TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCE 3310-02 SUMMER 2003 by niusheng11

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									          TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: SCE 3310-02

Dr. Robert Everett ED 122R                  Office Hrs.: TBA
Phone: (407) 823-5788                        E-mail: everett@mail.ucf.edu
Home Page: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~everett

Course Design - SCE 3310 is designed to help students learn to teach science to children in ways in
which are consistent with what is known about science as well as what is known about the physical,
emotional, and cognitive development of children in contemporary society.

Texts - NA

Goals and Objectives - SCE 3310 is designed to prepare you to incorporate the Florida Educator
Accomplished Practices/Professional Education Competencies (FEAP/PEC - 8, 10 & 12) within a
science, teaching setting; and implement the Florida Sunshine State Standards (FSSS) and English
Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) strategies (ESOL - 5, 6, 12, 15, 16 & 18; PEC - 14).
Additional standards from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI - II, III,
IV, V & VI) and Technology will be met. NOTE: Activities linked with a FEAP can be used,
along with the evidence produced, to meet LiveText and portfolio requirements. By the conclusion
of SCE 3310, you will be able to:

1) display knowledge of science content (FSSS) and applications in life, physical, and earth/space
    science.
2) develop, design and teach lessons that relate science concepts to appropriate mental and physical
   abilities of children. (FEAP/PEC – 8, 10 & 12) (ESOL – 5, 6, 12, 16 & 18; PEC -14))
3) demonstrate competence in assessment and teaching methods and strategies; and management
   and safety skills which encourage inquiry and creativity as children investigate their
   environment.
4) identify science teaching resources found both within and beyond the school setting, including
   computer and technology resources. (FEAP/PEC – 8 & 12) (ESOL – 5 & 15)
5) communicate justifiable reasons for teaching science in the elementary school.

Assessment - Total points = 500

 Exams (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
 Final Reflection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
 Computer/Technology Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
 Readings and Resource Summaries/Reflections (4) . . . . . . . 80
 Textbook Reviews (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
 Science Mini-Lesson (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Grading Scale: 450-500 = A,       400-449 = B,    350-399 = C,     300-349 = D,     Below 300 = F

Attendance and Class Participation: Since this class is hands-on in nature, being present is vital for
successful completion. Sometimes missing class is unavoidable. Please let me know if you must
miss class.
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                                       COURSE OUTLINE

 Getting Organized to Teach Science: Introduction
 Defining Science: The Dual Nature of Science
 Modular Science Programs
 Facts, Concepts, Generalizations, and Inferences
 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Process Skills and Hands-On Science
       Several activities in this section will require students to
       communicate data results in graph format. These graphs
       can be used for FEAP/PEC and ESOL purposes. The activities are:
       Film Canister Rockets What Affects the Rate of Swing of a Pendulum?
       Which Brand of Paper Towels Absorbs the Most Water?
       (FEAP/PEC - 8 & 10) (ESOL - 5, 6, 12 & 18; PEC - 14)                                EXAM #1

 Psychological Bases for Teaching Science, Science Standards
 Science Teaching Models: Experiential, Discovery & Inquiry
 Modes of Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Attitudes
 Textbook Approaches to Elementary Science
 Testing, Evaluation, Assessment, ESOL Strategies                                         EXAM #2

 Measurement and the Metric System
 Physical Science: Chemistry & Physics
 Life Science
    Several hands-on activities will be done in this section.
    The following will include a hand-out that can be used
    for FEAP/PEC and ESOL purposes.
      Blood Compatibility with Food Coloring
      (FEAP/PEC – 8 & 10) (ESOL – 5, 6, 12 & 18; PEC - 14)
 Integrating Science with other Subjects                                     FINAL REFLECTION

                          RESOURCE SUMMARIES/REFLECTIONS

Twenty points will be allotted for each summary/reflection turned in on time (Hard Copies Please).
Complete summaries/reflections consist of one page listing: (a) your name, and due date (b)
complete bibliographic information (e.g., author or producer, date, title, publication, publisher,
pertinent pages), (c) brief summary of the content of the reading or resource, and (d) your reflective
reaction to the material. Summaries/reflections must be typed or word processed. Some of the
resources are in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC). Summaries/reflections are due on dates
indicated and are as follows:

Due Date:

TBA - One of the lessons from either Activities Integrating Math and Science (AIMS) or Great
      Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS). (CMC)

TBA - An article from a children's science periodical such as Wonder Science (CMC), Ranger
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       Rick (CMC), National Geographic Kids (CMC), 3-2-1 Contact!, Your Big Backyard, or
       Zoobooks.

TBA - One of the following: An activity from Grow Lab, Ten - Minute Field Trips, Project
      WILD (CMC), or a review of a science related television show pertinent to the teaching
      of science to elementary students.

TBA - Your choice of an article from Science and Children, a National Science Teachers
      Association (NSTA) journal. (Main Library)

                                     TEXTBOOK REVIEWS

Students in groups will review and evaluate two elementary school science textbooks. This will be
a classroom activity. We’ll go to the CMC and look at some of the current textbooks. An
evaluation form will be provided. (20 total pts.) (FEAP/PEC - 8 & 10) (ESOL - 5 & 15; PEC - 14)

                        COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY ASSIGNMENT

Students will judge 5 Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF) projects on-line. (Spring
Semester Only) (Fall and Summer Semesters) Students will summarize and reflect on an
elementary science web site. The site must be age appropriate and include a classroom activity.
(65 total pts.) (FEAP/PEC - 8 & 12) (ESOL – 15; PEC - 14)

                                 THE SCE 3310 MINI-LESSON

Students are required to design a 15-20 minute hands-on lesson to teach to members of their SCE
3310 class. The lesson must teach a specific science concept, process, or attitude. Prepare copies
of your lesson plan to distribute to other class members (Hard Copies Please). Lessons must
be typed. This is the semester’s cumulative product. Your written lesson plan, teaching strategies
and methods must incorporate FSSS, FEAP/PEC, and ESOL strategies. (FEAP/PEC - 8, 10 & 12)
(ESOL - 5, 6, 12, 15, 16 & 18; PEC - 14) I will provide a sign-up sheet for students to choose a
date and topic. Please adhere to this schedule. A total of 75 points is given for this assignment.

Some questions to consider in planning the lesson are: What scientific knowledge, skill, or attitude
do you want students to have at the conclusion of the lesson? What discovery/inquiry approach
will you use? What Science Standards are you implementing? What ESOL Strategies are you
using? How much guidance will you need to give special needs students, ESOL students, etc.?
How will you initially attract students' attention? How will you relate the topic or situation to the
student? What materials will you use? How will you group students? How will you distribute
materials to the class? How will you retrieve materials at the end of the lesson? How will you take
care of any necessary 'clean-up'? What will you do with students who 'finish early’? Are you
using materials to teach a skill? or to introduce a concept? or to convey an attitude? or to do any
two or all three of these? What directions will you give your students? What will you let them
figure out for themselves? What questions will you ask your students? Can they answer the
questions 'on their own' or by using the materials without your telling them the answer? How will
you assess student learning, including those with special needs, ESOL, etc.?
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You may use any materials or equipment we have available in our supply room for your lesson.
Just let me know ahead of time. The format of your written lesson plan MUST be as follows:
1) Title 2) Grade Level 3) Objectives written in terms of expected student behaviors and
identification of Florida Sunshine State Science Standards and ESOL Strategies. 4) Materials -
List the materials used in your lesson. 5) Content Overview - Include a short paragraph that
gives pertinent content information about your lesson. (terms, definition(s) of science concept(s)
taught, etc.)
6) Process Skill(s) - List the major process skill(s) the lesson develop(s). Use the AAAS list. The
ones covered in class. 7) Instructional Procedures - Include a way to introduce the lesson and
procedures to follow in teaching the lesson. Suggest specific questions to be used in guiding the
students' thinking through the various process skills emphasized in the lesson.
8) Evaluation/Assessment Procedures 9) References - Reference your activity. Optional: List
follow-up references where elementary students can learn additional information about the topic of
the lesson.

Important dates:
TBA

Important websites:
http://reach.ucf.edu/~elemed1 (the elementary education site)
http://reach.ucf.edu/~edintern (the clinical experiences site)
http://reach.ucf.edu/~studtesol (the student TESOL site: ID=tesolguest
password=tesol)
http://ftcek6.education.ucf.edu/ (online help for FTCE: subject area exam)

Key to FEAP/PEC and ESOL Standards/PEC - 14:
FEAP 8 - Knowledge of Subject Matter
FEAP 10 - Planning
FEAP 12 - Technology

PEC – 14:
ESOL 5 - Determine and use appropriate instructional methods and strategies for individuals and groups,
using knowledge of first and second language acquisition processes.
ESOL 6 - Apply current and effective ESOL teaching methodologies in planning and delivering instruction
to LEP students.
ESOL 12 - Apply content-based ESOL strategies to instruction.
ESOL 15 - Evaluate, select and employ appropriate instructional materials, media and technology for ESOL
at elementary, middle and high school levels.
ESOL 16 - Design and implement effective unit plans and daily lesson plans to meet the needs of LEP
students within the context of the regular classroom.
ESOL 18 - Create a positive classroom environment to accommodate the learning styles and cultural
backgrounds of students.

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED MINI-LESSON ASSESSMENT RUBRIC. THIS IS TO BE
GIVEN TO ME DIRECTLY PRECEDING YOUR PRESENTATION, ALONG WITH YOUR WRITTEN
LESSON PLAN. READ THROUGH YOUR LESSON PLAN CAREFULLY. BE SURE YOU HAVE
ADDRESSED ALL ASSESSMENT ITEMS AND ARE FOLLOWING THE REQUIRED FORMAT. ALSO,
REMEMBER TO PRESENT ON YOUR SCHEDULED DAY AND PROVIDE COPIES TO ALL OF YOUR
CLASSMATES.
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               MINI-LESSON ASSESSMENT RUBRIC            SCE 3310

NAME: _________________________________________________                 PTS.

TITLE _____________________________________ (3 PTS.)                 ___________

OBJECTIVES STATED IN BEHAVIORAL TERMS
WERE SCIENCE STANDARDS IMPLEMENTED?
WERE ESOL STRATEGIES USED? (5 PTS)                                  ___________

MATERIALS IDENTIFIED (5 PTS.)                                        ___________

CONTENT OVERVIEW ADEQUATE FOR TEACHING LESSON (5 PTS.)               ___________

PROCESS SKILLS IDENTIFIED (5 PTS.)                                   ___________

DID STUDENT PRESENT ON ASSIGNED DAY? (5 PTS.)                        ___________

DID STUDENT MAKE LESSON PLAN COPIES
FOR EVERY CLASS MEMBER? (5 PTS)                                      ___________


INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES

INTRODUCTION (3 PTS.)                                                ___________

PROCEDURE CLEARLY DESCRIBED AND SEQUENCED (5 PTS.)                   ___________

QUESTIONS APPROPRIATE TO GUIDE ACTIVITIES
AND PROMOTE THINKING (5 PTS.)                                       ___________

CLOSURE USED TO REINFORCE LESSON (5 PTS.)                           ___________

CREATIVITY, EVALUATION, REFERENCES AND EXTENSIONS

EVALUATION/ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE OUTLINED (5 PTS.)                    ___________

REFERENCES AND EXTENSIONS GIVEN (5 PTS.)                            ___________

CREATIVITY (4 PTS.)                                                  ___________

OVERALL PRESENTATION (10 PTS.)                                       ___________
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                                               TOTAL POINTS (75):    ___________
COMMENTS BY EVALUATOR:

								
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