#understanding elementary science

Teaching science @ elementary can be challenging for many teachers.  I include myself in that category!  For some it is natural but for me it wasn’t.  I refuse to be of the opinion that it is because boys are better at science than girls…so I am learning! It can’t be that hard?  Right??  

For me to do the best job I can helping myself and any of you become more effective in elementary science I started with the practices below and did lots of “Close Reading” to grow more dendrites.  I also started hanging around science people and listening and learning from them.

Straight from the Next Generation Science Standards are the “8 Science and Engineering Practices.”

  1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  2. Developing and Using Models
  3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Simple RIGHT?

I am probably dating myself with this post as many of you have had STEM training and developed lessons based on STEM.  So take the information if you want it!  Maybe an Anchor Chart for Kiddos?  Or a review for you?

Just remember Science can be our “ticket in the door” for many students that are struggling readers and writers.  Use that ticket as often as you can!

You are almost to Spring Break..Hang in there!

Susan