The Essential Science for Teachers courses are designed to help k - 6 teachers gain an understanding of some of the bedrock science concepts they need to teach standards-based curricula. Earth and space science consists of eight one-hour video programs accompanied by print and Web materials that provide in-class activities and homework explorations. Real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, still graphics, and interviews with scientists compose content segments that are intertwined with in-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand. Each program also features an elementary school teacher and his or her students exploring the topic using exemplary science curricula. Use the complete course for teacher education or professional development, or individual programs for content review.
This course and accompanying material consisst of 8 sessions in the field of Earth and Space Science. Each session contains an overview, video, activities, investigations, and homework. Those who wish to participate in a workshop around the site/materials can do so for college graduate credit purchased through Colorado State University. The site and materials were developed by experts in the fields of education and science; information about the developers can be accessed on the site.
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