#elemchat - March 17, 2012


Title: Science in the elementary: How to balance inquiry, guided experimentation and content area reading - RESOURCES


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  • Q1: What are the broad, overarching goals of science in an elementary context? (inquiry, experimentation, environmental awareness, understanding of the world around them)
  • Q2: In a day when knowledge bases are evolving and intertwined, What does the term “science” encompass?
  • Q3: How can a student-driven science inquiry be reconciled with accountability for content standards? ... sometimes feels like too much for in depth, student-driven learning!)
  • Q4: What are effective strategies for helping students think critically, act in environmentally ethical ways?
  • Q5: How can we use the outdoors as an instructional environment?
  • Q6: How can science be integrated with other subject areas in a meaningful way?
  • Q7: What place does content area reading have in elementary science class, where experimentation is so important?
  • Q8: How can the study of science be made more authentic for elementary learners? Is it a venue for creating global connections?
  • Q9: What are deep, meaningful ways to make science come alive for elementary students?
  • Q10: Do science textbooks have a place in today’s elementary social studies class?
  • Q11: What proportion of science should be devoted to experimentation? Content area reading?
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