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A Curiosity-Driven Approach to Teaching K-2 Science

Course Description:

Explore ways to maximize young children’s science knowledge and understanding – helping them to think, act, and talk like the scientists we know they are! Through this highly collaborative course, you will develop a firm understanding of inquiry-based,vocabulary-rich, connected learning, and culturally relevant approaches to build upon children’s natural curiosities and strengthen their knowledge of essential concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

You will deepen your understanding of foundational knowledge and implications for teaching and learning as you read evidence-based descriptions of teaching practices and examine PBS KIDS lesson plans that integrate high-quality digital media and resources. Step into Alicia Poulin’s first-grade classroom to see PBS KIDS Teaching Tips in action and listen to this exceptional teacher as she discusses her instructional approach. Along the way, you will acquire strategies and develop resources to strengthen science teaching and learning in your classroom. Learn how connected learning can help you deepen children’s conceptual understandings and tap into research-based resources that can connect learners to each other, to family and community members, and to the world-at-large.

Note: This is a facilitated course. Learners submit coursework and participate in asynchronous discussions throughout the course term, and receive graded feedback.

For assignments and evaluation details, see the full Syllabus.

The number of hours identified for each course reflects time spent online, but does not reflect the total time spent completing offline coursework and assignments. All learners are different and you will likely spend double the indicated number of hours completing all coursework depending on your learning style and work habits.

Graduate Credit Information:
Graduate credit may be obtained from the provider(s) listed below, for an additional fee after the course begins.
Ashland University - 3.0 credits - pricing
Sierra Nevada College - 3.0 credits - pricing
Central Michigan University - 3.0 credits - pricing
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“My online discussion boards offer me contact with other colleagues to discuss ideas, problems, and means of implementation for the curriculum.”

Jeannie Dyke
Reading Specialist
SY Jackson Elementary School