Helen A. Buttemer
Basic concepts of biology, with emphasis on background needed for confident use of the new science curriculum materials in the elementary school. Offered: AW.
This is a hands-on inquiry course in biology for non science majors who intend to pursue K-8 teacher certification. Learn how to design investigations with living organisms from slime molds to slugs, explore the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, understand environmental education topics, and feel confident about teaching life science in elementary school.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
All sessions are hands-on and investigative with simple materials such as would be found in an elementary classroom. Students work in small collaborative groups. Some field trips.
Experience with K-6 students is desirable but not required. This is a course for non science majors and there are no prerequisites.
Class assignments and grading
The lab notebook records daily lab activities and generally involves homework. There are also 2 projects: Illustrated Field Guide and Problem Based Research Project. All assignments relate to the teaching of life science in the elementary school and can be used as part of a teaching portfolio.
Success in this class depends on attendance, participation in all class activities and investigations, deligence with lab work and the lab notebook, and background reading on topics covered in class.