Teaching Science in the Elementary Grades (Biology and Chemistry)

This course includes understanding of spiraling/spiraling basic science concepts and application of science inquiry in Chemistry and Biology, strategies in teaching elementary science, development of instructional materials and assessment. Content topics in Chemistry include Properties and Structure of Matter and Changes that Matter Undergo. In Biology, content topics include Parts and Functions of Animals and Plants, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation, Biodiversity and Evolution and Ecosystems. Ultimately, the pre-service teachers will be equipped with the pedagogical content knowledge in science as well as skills in instructional materials development and knowledge of the design, selection, organization and use of appropriate assessment strategies for the primary elementary grades (1-3).