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.

Patterns in Nature
Patterns in nature

Science Background

Patterns are basic to natural forms. We can see patterns in the reflection of an object like a tree on the surface of a lake, in landscapes, in flowers and plants, in rocks, and in animals. The British biologist D'Arcy Thompson argues in his classic 1917 book On Growth and Form that “everything is the way it is because it got that way.” According to him, “the form of an object is a ‘diagram of forces,’ in this sense, at least, that from it we can judge or deduce the forces that are acting or have acted upon it.” What this means is that a turtle's shell is the shape it is and is divided up into hexagonal plates ...

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