|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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Science does not exist in a vacuum and, therefore, shouldn’t be taught that way. In that spirit, Activities Linking Science With Math, 5-8, is a hands-on guide for preservice and inservice elementary and middle school teachers who want to connect science instruction with other areas of study—including visual arts, social sciences, language arts, and especially math.
The 20 discovery-based and academically rigorous activities provided in this volume enrich students’ awareness of the world around them, encourage their natural curiosity, and promote the development of their problem-solving skills. The lessons—such as Studies in Symmetry, The Tower Challenge, and Determining the Size and Shape of the Blind Spot—are teacher friendly, too, requiring no advanced expertise in any subject area and using only inexpensive and easily accessible materials. Each includes a list of needed materials, a step-by-step procedure, discussion questions, and assessment techniques.
Activities align with the latest national standards for both science and math and cover topics from all scientific disciplines.
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Matrix: Key Instructional Strategies Used in Each Activity
Activity 1: Studies in Symmetry
Activity 2: Surveying Science and Mathematics on the Internet
Activity 3: Examining Current Events in Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Activity 4: The Tower Challenge
Activity 5: Designing and Constructing a Load-Bearing Structure
Activity 6: Investigating the Pinhole Camera and Camera Obscura
Activity 7: Recording Images Using a Simple Pinhole Camera
Activity 8: Learning About Levers
Activity 9: Layered Liquids
Activity 10: Calculating the Speed of Sound
Activity 11: Exploring the Dynamics of Temperature
Activity 12: Observing the Effects of Acids and Bases on Eggs
Activity 13: Discovering Sand and Sand Paintings
Activity 14: Heat Exchange in Air, Water, and Soil
Activity 15: Developing a Model of the Earth’s Inner Structure
Activity 16: Determining the Size and Shape of the Blind Spot
Activity 17: Investigating Perception and Illusion
Activity 18: Determining the Relationship Between Height and Hand Length
Activity 19: Exploring Cellular Shape Using Area
Activity 20: Please Pass the Pollen: Flowering Plants, Pollination, and Insect Pollinators
“For teachers of grades five through eight, this resource presents 20 modifiable activities that connect science and math, in the areas of general, physical, chemical, earth, and life sciences, as well as visual arts, social sciences, and language arts. Activities are hands-on, discovery-based and academically rigorous and are linked to National Science Education Standards and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. They are meant to be relevant to students, collaborative and interactive, problem-based, and cross-disciplinary. Each activity includes background information, grade level, time required, a list of materials, connections to standards, safety considerations, instructions, discussion questions, and assessment techniques. They do not require subject area expertise.”
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“All of the activities presented are very good (as well as practical), with excellent step-by-step instructions, including suggested
questions the instructor should ask. … I recommend this book strongly.”
AAAS’s Science Books & Films, November 2009
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