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.

How Physical Space is Used in Schools
How physical space is used in schools

Science Background

The great British politician Winston Churchill (1874–1965) once wrote, “We shape our buildings and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” Very few of us spend much time thinking about school buildings and how they shape us, but their impact on us is undeniable. School buildings often span several generations. It many parts of the country, it is common to go to a school that is 50 years old and often possible to attend one that is more than 100 years old.

Think about how most schools are designed. They incorporate many of the same features—many that have to do with control and regulation of both students and teachers. For example, think about the ...

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