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Teaching Emerging Scientists: Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades K-2, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Pamela Fraser-Abder

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 19, 2010

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Written for teachers of grade levels K-2, Teaching Emerging Scientists:  Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades K-2 assists in developing, implementing and evaluating inquiry-based science teaching and improving young children's science learning.


Research on science education and professional development—conducted by the author for over two decades—provides the foundation for this research-based, yet practical and friendly professional development book. Research shows that by the end of the third grade, a deep interest in science sometimes fades from lack of nurturing on the part of teachers, parents and the community. The Teaching Emerging Scientists title implies a call to action to teachers as they guide their young students on a journey to scientific literacy, while fostering their interest and participation in science. This book provides both knowledge about science content and process, curriculum, instruction and pedagogy as well as a venue for personal examination so that teachers may leave this professional development experience as a confident science teacher. The author shares practical strategies and points teachers in the direction of potential activities and resources for use in the classroom and to help expose students to the informal world of science and to the surrounding community, which contains numerous, often free, resources for teaching science.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1:  Factors Which Influence Your Science Teaching Philosophy

Why Teach Science To Young Children?

Your Personal Context

Who Are You And How Do You Feel About Science?

What Is Your Teaching And Learning Style?

What Are Your Views On Science And Scientists?

What Were Your Early Experiences With Science?

Science Education Then And Now

How has science education changed since the 1950s?

Chapter 2: How Young Children Learn and Think about Science

Can You Recall Your First Experience With Science?

What Are Your Children’s Views Of Science And Scientists?

What Does Research Say About How Young Children View Science And Scientists?

What is Science?

What Are K-2 Children’s Ideas About Science?

How Do Young Children Learn Science?

Children’s Understandings Of Physical Properties

Children’s Understandings Of Animals

Children’s Understandings Of Plants

Children’s Understandings Of Earth Science

What Are Some Common Misconceptions In Your Science Classroom?

Chapter 3: Your Children And Science Learning

Who Are Your Children?

What Are Your Class’ Demographics?

How Can You Develop A Cultural Understanding Of Your Children?

How Can You Use Your Children’s Lived Experiences To Inform Your Teaching?

What Are Your Expectations For Your Children?

How Can You Help Your K-2 Children Succeed In Science?

Chapter 4: The Inquiry Approach to Teaching and Learning Science

What Is Scientific Inquiry?

How Can You Develop Inquiry Skills?

What Are Some Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies?

Guided Discovery

Problem-Based Learning

How Can You Use Process Skills In Inquiry Teaching?

How Do You Use Process Skills In Your Daily Life?

Chapter 5: Exploring Process Skills

How can you develop Observation skills?

How can you develop measuring skills?

How can you develop communication skills?

How can you develop classification skills?

Classy Classification

How can you develop inference-making skills?

How Well Do You Know The Process Skills?

Chapter 6: Establishing Your Science Program

What Are The BIG IDEAS In Science?

What Concepts Should You Include In Your Curriculum?

How Do You Build An Effective Science Learning Environment?

How Can You Set Up Your Classroom For Science?

Chapter 7: Resources You Can Use in Your Science Teaching

What resources are available for teaching K-2 science?



Non Formal Institutions






Journals and Books


Education Program

Chapter 8: Developing Your Plan For Teaching

Where Am I In My Development As A Science Teacher?

Where Am I Going In My Science Teaching Practice?

State Standards

City/District Standards

School Standards

Classroom Standards

How Do I Plan To Be An Effective Science Teacher?

Beginning The Plan

Rationale For Teaching A Topic

What are my goals for teaching this lesson?

Terms that will help you define Your Science Teaching Goals

Deciding On My  Mode Of Science Instruction

Organizing My Class

Curriculum Development

Ideas From Other Science Teachers

Developing My  Own Plan

How Will I Know When I Have Arrived At My Best Level Of Practice?

Appendix 1: The National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks

What are the standards for K-4 science content?

What are the goals for school science?

What are the Standards For K-4 Science Content?

What are the Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy?

Appendix 2: Science Content Information For K-2

Properties of Objects



Weather and Water

Properties of Matter

Weather and Seasons

Animal Diversity

Forces and Motion


Plant Diversity

Life Sciences


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