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Best Practices for Teaching Science
What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do

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April 2007 | 112 pages | Corwin

Connect your students to science projects that are intriguing and fun!

Let Randi Stone and her award-winning teachers demonstrate tried-and-tested best practices for teaching science in diverse elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Linked to companion volumes for teaching writing and mathematics, this resource for new and veteran educators helps build student confidence and success through innovative approaches for raising student achievement in science, such as:

  • Expeditionary learning, technology and music, and independent research study
  • Model lessons in environmental studies and real-world science
  • Inquiry-based strategies using robotics, rockets, straw-bale greenhouses, "Project Dracula," "Making Microbes Fun," and more!

With engaging activities weaving through science fact and fiction to lead learners on intriguing journeys of discovery, this guide is sure to fascinate and inspire both you and your students!


 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
About the Contributors
Peter M. Menth, California
1. Expeditionary Learning Receives Prestigious Toyota Tapestry Grant: Project Dracula
Stanley A. Wawrzyniak, New Hampshire
2. Less Is More . . . Really
Douglas L. Bailer, Alabama
3. More Than Just Rockets
Carol J. Skousen, Utah
4. Gravity
Jason E. Hughes, West Virginia
5. Making Microbes Fun
Sally Ogilvie, Utah
6. Building Our Curriculum as We Build a Straw-Bale Greenhouse
Kim Reining Gray, Georgia
7. Real-World Science Engagement
Mark Goldner, Massachusetts
8. A Method for Inquiry Science
Brenda Zabel, Nebraska
9. Using Technology and Music to Motivate Science Students
Cindy Corlett, Colorado
10. The Power of Building a Positive Classroom Climate
Pam Roller, Indiana
11. Mission Possible
Lindsey Prentice, Indiana
12. Robots: From Science Fiction to Science Fact
Deborah Perryman, Illinois
13. A Different Kind of Service
Nancy Elliott, Missouri
14. Environmental Studies Enhance Middle School Education
Jeff Shull, Michigan
15. An Independent Student Research Program Implemented in a Rural Michigan Community
Jeff Shull, Michigan
16. An Inquiry-Based, Student-Centered Approach
Frieda Taylor Aiken, Georgia
17. One Very Special Evening of Science
 
Index

"Wonderful things are going on in classrooms all around the country. Each of the teachers' stories in this volume provides a look into their classrooms. You will find ideas that can be used or modified in your work."

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Key features
  • 17 tried-and-tested best practices for teaching inquiry-based science to elementary, middle school, and high school learners
  • Award-winning classroom teachers model and explain how to use robotics, rockets, straw-bale greenhouses, expedition learning, technology and music, independent research study, and much more
  • Companion volumes feature strategies for teaching Writing and Mathematics

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