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.

Bird Watching in the Schoolyard
Bird watching in the schoolyard

Science Background

There are many ways that we can involve our students in data collection during science, and our attempts to make these science activities place based may make them more relevant for our students. Students may find these activities to be enjoyable and they may learn a lot, yet they may still feel that they are just doing schoolwork for a grade rather than for some more authentic purpose. There are, however, some projects that have the goal of using data collected by students, clubs, or other community groups, in place-based contexts, to inform the work of practicing scientists. These scientists can then use the data in their ongoing research. Such projects have sometimes been referred ...

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