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.

Interviewing a Scientist
Interviewing a scientist

Science Background

Scientists play many important roles in local communities. A scientist is responsible for regulating your local water treatment plant, making sure that your drinking water is safe and clean to use. If you live in a city, there are meteorologists who work at the news station and at the airport. There are numerous scientists, in addition to the doctors and nurses, who work in your local hospital, collecting and interpreting data from complex scanning machines. Many types of scientists work at any college or university. Scientists can be found in many other places throughout your community as well.

Cultural Connections

We tend to think of scientists as being people who wear white laboratory coats and conduct experiments in laboratories. While many ...

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