Exploring the Hydrosphere
Exploring the Hydrosphere is the earth science content course in the integrated science teacher development sequence. It is focused on water in the ocean, groundwater systems, river systems, glaciers and as a resource for humans. The six-hour combined lecture/lab course requires students to work in teams to solve problems and think critically and creatively to actively explore the hydrosphere 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. A stream research project focuses around the ravines on the GVSU campus and it is enhanced by local field trips. Students prepare two detailed classroom lessons related to the course content and present the lessons to their peers, but they do not actually engage in clinical activities with K-8 students at this point in their program.
- Increase and apply content knowledge about the hydrosphere to solve problems and describe Earth systems.
- Successfully demonstrate their knowledge on the state certification exam
- Conduct a research project that demonstrates an ability to think scientifically
- Use different methods to teach science and assess learning.
- Build a portfolio of techniques and lesson plans teaching the hydrosphere to K-8 students.
- Demonstrate fluency in Michigan science standards and familiarity with the MI Educational Assessment Program.
- Understand the characteristics and distribution of water and the processes involved in the hydrological cycle
- Understand groundwater, its movements, and its uses
- Understand the characteristics and processes of freshwater systems
- Understand the characteristics and processes of marine systems
- Understand the relationships between the hydrosphere and human activities
- Students should be able to increase his/her content knowledge about Earth
- Science and pass the State of Michigan certification exam.
- Students should be able to increase his/her confidence in presenting science in the classroom or field.
- Students should be able to increase his/her knowledge of methods used to teach inquiry-based science and assess learning.
- Students should be able to compile existing teaching resources and to develop new inquiry-based classroom activities.
- Students should be fluent in Michigan science standards and familiar with the MI Educational Assessment Program.
- Students will work in groups to write an original inquiry-based field lesson for upper elementary students that utilizes quantitative data collection and analysis and present the lesson to local teachers.
- Students will work individually to write a 2,000 word manuscript to submit to NSTA's Science and Children journal, specifically the Teaching Through Tradebooks feature.
- Syllabus & Schedule (Microsoft Word 120kB Apr30 07) 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.