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Teaching Science Concepts in STEM Classrooms - Chapter Summary
Let these lessons on teaching science concepts in STEM classrooms provide you with the tools that can help you teach your students how to conduct a science experiment, apply the principles of scientific inquiry and design a science project. You will find materials covering these topics:
- How to create an inquiry-based science environment and design an experiment
- Ways to use child-friendly projects to teach science and select resources
- Means of introducing technology into the science classroom
- Suggestions and questions for science fair projects
- Examples of science notebook rubrics
- Lesson plan for scientific observation
These materials are designed to make learning science fun and easy. The lessons are short, entertaining and informative, with a quick quiz to ensure retention and comprehension. Expert instructors provide maximum information in minimal time, and the chapter test ensures overall understanding of the material.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: You will find kid-friendly ways to help your students develop their natural curiosity and interest in science.
- Teaches proper usage: The tools presented here will help you design comprehensive lessons in science inquiry and experimentation.
- Enhances student understanding: These lessons provide examples of rubrics and a lesson plan that will help you ensure that your students understand scientific observation and procedures.
Successful completion of the chapter should enable you to:
- Design interesting, comprehensive lessons on scientific observation
- Discuss how to design a science experiment based on the inquiry process
- Develop ideas for science fair projects
- Create kid-friendly projects to teach science to young students
- Choose appropriate resources for teaching science in the early grades
1. Providing an Inquiry-Based Science Environment
What is an inquiry-based science environment? Learn 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, in this lesson.
2. Teaching Strategies for Elementary Science
In this lesson, we discuss various strategies for teaching science in elementary school, including the concept of cooperative learning and the importance of the STEM program.
3. Designing & Conducting Inquiry-Based Scientific Investigations
In this lesson you'll be exploring the exciting world of inquiry-based learning in science. If you're ready to have your students lead the lessons and create their own questions about the world, this is the place to start.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Technology in the Science Classroom
Technology integration in the science classroom can be approached in several different ways. In this lesson, we'll look at technology integration from a conventional inquiry-based instruction approach, as well as the levels of technology integration that can be applied to the science classroom.
7. Science Fair Project: Ideas & Questions
This lesson will walk you through the process involved in developing student science projects. It will provide insight on how you can structure the overall process and identify common struggles students may encounter along the way.
8. Science Notebook Rubric Examples
This lesson will provide different strategies for developing appropriate science notebook rubrics for elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms. Read on for some examples of such rubrics you can use to complement your science lessons.
9. Scientific Observation Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce students to scientific observations and questioning. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the scientific process, and make their own real-world observations.
10. 24 Hour Science Project Ideas
A good science fair project moves students through the scientific process, but it doesn't have to take a lot of time. These projects provide students the opportunity to design an experiment that can be assembled in less than 24 hours.
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