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EDU-312-20, Science in Elem School (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Juliann Dupuis

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Special/Wednesday/5:30 – 9:30 p.m., 04/10/2013-5/22/2013 


This course is designed to provide students with an overview of science education in the elementary school.  Focus will be on the teaching of concepts and processes in science.  Students will become familiar with the National Science Education Standards,  and the Maryland State Department of Education Science Standards and Common Core Standards.  Students will be instructed on daily lesson plans and long range planning.  Various teaching strategies, use of teacher resources, creating a safe and efficient learning environment, the need for differentiation, integration of curriculum, peer teaching and assessment of student learning will be examined.  This will be a web-enhanced course.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: During these sessions, participants will

  • develop lesson plans based on appropriate science, topic for elementary school, which include assessments of student learning.
  • Be able to guide effectively and safely children in the attainment of scientific concepts, scientific thinking, and engagement in the processes of science. Students will choose age-appropriate activities and methods of assessment
  • implement one component of a daily lesson plan which will be presented to peers in the classroom.
  • critique current educational science articles.
  • identify and locate teaching resources to assist in teaching the content of the elementary science programs.
  • suggest ways to integrate science into other areas of the curriculum.
  • examine and discuss the various types and uses of questions, assessment, and other teaching strategies.
  • investigate technology as a resource and teaching tool.

METHODS: Discussion, demonstrations, cooperative learning/group work, mini-lectures, media presentations, peer sharing, and peer teaching


The development of a professional attitude and high professional standards are important goals of this course.  In order to facilitate this, students will be expected to act professionally while performing activities in the classroom and in the field.  Full credit will not be given for unexcused late assignments.  Students are expected to be prepared and expected to participate in class discussions.  Sharing ideas and reactions to readings and field experiences is an important part of the learning process.  Absences or consistent lateness will lower course grade. The highest possible grade a student can earn if he/she misses a class is a B+. If a student misses more than one class or the equivalent, he/she will be unable to pass this course.


Koch, Janice. Science Stores: Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Fifth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.


-National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996 (Recommended- can also be accessed on line at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=4962)

-AAAS Project 2061. Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993 (Recommended)

-American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (1990).  Project 2061: Science for all Americans. New York: Oxford University Press. (Recommended)