Science World : Natural Answers to Read: A Guide for Teachers on Teaching Science
The guide uses upbeat research-based writing, visuals, and language that engages the reader. And this guide offers different ways to get students interested in science and discoveries, from quiet reading and labs to hands-on experiments.
This guidebook is a great way to help teachers develop their own classroom science stories. “The kinds of science stories that spark student interest are many, and often involve a mix of concepts,” Long says. “Focusing on a few key areas for teaching science can be helpful for teachers and students alike. We recommend focusing on the themes and concepts that have the most immediate and practical implications for students.”
By careful choosing the topics, Long says, teachers can help connect science, including elementary school, to a much more engaged and engaged audience. This way, science lessons aren’t just fun but effective.
Three lessons illustrate each author’s strategies. “The first two examples are our favorites from the research guide,” Long says. “The illustrated case studies in the fourth lesson, ‘Classroom in a Day,’ are an excellent example of how to tell students a science story effectively in a broad-based setting. The example in the fifth lesson, ‘Introduction to Physics,’ demonstrates the power of the same type of storytelling to engage students in STEM topics.”
These lessons explain how to teach scientific topics such as the atomic structure of atomic nuclei or explore the concept of energy in interstellar space. Long encourages teachers to follow these examples to help students understand more about the concepts taught.
• Standard reference sheet (Chapter 12): One size fits all (i.e., no topics to re-explain)
• Hypotheses and Problems: A demonstration of concepts and illustrating the problems students should solve
• Wide-ranging diagrams of parts of the body
• Research-based writing (Chapter 4): Explaining topics through evidence-based writing
• Blended Methods: Explaining topics through experiments or attempts to understand the basic ideas without actually understanding them
• Interaction Storybook: Explaining topics through jumping-off points
The pared-down version of this guide, available as an ebook, can be found here.