Resources for Teaching Middle School Science

Author: Smithsonian Institution,National Academy of Engineering,National Science Resources Center of the National Academy of Sciences,Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309174749

Category: Education

Page: 496

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With age-appropriate, inquiry-centered curriculum materials and sound teaching practices, middle school science can capture the interest and energy of adolescent students and expand their understanding of the world around them. Resources for Teaching Middle School Science, developed by the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), is a valuable tool for identifying and selecting effective science curriculum materials that will engage students in grades 6 through 8. The volume describes more than 400 curriculum titles that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards. This completely new guide follows on the success of Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science, the first in the NSRC series of annotated guides to hands-on, inquiry-centered curriculum materials and other resources for science teachers. The curriculum materials in the new guide are grouped in five chapters by scientific area--Physical Science, Life Science, Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Multidisciplinary and Applied Science. They are also grouped by type--core materials, supplementary units, and science activity books. Each annotation of curriculum material includes a recommended grade level, a description of the activities involved and of what students can be expected to learn, a list of accompanying materials, a reading level, and ordering information. The curriculum materials included in this book were selected by panels of teachers and scientists using evaluation criteria developed for the guide. The criteria reflect and incorporate goals and principles of the National Science Education Standards. The annotations designate the specific content standards on which these curriculum pieces focus. In addition to the curriculum chapters, the guide contains six chapters of diverse resources that are directly relevant to middle school science. Among these is a chapter on educational software and multimedia programs, chapters on books about science and teaching, directories and guides to science trade books, and periodicals for teachers and students. Another section features institutional resources. One chapter lists about 600 science centers, museums, and zoos where teachers can take middle school students for interactive science experiences. Another chapter describes nearly 140 professional associations and U.S. government agencies that offer resources and assistance. Authoritative, extensive, and thoroughly indexed--and the only guide of its kind--Resources for Teaching Middle School Science will be the most used book on the shelf for science teachers, school administrators, teacher trainers, science curriculum specialists, advocates of hands-on science teaching, and concerned parents.
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Help! I'm Teaching Middle School Science

Author: C. Jill Swango

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 1933531800

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Page: 143

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Like your own personal survival guide, Help IOCOm Teaching Middle School Science is a nontechnical how-to manualOCoespecially for first-year teachers. But even veteran teachers can benefit from the plentiful ideas, examples, and tips on teaching science the way middle-schoolers learn best. The book covers all the basics: .: .; what to do on the first day of school (including icebreaker activities), .; preparing safe and effective lab lessons, .; managing the classroom, .; working with in-school teams as well as parents. But its practicalOCoand encouragingOCoapproach doesnOCOt mean it shortchanges the basics of effective pedagogy. YouOCOll learn: how to handle cooperative learning and assessment; how to help students write effectively and; the importance of modeling for early adolescents."
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Strategies for Successful Science Teaching

Author: Sharon Decter Brendzel

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761830375

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Strategies for Successful Science Teaching is an exciting new text for science education classes, and a supplement for teachers of science (especially new teachers). It is aimed at K-8 teachers, but can also help 9-12 teachers. For administrators and others, the book will quickly become a standard reference on current science education strategies. The book is a must-have for science educators. A comprehensive resource, it never loses sight of the wonder of science and the pleasure of teaching it.
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Transforming Middle School Science Education

Author: Paul DeHart Hurd

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807739228

Category: Education

Page: 99

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In this penetrating volume, Paul DeHart Hurd combines more than half a century of experience and current scholarship with his vision for improving the middle school science curriculum. While others have failed to center adolescents in science curricula, Hurd recognizes the biological, social, and emotional needs of this population. Looking toward the future to properly educate students now, Hurd’s curriculum presents today’s youth with the culture of science and technology that has import in their lives. The end result? An important contribution to the study of curriculum and a substantial pedagogical tool from an eminent thinker.
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Science for the Elementary and Middle School

Author: Edward Victor,Richard Dean Kellough

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780130213136

Category: Education

Page: 653

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Text is appropriate for Elementary or Middle School Science Methods. This highly successful science methods text provides current sources of pedagogy, subject-matter content, and exploratory activities in science that are essential for a complete science course. The content correlates to the NSES (standards), examines the most effective teaching methods, and explores how science instruction can help children improve their knowledge and information processing skills. The experienced authors share the best of practice, the most useful research findings, and their richest experiences. Appropriate for education courses, the text is designed to instruct future educators in the fundamentals of teaching science at the elementary and middle school levels.* Presents strategies that integrate learning-Provides illustrations of how they may be used. * Increases the emphasis on how students can access science information and make sense of it through the use of visual and technological tools. * More than 750 activities and experiments for the elementary school curriculum-Includes exploratory activities that teachers can use immediately. * These useful activities ensure that students take a han
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Tutorial Distance Learning

Rebuilding Our Educational System

Author: Alfred Bork,Sigrun Gunnarsdottir

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401006369

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Learning is a critical worldwide problem for humans, essential to create a peaceful and happy world. We have serious problems in learning in both wealthy and poor areas. New approaches to learning are needed, as the current system may not rise to the new challenges. This book proposes a new strategy for learning, worldwide and for all ages of students. Computer-based distance learning would be the major delivery mechanism, with very large numbers of students. The very frequent interactions between the student and the computer would be like that with a skilled human teacher. These interactions would take place in the student's native language, in both directions. A typical interaction would be a question to a student, and a free-form student response. Both voice and keyboard student input would be possible. The learning programs would work with each student until mastery is achieved, adapting to the needs of each. Students would be active learners. The book begins with the problems and goals of learning. It considers possible forms of distance learning, looking at the variables involved, current examples of distance learning, and possible future forms including examples from science fiction. It then investigates student interactions, considering both frequency of interactions and the quality of each interaction. Programs developed in the Educational Technology Center at the University of California, Irvine, illustrate the critical idea of tutorial learning with computers. Production of tutorial learning material and costs for a student hour of learning is discussed. The book ends with suggestions for future progress. Current hardware and software is fully adequate for the tasks described. Development of all required learning units is a major activity. After this development, both better quality of learning and lower costs are very likely. Further experimental work is essential to understand the possibilities.
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Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-grades Science

Author: N.A

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325004174

Category: Education

Page: 271

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This book presents a framework for decision making, provides an overview of the curriculum decision-making process, and contains detailed information on a variety of science curricula and curriculum resources.
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Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry

A Case Study Approach

Author: Douglas Llewellyn

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9780761939382

Category: Education

Page: 210

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Acknowledging the importance of national standards, offers case studies, tips, and tools to encourage student curiosity and improve achievement in science.
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Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition

A Practical STEM Guide

Author: Olaf Jorgenson,Rick Vanosdall,Vicki Massey,Jackie Cleveland

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 1938946634

Category: Education

Page: 245

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“We are among those who have come to enjoy the blossoming intellects, often comical behaviors, and insatiable curiosity of middle schoolers—and choose to work with them! With more than 130 years of combined experience in the profession, we’ve gathered a lot of ideas to share. We know from our interactions with educators around the country that precious few quality resources exist to assist science teachers ‘in the middle,’ and this was a central impetus for updating Doing Good Science in Middle School.” —From the preface This lively book contains the kind of guidance that could only come from veterans of the middle school science trenches. The authors know you’re crazy-busy, so they made the book easy to use, whether you want to read it cover to cover or pick out sections to help you with lesson planning and classroom management. They also know you face new challenges, so they thoroughly revised this second edition to meet the needs of today’s students. The book contains: • big-picture concepts, such as how to understand middle school learners and explore the nature of science with them; • a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction, aligned with A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards; • 10 new and updated teacher-tested activities that integrate STEM with literacy skill-building; • information on best instructional practices and professional-development resources; and • connections to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. If you’re a new teacher, you’ll gain a solid foundation in how to teach science and engineering practices while better understanding your often-enigmatic middle-grade students. If you’re a veteran teacher, you’ll benefit from a fresh view of what your colleagues are doing in new times. Either way, Doing Good Science in Middle School is a rich opportunity to reaffirm that what you do is “good science.”
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