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.

Introduction to Place-Based Science Teaching and Learning

Introduction to place-based science teaching and learning


Science education in elementary and middle schools was not widely taught in the United States until the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, science began to be integrated into instruction as part of the Progressive Education Movement. Individuals such as John Dewey included science instruction as a central feature of his curriculum. As explained in his 1922 book, Democracy and Education, “The chief opportunity for science is the discovery of the relations of a man to his work—including his relations to others who take part—which will enlist his intelligent interest in what he is doing.” (Dewey, 1922, n.p.) In other words, science in the schools connects the child to the ...

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