ERIC Number: ED220281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Middle Grades Science.
Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Instructional Services.
Background information and exemplary units for teaching science in Georgia's middle school grades are provided. Discussed in the first section are: (1) the rationale for including science in middle school grades, focusing on science/society/technology, science/social issues, scientific reasoning, and scientific literacy; (2) role of science instruction, including curricular ramifications due to cognitive development and physical/social-emotional development; (3) development characteristics of middle grades students; (4) curriculum planning, including needs assessment, unit selection, specifications of goals/objectives, implementation activities, and evaluation; and (5) inquiry instructional strategies designed to foster problem solving skills. Three units, differing in style and format, are provided in the second section. Each unit uses three elements of inquiry discussed in the previous section (rationale, discovery, experimental). The units are useful if teachers are inclined to adopt them intact; however, their primary function is to serve as models for designing other units. Topics considered in the units include energy; physical and chemical changes; and molecular transport and exchange of gases within the biosphere. A list of essential science skills is provided in an appendix. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Discovery Learning, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy, Inquiry, Middle Schools, Physical Sciences, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Instructional Services.