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.

Develop Literacy to Build Science Skills
Develop literacy to build science skills

We live in a world of constant scientific discovery. All citizens need to be scientifically literate to appreciate the world around them and make informed personal decisions.

—Robert Hazen (2002), research scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington's Geophysical Laboratory

As you guide your students through both day-to-day activities and major assignments, you will build their literacy skills so they are equipped to better comprehend and use science concepts and vocabulary. You must cover a huge amount of content quickly, and the secret is that much of everyone's success will depend on your students’ abilities to make important text connections. The good news is there are many ways to prepare your students to understand science effectively.

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