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EDUC 4284 - Consecutive Primary/Junior Science Class Notes

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Week # Class Outcomes (2 classes) Date
Week #1
  • Introductions
  • Passing out of Course Outline
  • What is Science and Technology
  • Discrepant Events
  • Assignment #1 What is Your Act of Green ?
  • Assignment #2 Teaching/Learning Strategies
  • Inquiry Activity - Building the Tallest Tower

Suggested Readings:

Understanding the True Meaning of Nature of Science

Toward Universal Scientific Literacy

Motivate the Unmotivated with ScientificDiscrepant Events

Week of Sept. 10
Week #2
  • Assignment #3 SMART Notebook
  • Examination (brief) of the Science and Technology Curriculum Document
  • One approach to teaching Science and Technology – Direct Instruction Science Experiment Overview
  • Inquiry Activity – Candle and Cylinder Mystery

Suggested Readings:

The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8: Science and Technology

The Full-Day Early Learning – Kindergarten Program (2010 – 2011) http://tiny.cc/1f7qjw

Steps of the Scientific Method (2 pages)

Direct Instruction

Direct Instruction: Is It the Most Effective Science Teaching Strategy?

The Process Skills of Inquiry

Week of Sept. 17

Week #3

  • Constructivist Learning Theory
  • The Greening of Classrooms – Environmental Education
  • Inquiry Activity – The Quicker Picker Upper
  • Inquiry Activity – Outdoor Investigations

Suggested Readings:
Constructivism and Student Misconceptions: Why Every Teacher Needs to Know About Them
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The Greening of Ontario’s Curriculum

Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow (Ontario Ministry of Education)

Week of Sept. 24
Week #4
  • Welcome Back!
  • Inhibiting Factors in Science
  • Introduction to Egg Drop
  • Mystery Powder Investigation

Suggested Readings:
5 Good Reasons for Using Science Notebooks (5 pages)

Safety in the Elementary (K – 6) Science Classroom

Week of Oct. 22
Week 5
  • Egg Drop (1st class of the Week)
  • Introduction to Catapult Chaos (2nd class of the Week)

Suggested Readings:
Connecting with other Disciplines (2 pages)

Catapult Chaos” Activity Sheet

Week of Oct. 29
Week #6
  • “Catapult Chaos”
  • The Process and Communication Skills of Science
  • Habits of Mind (Attitudinal)
  • Teachers’ Beliefs

Suggested Reading:
The Process Skills of Inquiry
This reading was assigned in Week Two – if you didn’t read it then, you should read it now.

Week of Nov. 5
Week #7
  • Sustainability
  • Project Wild (In the Surtees Gym – first class of the Week)
Week of Dec. 3
Week #8
  • Creative Thinking in the Classroom
  • Technology in Science Programs
  • Learning Centres

Suggested Readings:
Learning Centers (3 pages)

Classroom Organization (10 pages)
Inquiry-based Learning, the Nature of Science, and Computer Technology: New Possibilities in Science Education (2005) (8 pages)

Assessment for Learning (4 pages)

Week of Dec.10

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