COURSE TITLE:

MAKING SCIENCE FUN: K-8 Hands-on Science Experiments

NO. OF CREDITS:

3 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
30
30

INSTRUCTOR:

Lawrence Rzeznik
ldrez1@optonline.net

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Open your students╩╝ minds to the amazing wonders of science in the world about them. This practical applied science course focuses on using fun and interesting activities to teach students about themselves, their environment, and how the two relate. Some of the activities included in the course include: making rock salt ice cream (changes of state, observation, freezing points), effects of the environment on plant growth, and using Legos to demonstrate survival of the most fit. All activities included in this course can be done with minimal materials found around a typical home or school, are fun, and can be taught at different levels from K-8. Although simple to perform, these activities will challenge and reinvigorate your students╩╝ love for science while teaching them important life lessons. The activities addressed in this course are aligned with the national teaching standards. Participants in this course will be required to perform selected lab activities, research alternate activities on the internet, create useful labs of their own, and write papers about their information acquisition.
A science activities textbook is also recommended ($25-$35)

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

1. Have identified and modified hands-on activities that will support their science curriculum.
2. Understand and be able to communicate to students how these activities relate to various scientific principles
   (i.e. the scientific method, graph creating and analysis, force,  transport, the relationship of organisms with their environment)
3. Have gained additional knowledge on scientific topics which they can incorporate into their teaching.
4. Have created usable lesson plans that include the activities in this course.
5. Have researched scientific concepts and activities on the internet to share with classmates through demonstration and lesson plans.
6. Be able to identify activities that can be used across curriculum.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

Tolman, M. 2006. M. Hands-on Life Science activities for grades K-6. J-B Ed.Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. Available from Amazon.com, approx. $25.
                                                                                                                  OR
Tolman, M. 2006. Hands-on Physical science activities for Grades K-8. 2nd Ed. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. Available from Amazon.com, approx. $35.

None. All reading is online.

MATERIALS FEE

Text: Hands-on Life Science activities for grades K-6, is available from Amazon.com, approx. $25. OR Text: Hands-on Physical science activities for Grades K-8. 2nd Ed, is available from Amazon.com, approx. $35.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Lawrence Rzeznik, M.S.B.S.

Larry received his degrees in Biology and Education from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. He has been a high school science teacher for since 1999. He was an adjunct biology and chemistry instructor for nursing colleges for one year.

Larry created curriculum for animal behavior, environmental biology, general biology, and forensics science courses. He is currently involved in creating various professional development courses, as well, as participating in graduate courses to stay up to date on current topics.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

MAKING SCIENCE FUN: K-8 Hands-on Science Experiments

Angliss, S., Challoner, J., Graham, J.   Hands – On- Science. Kingfisher. 2001. New York.

Beard, Colin. & Wilson, John. Experiential Learning: A Handbook of Best Practices for Educators and Trainers. Logan Page Ltd.  2006. Philadelphia.

Brandolini, A. Fizz, Bubble, and Flash.  Williamson Publishing. 2003. Charlotte, Vermont.

Sullo, B.  Activating the Desire to Learn.  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2007.  Alexandria, VA.  

Tobias, C.  The Way We Learn.  Focus On The Family Publishing.  1994. Colorado Springs, CO.