When science is integrated into all
aspects of the elementary
curriculum, students begin to understand its relevance and relationship to their daily lives outside the classroom.
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Fraser Davidson has created this wonderful new animated video to accompany Feynman's musings on the nature of beauty. Of course, the audio portion was first seen and heard as part of "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out".
Richard Feynman, a Scientist and Engineer, is a past winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Science in an integral part of the engineering design process based on the following definition:
In fact the new common core science standards states that you can't teach science without engineering.
In this way, we can segue way to learning about a new topic in science or be used to reinforce the science we have just learned.
Use the strands from the science framework to filter the design concept you choose.
Science Learning Methods:
1 Hands-on Approach. Children need active opportunities to manipulate science, to handle science, and to get down and dirty with science. A hands-on approach to science has long been promulgated as one of the most effective instructional strategies for any elementary teacher.
2 Process Orientation. Focusing on the processes of science (e.g., observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting, communicating, and experimenting) helps students appreciate science as a "doing" subject, one that never ends, but rather offers multiple opportunities for continuing examination and discovery.
3 Integrated Curriculum. When science is integrated into all aspects of the elementary curriculum, students begin to understand its relevance and relationship to their daily lives outside the classroom. Children begin to comprehend the effect science has on daily activities, both in the present and in the future.
4 Cooperative Learning. When children are given opportunities to share ideas, discuss possibilities, and investigate problems together, they can benefit enormously from the background knowledge of their peers, as well as from the strength that comes from a group approach to learning.
5 Critical Thinking. One of the issues classroom teachers have wrestled with for many years concerns the need to help students become independent thinkers.
6 Questioning. Begin with a hypothesis and continue to ask questions as a way to learn.
In other words, effective science instruction
is not dependent on helping students memorize lots of
scientific information, but rather on assisting them in
being able to use that data in productive and mutually
Source= principles of science instruction
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