This book isn't just for new teachers! Even after years as a science teacher, this book gave me suggestions to use right away in my classroom.”

—Regina Brinker, Science Teacher

Christensen Middle School, Livermore, CA

Create a science classroom that fosters a creative learning community and leads to success!

From successfully setting up a classroom to achieving meaningful instruction, science teachers face a variety of challenges unique to their practice every day. This easy-to-read guide provides new and seasoned teachers with practical ideas, strategies, and insights to help address essential topics in effective science teaching, including emphasizing inquiry, building literacy, implementing technology, using a wide variety of science resources, and maintaining student safety.

Aligned with current science standards, this guide helps teachers streamline their efforts, organize their work, and set the stage for outstanding instruction and enthusiastic student participation. Other features include:

Practical examples, snapshots of moments in the history of science, and Web references; A compilation of professional development activities; Checklists to rate curricula and textbooks; Guidance on networking with colleagues and establishing relationships with families

By leveraging this book's rich resources, science teachers will discover how to turn their classrooms into thriving environments for learning.

Include Resources to Make Science Real
Include resources to make science real

To smash the simple atom, all mankind was intent. Now any day, the atom may, return the compliment.

—Ogden Nash, American poet (1902–1971)

Topics and issues will leap off the written page when you and your students bring a variety of resources to class to share with one another. When your students can see and touch objects that are discussed in the textbook, the focus of learning shifts. Instead of being on the outside looking in passively, now you and your students are inside, taking an active role in the learning process. Your students make connections and build community as they share their questions, thoughts, findings, and feelings.

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