Ch 18: Teaching Foundational Science Concepts to Elementary Students

About This Chapter

Young learners are full of curiosity. Join us as we explore how to harness that curiosity to learn science concepts at a young age. This chapter is full of great ideas and resources for every early elementary teacher.

Teaching Foundational Science Concepts to Elementary Students - Chapter Summary

Our expert science educators have designed an information-rich chapter for you. They will guide you through the important elements of foundational science instruction. Starting with the idea, processes, and development of science skills, the lessons in this progression will then move into specific concepts and teaching strategies. You will study the level of content expected for young learners to know in each of the three primary domains of science. Finally, our instructors will discuss how to use observation, projects, and real-world problems to teach science ideas in an enriching, exciting way.

When you have completed this interesting and comprehensive chapter, you should be able to:

  • Model the scientific method
  • Outline scientific skill development for early learners
  • Plan enriching learning experiences for life, physical, and Earth science concepts
  • Implement a project-based science curriculum
  • Differentiate science learning activities based on students' needs
  • Use observations and sensory activities to explore science with young learners
  • Connect science concepts to real-world problem-solving tasks

The lessons in this chapter are presented to you through informative text selections and short, engaging videos. Take advantage of the provided transcripts and the Timeline feature of the video player which allows you to jump to sections of the video and easily review the main points of the lesson. Each lesson ends with a self-assessment quiz designed to help you evaluate your level of mastery of the material in this chapter. Be sure to track your progress on your Dashboard and have fun learning about early childhood science teaching.

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Teaching Foundational Science Concepts to Elementary Students
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The Nature of Science

1. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

2. 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.

Scientific Skill Development in Early Childhood

3. Scientific Skill Development in Early Childhood

In this lesson, we will find out more about how teachers can build on the inherent curiosity of young children to create meaningful scientific instruction.

Selecting Resources for Teaching Science to Young Children

4. 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.

Teaching Life Science Concepts in Early Childhood

5. Teaching Life Science Concepts in Early Childhood

In this lesson, you will learn about the strategies, activities, teaching materials, tools, and technology that can be used to teach elementary students about life science.

Teaching Ecology & Environmental Science Concepts in Early Childhood

6. Teaching Ecology & Environmental Science Concepts in Early Childhood

When students learn about ecology and environmental science, they begin to appreciate the world better. This lesson explains the background, strategies, and activities used to teach the concepts.

Teaching Earth & Space Science Concepts in Early Childhood

7. Teaching Earth & Space Science Concepts in Early Childhood

Ready to launch your students' minds into space and beyond!? This lesson covers the methods, strategies, and activities for early childhood learning in earth and space science.

Teaching Physics & Chemistry Concepts in Early Childhood

8. Teaching Physics & Chemistry Concepts in Early Childhood

Science can be confusing, especially when teaching important physics and chemistry concepts to younger students. In this lesson, we discuss some concepts, strategies, and activities to help with this challenge.

Differentiated Instruction in Science

9. Differentiated Instruction in Science

In this lesson, we'll explain what differentiated instruction is in science. We'll look at explicit strategies to differentiate content for a classroom of regular education students and students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Project Based Learning for Science

10. Project Based Learning for Science

Project-based learning can be a useful tool for teaching science. This lesson will provide some examples and strategies for incorporating this method of teaching into your science classroom.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

11. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.

How Children Use Sensory Observations in Science

12. How Children Use Sensory Observations in Science

When students make observations in science they need to use all five senses. How does this work? This lesson describes how children use sensory observations in science and what that looks like in a learning environment.

How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems

13. How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems

What is science and technology, and how do we use them to solve society's problems? Learn about the many advances humans have made thanks to science, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

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