I teach elementary science methods to preservice and inservice teachers at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro GA. I also co-teach in a 5th grade science/social studies classroom at a local school as part of an long-term mentoring project. I am a STRONG believer in 'explore before explain' for almost any topic, but especially science. I am the District 8 Representative for the Georgia Science Teachers Association, and love helping make elementary science better for all students across the state.
Elementary Science for Students with Diverse Needs
Articles from Science and Children on teaching science for students with special needs or diversity needs.
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Mon, Mar 12, 2018 4:56 PM in Animal Habitats!
I recommend the article attached below.
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Mon, Mar 12, 2018 4:54 PM in How to encourage inquiry based learning
For social studies, I recommend these articles -
Mon, Mar 12, 2018 4:51 PM in Lesson Plan Ideas for the Water Cycle 5th grade
For fifth grade, I highly recommend the old Project WET activity - the Incredible Journey.
It is the best thing I have found to break up the misconception of a 3 stage circle water cycle, and instead show the diversity of ways water interacts with our world.
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Formative Assessment Probes: Embedding Formative Assessment Into the 5E Instructional Model
Mon, Mar 12, 2018 8:45 PM Yes! The article I didn't know I needed!
I am so excited for this article. I did not even know how much I needed (and my preservice teachers needed) this article until I used it this semester to great success. Two of the main ideas in my Science Methods course are learning to operationalize the 5e instructional model and improving formative assessment practices. This article helped my students see the overlap. Thank you!
The Early Years: An Activity for Every Child
Mon, Mar 12, 2018 8:35 PM Great example of planning for inclusion K-2
I will be using this article in my lesson on 5e science instruction for a class on Inclusive Strategies for Special Education majors. It does a great job of thinking through multiple opportunities to plan for inclusion in a science lesson.
Methods and Strategies: Drawing for Meaning
Mon, Mar 12, 2018 8:32 PM Drawing for and of Learning
Drawing is a very powerful scientific tool, but especially in the younger grades before writing becomes more natural for students. I love using science notebooks, and I love even more when those notebooks are filled with student generated ideas, images, models, and diagrams. I often use the idea of doing before and after diagrams to show student progress in conceptual understanding. Table is very helpful in seeing how drawing can be used across the science curriculum in K-2 and 3-5.
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