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Building Basic Science Content Knowledge

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Effective teachers of science have a solid foundation of science concepts to draw upon. Elementary and middle school teachers can develop that conceptual framework by participating in labs, model building, and other hands-on activities that stimulate critical thinking in science. Workshops can range from 1-hour exposure to multi-day in-depth labs. Classroom coaching can be integrated to enhance the application of the skills and content to the classroom. The content addressed can focus on one of the three areas listed below.

Common Science Misconceptions

When adults and students are questioned, they are frequently discovered to harbor some fundamental misconceptions about core concepts in physics, chemistry, and astronomy. This workshop, targeted for elementary and middle school science teachers, addresses those misconceptions through the use of science experiments, model building, and hands-on activities. Effective science pedagogy is used and additional techniques discussed.

Basic Human Body Structure, Function, and Healthy Habits
Get to Know Your Guts
Key to developing healthy habits and maintaining them is an understanding of how the body works. This workshop is targeted at elementary grade teachers and others with minimal background. Through hands on activities involving real specimens, teachers will learn the most basic information about the body's structure and function. Educators will develop the knowledge necessary to convey the most important elements to students so that they can develop healthy habits. Effective science pedagogy will be modeled and techniques discussed.

Elementary Genetics and Heredity
It's Elementary, My Dear Watson (and Crick)
Using hands-on activities and science experiments, teachers will be introduced to the basic genetic principles and develop the vocabulary and conceptual understanding to explain heredity. Experiments include the use of taste papers, collection of family data, and Wisconsin Fast Plants that can be used in their classrooms. Teachers will also begin to think about life and genetics at a molecular level. They will explore how the structure of the molecules of life-DNA and protein-results in heredity and the patterns of inheritance that we observe. Classes model good science pedagogy and effective techniques will be discussed.

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