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Kid’s Eye View of Science
A Conceptual, Integrated Approach to Teaching Science, K–6

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September 2010 | 312 pages | Corwin
"An excellent guide for integrating new developments in cognitive neuroscience research with an appropriate 21st-century elementary science curriculum. Susan J. Kovalik's pioneering Highly Effective Teaching (HET) model has continually evolved for more than 30 years."
—Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education
University of Oregon

"This is a book to savor. The content is a woven tapestry: many colorful threads elucidate ideas based in sound research. Marvel at how the authors weave the threads to provide a cohesive, understandable, beautiful educational perspective."
— Lawrence Lowery, Professor
Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

A step-by-step approach to taking giant leaps in science learning

Kid's Eye View of Science examines learning science from multiple perspectives—especially a child's. The whimsical character of Mary Froggins guides readers through the steps of igniting students' natural sense of wonder, incorporating brain research, integrating science concepts with other subjects, and applying science to daily life. The authors demonstrate how to teach science conceptually through the lens of "big ideas" such as change, interdependence, and adaptation. Rich with instructional strategies for exploring inquiry-based science, this valuable resource's highlights include:

  • Charts, graphics, forms, and summaries that help teachers translate abstract concepts into concrete lessons
  • A comprehensive discussion of brain research, including helpful tips to assimilate 10 bodybrain-compatible elements into the classroom
  • Practical hands-on guidance for enriching science programs and improving student outcomes

Field-tested and applicable to multiple intelligences, the book also provides a comprehensive vision for curriculum development with an eye toward preparing students to use their knowledge to shape the future.

 

 
Welcome From the Authors
 
Dedication
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: The Science of Teaching Science
The Quest  
Four Principles From Brain Research  
Curriculum and the Brain  
Bringing Together Being There Locations and State/District Curriculum Standards  
Integration Made Easy  
 
Chapter 2: Making Curriculum Bodybrain Compatible
The Challenges  
Common Threads  
Curriculum Examples  
Kindergarten  
First Grade  
Second Grade  
Third Grade  
Fourth Grade  
Fifth Grade  
Sixth Grade  
Science Resources  
 
Chapter 3: Localizing Curriculum
Making Curriculum as Conceptual as Possible  
Choosing and Using an Organizing Concept  
Designing Classroom Curriculum to Fit How the Brain Learns  
Key Points: What You Want Students to Understand  
Three Kinds of Key Points  
Guidelines for Improving Key Points  
Examples of Key Points  
 
Chapter 4: Making Learning Memorable
Using Inquiries to Add Action  
Guidelines for Writing Inquiries  
Examples of Inquiries  
Characteristics of Good Inquiries  
 
Chapter 5: The Scientific Thinking Processes
Relating Brain Research With the Scientific Thinking Processes  
The Scientific Thinking Processes  
 
Chapter 6: Instructional Leadership
Setting the Groundwork  
Preparation  
Mindful Selection of Instructional Strategies  
The HET Discovery Process  
Direct Instruction  
Other Strategies  
 
Chapter 7: Age-Appropriate Curriculum
Age Three to First Grade—Comparing the Known to the Unknown  
Second to Third Grade—Putting Things Together, Taking Things Apart  
Fourth to Sixth Grade—Simultaneous Ideas  
Implications  
 
Chapter 8: Assessment
Assessment and the Two-Step Learning Process  
A Word About Summative Assessment  
Thoughts on Criterion-Referenced Assessment  
Built-in Assessment Tools  
Basing Formative and Summative Assessment on Inquiries  
How to Transform an Inquiry into an Assessment Tool  
Science Assessment Resources  
 
Chapter 9: Foundations of Bodybrain-Compatible Learning
Science Versus Intuition and Our Own Experiences  
Mounds of Brain Research . . . Four Consistent Themes  
 
Chapter 10: Learning Principle 1—Intelligence as a Function of Experience
Physiological Changes  
Enrichment Theory  
Lessons to Take Home With You  
 
Chapter 11: Learning Principle 2—The Inseparable Bodybrain Learning Partnership
A Brief History  
Emotion—Gatekeeper to Learning and Performance  
Movement to Enhance Learning  
 
Chapter 12: Learning Principle 3—Multiple Intelligences
Nature Versus Nurture  
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences  
Multiple Intelligences in Action  
Lessons to Take Home  
 
Chapter 13: Principle 4—Learning Is a Two-Step Process
Step One: Pattern Seeking  
Step Two: Developing Programs to Use What We Understand  
Lessons to Take Home  
 
Chapter 14: Creating a Bodybrain–Compatible Learning Environment
Ten Elements of a Bodybrain–Compatible Environment  
1–Absence of Threat and Nurturing Reflective Thinking  
2–Being There Experiences  
3–Movement and Aerobic Exercise to Enhance Learning  
4–Meaningful Content  
5–Enriched Environment  
6–Choices  
7–Adequate Time  
8–Collaboration  
9–Immediate Feedback  
10–Mastery/Application  
 
Appendix A: Getting the Most Out of Your Being There Study Trips
Preplanning  
Training Chaperones  
Preparing Your Students  
The Day Before the Study Trip  
30 Minutes Before the Study Trip  
The Bus Trip  
Responsibilities On-Site  
Teacher Responsibilities After the Study Trip  
 
Appendix B: Lesson Planning Template
Lesson Planning Template  
Example of Lesson Planning Template for Fifth Grade  
 
Glossary
 
List of Figures
 
About the Authors
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“An excellent guide for integrating new developments in cognitive neuroscience research with an appropriate 21st century elementary science curriculum. Susan Kovalik’s pioneering Integrated Thematic Instruction (ITI) model has continually evolved for 30+ years.”

Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education
University of Oregon

"This is a book to savor. The content is a woven tapestry; many colorful threads elucidate ideas based in sound research. Marvel at how the authors weave the threads to provide a cohesive, understandable, beautiful educational perspective."

Lawrence Lowery, Professor
Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley

"The authors present a humanistic and highly effective approach to classroom science. This book is a keeper and should be a part of a teacher's professional library."

Dutchie Riggsby, Professor
NSTA Recommends, www.nsta.org/recommends
Key features
  • Numerous (36) charts, graphics, forms, and summaries illustrate the key points throughout and provide readers with opportunities to explore how abstract concepts can be concretely applied to their practice.
  • Chapter endnotes will provide context and historical background for the discussion of brain research and translate it through nine bodybrain-compatible elements
  • Practical, step-by-step advice for improving science programs and increasing student outcomes.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: The Science of Teaching Science


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