Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Activities to Promote Place-Based Science Teaching in the Broader Community
Activities to promote place-based science teaching in the broader community

All of us probably remember field trips we took when we were in school. These were big events that got us out of our daily school routine. These “real” field trips—as opposed to the neighborhood- or schoolyard-based fieldwork that we have been talking about in previous chapters—involved permission slips, usually some financial cost, and a bus trip (or maybe even a plane flight). You may have gone away for several days, such as on a trip to our nation's capital, or just for the day to go see a musical performance or to go to a museum. These experiences stand out in our memories years or ...

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