ERIC Number: ED309071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Living in Water. An Aquatic Science Curriculum for Grades 4-6. Second Edition.
National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Dept. of Education.
This document is a scientific study of water, aquatic environments and the plants and animals that live in water. It was written for grades 4-6 but many activities may also be of interest for use with older students. This curriculum covers both marine and freshwater habitats. Each of five sections addresses a question about water which is then answered by a variety of activities using an experimental, science process approach to enable the students themselves to arrive at answers. Each section is preceded by teachers' information with science content related to the activities written for the teacher. The emphasis for the students is on process rather than on content. In addition to experiments and classification activities, several exercises test the application of basic principles through the development of models. Following each exercise, extension activities enable students to pursue a variety of related topics. Some allow students to apply the results of their experiments to specific environmental problems. Supporting materials offer information on preparation of materials and sources of supplies. Worksheets and information sheets may be used directly or may be replaced by materials prepared by the teacher. The review of what science education research says about the "hands-on" approach to teaching elementary science will help teachers understand the emphasis on process. A glossary of terms used is provided. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Animals, Biological Sciences, Botany, Ecology, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education, Intermediate Grades, Laboratory Equipment, Laboratory Procedures, Marine Education, Middle Schools, Science Activities, Water, Zoology
National Aquarium in Baltimore, Education Dept., Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 ($10.00 east of Rockies; $12.00 west of Rockies and Canada; $150.00 per box of 20).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Dept. of Education.
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