Great Basin College

Course Syllabus

EDU 362: Teaching Science, Grades K-8

Spring 2006, 3 credits

 

 

Instructor: Becky Berg

Phone Number: 738-1436

WebCT access: http://webct.gbcnv.edu

 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

This course provides pre-service teachers with the theory, research, and best classroom practice related to science education. Students will be introduced to some of the materials, methods, and reasons for helping elementary children understand, perform, and appreciate science.

 

REQUIRED TEXT

Martin, Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach (4th Ed.)

 

 

LEARNER OUTCOMES (Correlated with INTASC principles)

INTASC Principals

Principle 1:

Making content meaningful

Principle 2:

Child development and learning theory

Principle 3:

Learning styles/diversity

Principle 4:

Instructional strategies/problem solving

Principle 5:

Motivation and behavior

Principle 6:

Communication/knowledge

Principle 7:

Planning for instruction

Principle 8:

Assessment

Principle 9:

Professional growth/reflection

Principle 10:

Interpersonal relationships

 

After successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

      develop an understanding of child development related to constructing scientific knowledge (INTASC Prin.2)

      formulate objectives (INTASC Prin.1 & 7)

      demonstrate knowledge of the impact of state and national standards on the teaching of science. (INTASC Prin.7)

      learn to question and to lead (INTASC Prin.4 & 6)

      develop and sequence standards based science lessons (INTASC Prin.1, 2, 4, 7))

      develop inquiry based science lessons (INTASC Prin.1, 2, 4, 7))

      practice and design investigations (INTASC Prin.1,4,7))

      relate science content to other content areas (INTASC Prin.1 & 4))

      reflect on and evaluate science instruction (INTASC Prin.9)

      demonstrate knowledge of science content (INTASC Prin.7)

      assess and communicate learning results using various methods of assessment, including technology-based assessments (INTASC Prin.8)

      develop science lessons and assessments that accommodate learner differences and different learning styles (INTASC Prin.3 & 8)

      demonstrate lessons and units to peers in a clear and effective manner (INTASC Prin. & 10)

      demonstrate knowledge and application of technology as tools in the learning process (INTASC Prin.6)

      relate the integration of teaching and technology to effect higher levels of learning in science (INTASC Prin. 4,6)

      utilize WebCT to foster meaningful reflections & web discussions (INTASC Prin.6, 9, 10))

 

DROPPING THE COURSE

 

If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline by contacting Admissions and Records at (775)753-2102, and completing the Course Withdraw Form.

      Officially withdrawing results in a W on your grade report. The W is not used in computer your cumulative GPA; it will appear on your transcript and be permanent.

      If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed averaged with zeros for work you have not completed.

 

COURSE OUTLINE OF TOPICS

Note: This outline is subject to change.

Date

Topic

Jan. 25th

        General Class Info: Syllabus, WebCT

        Introduction to Science Education

Feb. 1st

Processes of Science

Feb. 8th

Constructivism in Elementary Science Education

 

Feb. 15th

        Inquiry

        Blooms Taxonomy & Questioning Strategies in Science

 

Feb. 22nd

FOSS Science Kits and DRI Kits

Mar. 1st

TrackStar: Creating a hotlist of Interbet Resources for your Science Unit

Mar. 8th

Assessments in Science

Mar. 15th

D.I. in the Science Classroom

 

Mar. 22nd

WebQuests in Science

Mar. 29th

Spring Break-No New Postings

April 5th

Concept Mapping & Science

April 12th

Reading, Writing, & Literature in Science

April 19th

Collecting & Graphing Data in Science

May 3rd

        United Streaming

        Mining in the Classroom

May 10th

Share & Peer Edit Final Science Units

May 17th

Finals Week

 

METHOD OF ASSESSING LEARNING OUTCOMES

Throughout the course, you will be assessed through:

  • Online Web Discussions
  • Science Journals
  • Assigned Lessons & Activities
  • Online Quizzes
  • Final Science Unit

 

Note: The above list may include additions throughout the semester. Late assignments are not accepted.

 

GRADING SCALE

Letter Grade

Percentage

Grade Point Value

A

94-100

4.0

A-

90-93

3.7

B+

87-89

3.3

B

83-86

3.0

B-

80-82

2.7

C+

77-79

2.3

C

73-76

2.0

C-

70-72

1.7

D+

67-69

1.3

D

63-66

1.0

D-

60-62

0.7

F

0-59

0.0

 

 

To determine the final course grade, I will take your total points earned divided by the total points possible.

 

GRADE APPEALS

Should a student have concerns or complaints about the way grading is handled in this class, s/he should follow the steps of the official review process as stated on page 52 in the GBC General Catalog. Students should keep their graded work until the end of the semester when final grades are available in case there is any discrepancy in grades.

 

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Great Basin College is dedicated to education. Therefore, the college demands a high level of scholarly behavior and academic honesty. No form of academic dishonesty is acceptable. If two or more students turn in the same assignments, punitive measures as described in the Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.

 

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The ADA Officer, located in Berg Hall, will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. For more information or further assistance, please call 775-753-2271.