- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- What to Eat by Marion Nestle
- Wildflowers of Minnesota
by Stan Tekiela
- Minnesota Trees by David
- Birds of Minnesota by Stan Tekiela
- Monarchs in the Classroom Curriculum (Grades 3-6) by Karen Oberhauser
- Popping with Power, AIMS curriculum
- Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louve
(Note this book is due at the beginning of Spring semester for EDU 247)
- Colored pencils (either a pack of 12 or 24)
- EDU 246 Course Packet
- Composition Book: 80 sheets, (ruled lines, not
graphing grid) 10 x 7 7/8
- Post-it or sticky type notes
- Scissors (optional, but handy).
EDU 246 Course Description
Gustavus Adolphus College Catalog:
This course is designed for future K-6 classroom teachers. The focus is on the nature of science, fundamental concepts and principles of physical and life science, safety, the practice of doing science and the nature of science and standards applicable and required for teacher licensure in Minnesota. Lab work, field excursions and small group projects are regular parts of this course. This course leads directly to the subsequent course, EDU-247.
EDU 246 Course Overview:
EDU 246 is a course in conceptually based science for students who are future elementary educators. The science content of the course will include in life science plants, trees, insects, birds, nutrition, cell biology and reproduction, ecology, including biomes of Minnesota, evolution, and in physical science: energy, heat transfer and force and motion. Application of the science content will be explored through regional natural history, threats to natural biomes and environments, including global climate change and the dynamics of energy.
This course requires a high level of participation of all students within a collaborative and cooperative learning context. Active learning of science will include individual and group processing of science content, activities, presentations, investigations, experimentation, field work, laboratory work, field excursions, and individual and group projects.
EDU 246 Course Goals
- To build fundamental general life and physical science concepts that will be applicable and appropriate for the elementary educator and envisioned by the National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Science.
- To apply and come to appreciate the diversity of life and nature that is found in our own regional natural history.
- To come to understand the nature that is at the heart of doing science.
- To understand the complexity and delicacy of the interconnections between living and non-living systems.
- To understand and apply in our daily lives the concepts of environmental stewardship.
- To understand the process and practice of scientific inquiry and the nature of science.
- To build an awareness of issues in science related to social justice and equity.
- To learn science within a context that is inviting, collaborative, cooperative and respectful.
- To become comfortable with some ambiguity.
In addition to the above stated goals, this course will invite growth and rumination of four distinct skill sets and attitudes that are important for future teachers and as human beings and articulated by Thomas Friedman (2005): an ability to "learn how to learn," cultivating your own passion and curiosity, building respect between your peers and the instructor as someone who "plays well with others," and finally nurturing more of your right brain.
It is expected and necessary for you to attend class. Attendance and punctuality is important in the education profession. Now is a good time to be sure that this habit becomes ingrained. Absence in class disrupts the collaborative nature that is vital to the format of our group. We miss not only the opportunity for your participation, questions, and processing of the content, but, you miss the opportunity to experience and be part of the collaborative efforts of your peers.
Cell phones and lap tops: Please be sure to silence your cell phone. It is a distraction for all of us if it goes off. Laptops: You are welcome to use your laptop for course related activities or for taking notes. Please be respectful of everyone's learning including your own and save social media, shopping and other online pursuits that are not directly related to the course, for outside of class time.
Food and drink:
This class will model safe environmental classroom habits. Each class session involves science materials, equipment, and or solutions, therefore please do not bring food into either the classroom or the laboratory. Refillable, covered beverage containers are fine in both the lab and Tuesday evening's class.
It is a requirement for this course that you are able to use basic email features. I will be using electronic mail to send you assignments, feedback, and other important documents. Knowledge and application of sending, receiving, and attaching documents to email is assumed for all students in this course. If you are not familiar with these e-mail functions, please see me as soon as possible.
This course will abide by the Gustavus Adolphus Honor Code. Ethical behavior is a must for teachers. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please review this web site for an overview of plagiarism. You will be asked to include the Honor Code on major assignments that you complete for this class. Inserting the Honor Code and your name or signature implies that you did the work that is represented in the product that you turn in, including meeting with writing tutors at the Writing Center.
Department of Education Conceptual Framework
The Conceptual Framework is part of the Experimental Design assignment. Students engage in scientific inquiry and resolution of a question about the natural world that builds upon foundational knowledge of science content. They apply and experience the conceptual framework as they work toward resolution of that question through a process that includes: observe and wonder, developing a research question and multiple hypotheses, plan and test, analysis and interpretation of results and coming to conclusion and communicating your results. Finally, they evaluate their entire project through the lens of the Nature of Science including an evaluating of how scientific inquiry might be utilized (based on their project) in their future classroom.
Assessment and Evaluation
The emphasis of this course is on the understanding
and learning of basic science concepts of life and physical science.
Expectations are high for all students in terms of the quality, integrity
and consistency in completion of assignments and participation. The
evaluation for a grade will de-emphasize the rote learning of science
facts and terminology. Your grade will be a reflection of your efforts
to understand, process, and investigate the science content. All assignments
and written reflections are expected to be thoughtful, purposeful,
and developed with integrity that is required in our education profession.
Your grade will reflect your understanding of the content, your efforts,
and your ability to work with integrity in a cooperative learning
Note about electronic grading:
The majority of your assignments will be turned in electronically through e-mail. It is your responsibility to keep complete copies of all electronic assignments until your final grade is posted at the end of the semester.
Exams and quizzes (30% of your grade):
There will be two exams and two quizzes (wildflower, plants, birds and tree ID) during the course. Each exam will include essay questions and may be solely based on essay.
Exam 1: November 7, 2013 (10 points)
Lab Quiz (wildflowers, trees and birds): October 12, 2013 (7.50 points)
Exam 2: December 18, 2013: 8:00am -10:00 am (Nobel Hall 123) (12.5 points)
Written Assignments (40%)
Natural Inquirer article, (10 points), solid draft due October 31, 2013 with completed and revised paper due Tuesday, Nov. 14.. See assignment description for more information.
Literature Synthesis Paper, (15 points or 15%) due December 10, 2013. See assignment description for greater detail.
Science notebook (from lecture, lab, field, Nobel and individual work) (15%). Two science notebook checks: (October 17 (peer) and December 5, 2012 (Michele). See assignment description for greater detail.
Laboratory and Field Credit (25% or 25 points)
Weekly Partner or Group Laboratory Investigations including rearing arthropods, teaching a lab with FOSS and AIMS, following national and state safety guidelines in the use of chemicals, organisms & equipment, individual and home energy assessment/audit, alternative energy forms, and calculation of ecological/carbon footprint. We will spend time as a class (lab) maintaining the wildflower gardens around Mattson Hall. Most of the accountability for lab will be part of your science notebook.
Botanical/Field notebook for wildflowers (5 points). See assignment description for greater detail.
Botanical/Field notebook for trees (5 points). See assignment description for greater detail.
Short research projects: Four short research projects (Birds
and Feeder Study, Invertebrate Sampling, Experiments with Danaus
plexippus and Investigative or Field study of food) will allow you to
become familiar with how we do science including developing research
questions, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Each
short project will be documented in your notebook
Experimental Design (15% or 15 points): Due Thursday, November 21, 2013
This project will allow students in EDU 246 an opportunity to design a field survey of one organism where they will follow the experimental design process of observation, coming up with a question, developing hypotheses, collecting data and interpretation and presentation of results. Students will plot their raw data into a bar, histogram or pie graph (using Excel) and will identify descriptive statistics including mean, medium and mode. They will also discuss: the role of randomness and sampling, replication, controlling variables and determining constant procedures. Students will use census and sampling techniques to assure the random selection of their study population. See assignment description for greater detail. Note: Class on Thursday, November 21 meets from 3:30-4:15 for Science Conference and 4:30 to 7:30pm for physical science.
Professionalism (Dispositions): Affect, Integrity and Presence (Self and instructor rated) (5% or 5 points)
How are these points earned?
Through your consistent and punctual attendance, demonstration of personal and professional behaviors as designated in the Department of Education's Statement of Professionalism. This means that you appear interested and engaged in the science course content. Your cell phone is put away, and off, and you refrain from texting during class time. Your lap top is used for classroom learning purposes only. Your attention is focused on the class (side conversations or other disruptions are not part of your class interactions). Your participation in small and large group contributes to the learning of all (about science).
A note about writing: In addition to all of the above expectations, it is assumed that in this class written assignments will be carefully edited, checked for grammar and spelling and consist of high quality writing that is expected in our teaching profession. APA is the standard for this class. Click here for more information on APA style.
Evaluation and Grading: Total points for class: 100 points.
A = 94 -100 total points
A- = 90-93.99 points
B+= 87.5-89.99 points
B= 84-87.49 points
B- = 80-83.90 points
C = work less than 79.9 total points
In addition, your grade will be penalized by a deduction of 7. 5 points if you choose not to complete a major assignment. A major assignment is any assignment valued at 5 or more points.
Words of Wisdom from former EDU 246 Students
Stay on top of the notebook. It becomes a lot of work at the end if you fall behind. And if you are ever lost or confused, don’t be afraid to seek Michele’s help and advice. She is willing to help in any way and provides decent solutions and answers your questions. Another big suggestion is to take lost of notes in class; they REALLY help when it comes to the final. Also reread any assignment sheet over before turning in an assignment. You don't want to miss anything. (Rachel Guptill)
Suggest devoting 1/2 hour to 45 minutes every night to doing something for this course. Then reward yourself with something you pick (time with friends), TV, ice cream, Facebook, a walk/run-Anything! (Kristine Carr)
Study with a friend (only one) so you are less likely to get off track. (Holly Bohlen).
Keep everything organized and up to date (Cassandra Brady).
Study technique: Read through science notebook before the test. Especially the literature secretion, because some questions on the test are for this section (Anna Finley).
Standards Found in EDU 246
Minnesota Board of Teaching standards link here