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Tools & Resources for Science Instruction - Chapter Summary
Many licensure and certification assessments require you to demonstrate knowledge of your field as well as skills as an educator, and this chapter on tools and resources for science instruction can give you a thorough recap of both. After completing the chapter you should feel more knowledgeable about:
- Choosing educational resources for young learners
- Classroom applications of manipulatives
- Utilizing models and artifacts as teaching tools
- Incorporating media for comprehensive learning
- Basic scientific tools for young students
- Tools for collecting data and conducting tests
- Essential lab safety techniques and equipment
- Technology in a standard science class
- Analyses and experiments utilizng technology
Each of our short lessons provides detailed information including vocabulary words, definitions, and explanations of essential topics. Some terms link to other lessons for more background information if needed. Plus, the chapter lessons were developed by real teachers, so you can be certain the information is based on practical experience. Furthermore, our instructors review the requirements for various assessments so they know which topics to address when it comes to questions about teaching students.
1. 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.
2. Manipulatives in Education: Definition, Examples & Classroom Applications
Find out what manipulatives are and how they're used in an educational setting. Learn how to apply manipulatives to lessons in your classroom. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
3. Using Artifacts & Models in the Classroom
As a teacher, you can make any topic engaging. This lesson will introduce models and artifacts and describe how you can add these to your lessons to make your lessons more engaging to students.
4. Using Media to Enhance Learning
There are a variety of ways to facilitate student learning beyond the traditional lecture. Learn how you can use various forms of media to enhance learning in your classroom.
5. Simple Scientific Tools & Uses for Kids
Discover the many scientific tools that kids can use to investigate the world around them and exercise their curiosity. Learn about a few examples of how to use these tools. See how much you can remember with a quiz.
6. Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection
A properly run experiment depends on using the right tools, both for data collection and analysis. In the end, it will save you time, money and frustration to spend some time planning out which tools are most appropriate for your work.
7. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
8. 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.
9. Using Technology in Scientific Experiments & Analysis
How is technology used in scientific experiments? How is it used to analyze data? Learn about how science and technology are related, and then take a quiz to see what you've picked up.
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