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.

Distance Learning: Reaching beyond One's Classroom
Distance learning: Reaching beyond one's classroom

Science Background

Distance education provides students with a remarkable opportunity to extend their science learning beyond their local school and community and to reach out to others on a global level. One of the interesting things about scientific principles and the laws of nature is that they act the same everywhere in the world. Students can compare their observations of natural phenomena in different places and the “rules” for making sense of those observations will be the same. While studying place-based science in one's community is engaging for most students, studying science in very different places can also be engaging, especially when students can have direct contact with peers in those different places.

Cultural Connections

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