Earth Science in Elementary Education
Earth Science in Elementary Education is the geologic content course in the integrated science teacher development sequence. The six hour combined lecture/lab course requires students to work in teams to solve problems and think critically and creatively to actively explore numerous materials and processes of the physical Earth while developing pedagogical techniques to transmit this content to K-8 students. 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 will work with a classroom earth science teacher in a clinical experience before preparing a detailed classroom lesson related to the course content. A two day field trip to the Canadian shield is required.
For Dr. Mattox's reflections on the course and its design, see Earth Science in Elementary Education: Role in the Program.
- Increase content knowledge about earth science.
- Increase confidence in presenting science in the classroom.
- Increase student knowledge of methods used to teach science and assess learning.
- Compile existing teaching resources and develop new inquiry-based classroom activities.
- Demonstrate fluency in Michigan science standards and familiarity with the MI Educational Assessment Program.
- Syllabus & Schedule (Microsoft Word 49kB 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.