ED-304 Science Methods

Course Description: This course stresses developing the scientific habits of the mind (curiosity, observation, creativity and skepticism); using the scientific method; understanding of the FSM Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks-Science and using Unifying Principles, to produce curriculum packets for elementary school teachers. Additionally, students prepare a document 30 Science Fair Ideas for science fairs in the elementary schools while maintaining all work on an electronic portfolio.

  • Prerequisite Course(s): Admission the COM-FSM Third Year Certificate Program

A.   PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):

The student will be able to
1. Demonstrate comprehension and application of the FSM elementary school curriculum standards.
2. Apply a variety of teaching approaches to meet learning needs of FSM elementary school students.
3. Assess and evaluate learning of the elementary student at both the formative and summative levels.
4. Organize and manage an elementary classroom environment for learning.
5. Demonstrate comprehension and application of learning theories and principles, human development, language development, educational foundations, socio-cultural issues, technology and strategies for teaching students with special needs.
6. Demonstrate professionalism.

B.        STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – General:                                 The student will be able to
1. Define any science based upon the underlying principles that underpin a given science.
2. Develop science lesson packets to include lessons plans, readings, worksheets, glossaries, puzzles, and assessments based upon the FSM science standards for elementary school teachers and elementary school libraries.
3. Demonstrate science principles and use of the Scientific Method by developing science fair project/experiments for the document 30 Science Fair Ideas.
4. Develop a teacher/student instructions section to introduce the 30 Science Fair Ideas document and tables for units of measurements for an appendix.
5. Explain how the scientific habits of the mind are developed by taking the ED304 Science Methods course and how the scientific habits of the mind can be developed in students when teaching science in elementary schools.

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

PLO6

1

   D

   D

 

 

   I

 

2

   D

   D

   D

 

   I

   D

3

   D

   D

   D

 

   I

   D

4

   D

   D

 

 

   I

 

5

   D

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.        STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – Specific:

General SLO 1. Define any science based upon the underlying principles that underpin a given science.


Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Define and explain Life Science using the four (4) basic principles stated in the text.

Quiz and/or exercises.  Rubric grading is used with indicators found in required texts.

1.2 Define and explain Physical Science using the four (4) basic principles stated in the text.

Quiz or exercises.  Rubric grading is used with indicators found in required texts.

1.3 Define and explain the remaining sciences found in the FSM science standards according to underlying principles.

Quiz or exercises.  Rubric grading is used with indicators provided by the class after working in triads.
(Student work is copied and retained in electronic portfolio)

General SLO 2. Develop science lesson packets to include lessons plans, readings, worksheets, glossaries, puzzles, and assessments based upon the FSM science standards for elementary school teachers and elementary school libraries.


Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Construct proper Student Learning Outcomes for topics chosen or assigned by instructor.

Quiz and/or worksheets

2.2 Construct sample and basic lesson plans that conform to underlying principles of life and physical science and the FSM science standards.

Checked using COM-FSM approved training form

2.3 Construct sample and basic lesson plans that conform to underlying principles in all science areas of the FSM science standards.

Checked using COM-FSM approved training form

2.4 Find and copy or make an elementary level Reading

Fry Readability at 8.0 or below

2.5 Make glossaries, worksheets, puzzles and assessments for the lesson plan and packet.

Rubric grading 
(Student work is copied and retained in electronic portfolio)

General SLO 3. Demonstrate science principles and use of the Scientific Method by developing science fair project/experiments for the document 30 Science Fair Ideas


Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Explain the Scientific Method/Process and give examples that demonstrate the Scientific Method/Process.

Quiz and midterm.

 

3.2 Create a template format outlining the procedures for a Science Fair project/experiment.

Approved ED304 criteria form.

3.3 Provide thirty (30) ideas/projects for the 30 Science Fair Ideas document.

Approved ED304 criteria form
(Student work is copied and retained in electronic portfolio)

General SLO 4. Develop a teacher/student instructions section to introduce the 30 Science Fair Ideas document and tables for units of measurement for an appendix.


Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Make an introduction section for the 30 Science Fair Ideas titled Scientific Thinking Notes explaining the major concepts that are key elements of a Science Fair.

Rubric with indicators from text.

 

4.2 Provide tables for units of measure for distance, volume, time, mass and temperature as an appendix to 30 Science Fair Ideas.

4.2 Rubric measured against indicators in texts’ appendices.
(Student work is copied and retained in electronic portfolio)

General SLO 5. Explain how the scientific habits of the mind are developed by taking the ED304 Science Methods course and how the scientific habits of the mind can be developed in students when teaching science in elementary schools.


Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Strategies

5.1 Explain the benefits of placing and/or keeping and annual Science Fair in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and offering the 30 Science Fair Ideas as assistance.

Memorandum to Principal rubric graded

5.2 Summarize in writing what is found in the students own Memorandum to Principal; Scientific Thinking Notes; the thirty science fair/projects and the Appendix; for the document 30 Science Fair Ideas.

Final paper rubric graded
(Student work is copied and retained in electronic portfolio)

D.        COURSE CONTENT
Content reinforcement in the life, physical, marine, environmental, earth and space sciences
Science as Inquiry
Science Fair activities
Lesson planning for science
Creating curriculum material
Current news in science

E.        METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Use of teachers’ editions of science textbooks
Internet search
Internet interactives
Team collaboration
Learning science through Science Fairs
Lecture w/seminar

F.         REQUIRED TEXTS AND COURSE MATERIALS
MacDougall Littell Science Series, Life ScienceTeachers Edition; Evanston, IL, Houghton Mifflin, 2005 (or most recent edition).
MacDougall Littell Science Series, Physical ScienceTeachers Edition; Evanston, IL, Houghton Mifflin, 2005 (or most recent edition)
One (1) Flash Drive
Two (2) reams of copying paper

G.        REFERENCE MATERIALS
Internet
Learning Resource Centers

H.        INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.          EVALUATION
None

J.         CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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