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Incorporating effective science instruction in the elementary classroom





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My research and guidebook resulted from a desire to encourage elementary teachers to integrate science into their classrooms. Students are entering seventh grade with a negative view of science and spend the majority of the time trying to catch up on knowledge they should have brought in while trying to master the new information. The conversations I had with elementary teachers allowed me to understand why science was not being included in the classroom. Time, content knowledge, and an already packed day were cited as reasons science was not given adequate time in the classroom. To encourage elementary science teachers to incorporate science into the classroom I developed a guidebook that outlined simple lessons using the Five-Part Model designed by Richard Allen. The guidebook includes lesson plans to help elementary teachers incorporate science into their daily lesson plans.

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