Science matters. Almost no one disagrees. Agreement on how science is taught, the curriculum designed, the method used, and the measure of literacy achieved is quite another matter. Almost everyone has an opinion or suggestion. This compilation provides references and resources that highlight methods, curricula, standards, and strategies that promote learning in the nation’s elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Many of the books and resources list activities and projects designed to engage and capture the imagination of the K-12 student. Some provide incentives and novel ideas for science teachers, methods of integrating standards into the classroom, or new ways of making connections between mathematics and science, looking at physics, or exploring the environment. Other materials seek to inspire and enthuse both teacher and student, to encourage further study and/or careers in the sciences, or to advance science literacy through the school into the community. Source: Science Education, Science Tracer Bullets Online, Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/sciedtb.html#intro
Why is the sky blue?
Why do things fall to the ground?
How do seeds grow?
What makes the sound and music?
Where do mountains come from?
Young children ask their parents hundreds of questions like these. In search of answers, we use science
to both enlighten and delight. Being “scientific” involves being curious, observing, asking how things
happen and learning how to find the answers. Curiosity is natural to children, but they need help
understanding how to make sense of what they see and to relate their observations to their existing
ideas and understandings. This is why parental involvement is so important in children’s science
education. When we encourage children to ask questions, make predictions, offer explanations and
explore in a safe environment, we lend them the kind of support that they need to become successful
science students and scientific thinkers. Source: U.S. Department of Education, http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/science/science.pdf