ERIC Number: ED393690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Using the Learning Cycle To Teach Physical Science: A Hands-on Approach for the Middle Grades.
Beisenherz, Paul; Dantonio, Marylou
The Learning Cycle Strategy enables students themselves to construct discrete science concepts and includes an exploration phase, introduction phase, and application phase. This book focuses on the use of the Learning Cycle to teach physical sciences and is divided into three sections. Section I develops a rationale for the Learning Cycle as an effective way to teach science concepts. Section II includes six basic physical science concepts that are common to most middle school science curricula: Bernoulli's principle, acids and bases, properties of gases, expansion and contraction of gases, circuits, and density. Each Learning Cycle centers on a single concept or idea and includes a number of sequenced, hands-on activities. Section III provides an opportunity for teachers to develop their own Learning Cycle sequence and contains randomly sequenced activities related to the concept of surface tension. (JRH)
Descriptors: Acids, Constructivism (Learning), Electric Circuits, Elementary Secondary Education, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Learning Processes, Mechanics (Physics), Middle Schools, Physical Sciences, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Heinemann, 361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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