematics and the behavior of light and heat. You can also use this chapter to get ready for Earth, space and life science questions on topics like the solar system, rock and soil properties, and the basic requirements of living organisms.
1. Basic Science Concepts & Terminology
You don't have to dedicate your life to the study of science to be a scientist. All you need to do is notice basic science concepts like systems, cycles, constancy and change. Read on to learn more about these essential scientific concepts.
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.
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.
4. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties
How are substances identified? There are two major ways we can describe a substance: physical properties and chemical properties. Learn about how chemists use properties to classify matter as either a mixture or a pure substance.
5. How Light & Matter Interact
This lesson will go over the fundamental basic of how light and matter interact with one another. You'll learn about photons, excited atoms, binding energy, and energy levels.
6. What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of heat and find out how it differs from temperature. You will also explore practical applications of heat such as expansion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, specific heat, phase transitions, and heat engines.
7. What Is Electricity? - Definition & Concept
Learn the history of electricity, from Ben Franklin's kite experiment to laptop batteries. Explore the many different ways electricity is measured, generated, and stored.
8. Magnetic Force: Definition, Poles & Dipoles
You're probably familiar with magnets, but have you ever stopped to consider how they work? In this lesson, we'll look at the root of magnetism and some of the fundamental properties of magnets.
9. What is Kinematics? - Studying the Motion of Objects
Kinematics is the study of the motion of objects. Kinematics can tell you a lot about motion, but not everything. In this lesson, we will examine the types of questions kinematics can and cannot answer.
10. Solar System Overview
This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.
11. What is Soil Erosion? - Definition and Causes
With soil erosion, the top layer of soil is worn away due to factors such as water, wind and tillage of farmland. Learn about soil erosion and how natural elements and human activities break up and transport soil.
12. Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water
Although the earth is a very complex system, there are only four main components of Earth that are the building blocks of life. These components are referred to as Earth's materials and include minerals, rocks, soil and water.
13. The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms
A house is not a living thing, but the people, animals, and plants living inside it are. So how do we define 'life'? Learn about seven characteristics that all living organisms have in common, no matter how different they may look on the outside.
14. Living Organisms: Basic Needs
There are many types of living organisms on Earth. But what makes us all the same is our basic needs for survival, which is a shorter list than you might think!
15. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches
Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.
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