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Describe the procedures and guidelines for establishing a safe science learning environment that provides opportunities for multisensory exploration and ensures the humane and ethical treatment of living organisms.

SCI5083 Science Instruction for Elementary Teacher Preparation

© 2015 American College of Education

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Module 3 Application

Submit at the end of Module 3.

Overview: Designing an Earth and Space Science Lesson Plan

For this assignment, you will review the Next Generation Science Standards and identify Earth and space science topics. Then you will select one topic and use it to design an integrated, inquiry-based science lesson plan.

Teaching a Lesson Plan:

In this course, you will design three lesson plans, one each in Modules 2, 3, and 4. You will select one of the lesson plans designed during this course to teach during the required field experience hours. You may teach your lesson in Modules 2, 3, or 4 and report on the experience in Module 5.

After teaching the lesson plan, you will analyze the data collected from a minimum of two of the following sources: (1) personal reflection of the lesson instruction, (2) feedback from elementary students’ assessment scores, and (3) peer-colleague or cooperative teacher. Your will revise your lesson plan by making adjustments based upon analysis.

Course Objectives

 Select appropriate literacy strategies that support the cultural/multicultural needs of students and deep understanding of science concepts.

 Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate assessment strategies for science content and skills.

 Integrate technology into science instruction.

 Describe content and inquiry-based strategies that motivate and engage students in the study of physical science, Earth and space science, life science, and engineering and technology.

 Describe the procedures and guidelines for establishing a safe science learning environment that provides opportunities for multisensory exploration and ensures the humane and ethical treatment of living organisms.

Directions for Submission:

1) Save and print the Module 3 Application PDF.

2) Create a Word or text document for your response. Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.

3) Create a title page and references page in APA format.

4) Follow the instructions below in completing your assignment.

5) Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document.

SCI5083 Science Instruction for Elementary Teacher Preparation

© 2015 American College of Education

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Directions for Completion

Step 1: Access the Topic Arrangements of the Next Generation Science Standards at http://nstahosted.org/pdfs/ngss/20130509/CombinedTopicArrangementBookmarked5.1.13.pdf

Review the Earth and space science standards to identify the content elementary students are expected to know, understand, and apply.

Step 2: Select an elementary grade level and one Earth and space science topic for your lesson plan. For example, at first grade Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles is an Earth and space science topic.

Step 3: Prior to designing your lesson plan, study the lesson plan exemplar linked on the assignments page. Notice how the author integrates the science and literacy components in the plan. The lesson plan is to be your original work and modified ideas from other sources are to be clearly identified using appropriate citations.

Step 4: For your selected topic, use the template provided on the assignments page to design an integrated, inquiry-based science lesson to purposefully guide elementary students on an exploration of the social, cultural, and ethical aspects of science. The plan should be detailed enough to follow. Your lesson plan should include:

 A hands-on lab experiment or online simulation incorporating critical-thinking skills

 A literacy strategy used with either fiction or informational text, or a combination

 Technology application

 Engineering application

 Appropriate assessment ideas

 Clearly identify the type of thinking skill required


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