Astronomy for K-8 Preservice Teachers
Astronomy for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers is the space science content course in the integrated science teacher development sequence. The three-hour combined lecture/lab course requires students to work in teams to solve problems and think critically and creatively to actively explore the solar system and universe while developing pedagogical techniques to transmitting this content to K-8 students. Solar system bodies, motion of objects in the universe, solar evolution and human exploration of space are all discussed. Methods will include hands-on/minds-on experiences, inquiry-oriented investigations, constructivism, concept maps, group discussions, demonstrations, and student presentations. Students learn by doing hands-on, inquiry-based cooperative learning that will not be limited to scheduled labs and may also be done during lecture time. Students prepare a detailed classroom lesson related to the course content but do not actually engage in clinical activities with students at this point in their program.
For Dr. Mattox's reflections on the course and its design, see Astronomy for K-8 Teachers: Role in the Program.
- Increase content knowledge about the solar system, galaxy, and universe in order to solve problems and describe systems.
- Demonstrate confidence in presenting science in the classroom.
- Use different methods used to teach science and assess learning.
- Compile existing teaching resources and construct new inquiry-based classroom activities.
- Demonstrate fluency in Michigan science standards and familiarity with the MI Educational Assessment Program.
- Syllabus & Schedule (Microsoft Word 41kB Jan4 06) Listing of course requirements and timeline of course activities.
- Integrated Science Lesson Format (Microsoft Word 41kB Jan4 06) Format for student-generated lessons program-wide.
- Scoring Rubric (Microsoft Word 60kB Jan4 06) Integrated science scoring rubric.