Bad news first: Our 5 th grade science scores are below state average. We’re not teaching enough science K-4. Why? We’ve focused on Math and Reading. Doesn’t the 5 th grade EOG only cover what’s taught in 5 th grade? NC science standards are carefully crafted to build upon one another.
Magic trick Little kids will want to know how that works. Figuring out how things work is science.
Little kids like science! Good lessons (math, ELA, Sci, SS) take advantage of this human instinct. Everyone starts life as a scientist/artist Good news
Middle School Where we grind the interest out of most kids “I can’t draw...I’m no good at science.” Some of these kids become elementary teachers
Science confidence Guys have more of it than girls. Fact: guys get worse grades in science, but take more science classes—have more science careers
Elementary school is where kids can get confidence to muddle through middle school.
How to destroy confidence: Make ‘em memorize facts
Easy to get hung up with facts Base of Blooms pyramid Easy to write tests for In the world of Google it’s hard to get kids to see the point of memorizing facts.
Example: infiltration Water Cycle transporation precitation runoff evaporation ground water condensation sublimation
Teach Concept 1 st Teach Vocabulary 2 nd A new word needs something to attach to. If at all possible, give students understanding of concept before using the vocabulary. e.g. A toddler learns the word “chair” only after becoming familiar with the concept of chairs.
Which one is easier to remember? 1.Twas bryllyg, and the slythy toves did gyre and gymble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogoves and the mome raths outgrabe. 2.Sometime, between eight and ten in the morning, my daughter decided to play dress-up with our two dogs. Those poor, poor dogs. This makes sense!
Memorizing is hard work Need a reason to do this work – a grade isn’t always enough
Each school received a set of these seven Page Keeley books. (In your Media Center) DPI has produced a document that links NC Essential Standards to each probe within these books. That PDF can be downloaded from your teacher resources page on the WCPS Science site That PDF can be downloaded from your teacher resources page on the WCPS Science site Cl-Ev-R and Formative probes
Smart Scopes USB microscope you can plug into your computer Also in your Media Center
Boardworks Simple/easy-to-use interactive PowerPoints The CD ROM is in you Media Center Install on as many computers as you want (as long as you are in Wayne County)
WCPS Science webpages http://www.waynecountyschools.org/Domain/71 my email: firstname.lastname@example.org