California State University, Stanislaus

Department of Teacher Education

 

 

SYLLABUS

 

Dr.Catherine Lange

EDMC 4130  Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

 

 

Office: P313

Office Hours:    10-12  Tuesday

8-9 Wed, Thur

 

Phone:              664-6716

 

 

 

 

Email:               Clange@stan.csustan.edu

 

 

Vision of CSU 
College of Education

 

 

       To prepare teachers and service personnel who impact positively and optimally on the achievement of all P-12 students in academic and non-academic areas.  The attributes that undergrid our school-based programs are high standards, academic rigor, and intellectual integrity.

 

EDMC Course Objectives

 

By aligning course objectives with those of  the College of Education, the outcomes of the EDMC 4130 Course are as follows;

1.       “. . . competent in their chosen areas”: students in EDMC will strengthen science content understandings through content driven activities.  In addition, as elementary generalists, teachers will be given pedagogy that promotes science learning, science understanding and science interest. 

 

2.      “. . . able to integrate subject-matter content with pedagogy appropriate to their field of study”: through instructor modeling, EDMC students will experience the nature of hands-on, minds-on science learning.  In addition, students will learn how to infuse and integrate science into daily lesson plans.

 

3.      “. . . culturally responsive and responsible, knowledgeable, and appreciative of the diversity among learners,”: EDMC students will be shown diverse literature, which supports science content, to become knowledgeable of other cultures.

 

4.      “. . .committed to self-assessment and reflection”: EDMC students will be required to complete continuous self-reflective journal entries as well as a discussion of daily activities and exercises to facilitate the self-assessment process.

 

5.      “. . . partners, educational advocates, and leaders at the school level and in the wider community”: EDMC students will study the progress of science education standards and mandates in order to have a greater understanding of the importance of developing curricular goals that align with those mandates.

 

6.      “. . . users of technology that enhance teaching and learning”: EDMC students will be given journal entry assignments and theme reports that have a technology based research component, specifically to encourage ongoing pedagogical growth.

 

 

Textbooks;

1. Bosak, Susan      Science is. . .   Scholastic, 1991.

2. Edison, Magaret    Earthy Things     Idea Factory, 1990.

3. Goldish, Meish      101 Science Poems & Songs For Young Learners

       Scholastic, 1996.

4. VanCleave, Janice   200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments

5. Science Content, Standards For California Public Schools  K-12. (www.cde.ca.gov)

 

Course ASSESSMENT

10                                       Name Plate

10                    Bug Box Construction

80                                       8 Theme Write-ups

120                 12 Journal Write-up ( construction counts as 1)

80                                     Test

100                                 Project

Total   400     

 

 

A         400-360                    

B         359-321                    

C         320-280

D         279-239

F          238 or below

 

 

 


Section 03 Thurs 9-12       Section 04 Wed 9-12               Section 05 Tues

 12:45-3:41

C131                                             C133                                           C131

 

Sept     6                                              Sept     12                                 Sept     11

            13                                                         19                                             18

            20                                                        26                                            25

            27                                            Oct       3                                  Oct       2

Oct       4                                                          10                                             9

            11                                                         17                                             16

            18                                                         24                                            23

            25                                                        31                                             30

Nov      1                                               Nov      7                                  Nov      6

            8                                                          14                                             13

            15                                                         21                                             20

            29                                                        28                                            27

Dec     6                                              Dec      5                                  Dec      4

            13                                                         12                                             11

 

 


Additional Information;

1. Reserve Reading;

A Nation At Risk- Library Reserve

Online;

A Nation At Risk   - http://www.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/title.html

 

2. You will be required to purchase a small amount of “building materials” for

class projects, detailed information will follow.

 

                                                Class Schedule

 

Text Box: Class # 2 
(Sept 13, 19, 18)
1.   Essay- “Science Was. . .”

  1. Name Plate Sharing
  2. Journal Making-Writing Across The Curriculum
  3. Bug Box Construction

  

* Homework Finish Reading A Nation At Risk and Standards

            Journal Assignment: Write about your most meaningful moment as a

 student.

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Class # 3 
(Sept 20, 26, 25)
 
Theme;   Tree Time!

1.  The Giving Tree  by Shel Silverstein

2.  Leaf Art (instructor directed)

3.  Tree Identification (Bosak pgs. 246-251)

4.  Bark Rubbings (Bosak pg. 255 )

5.  Rainbow Effect (Van Cleave pg. 61)

6.  Growth of A Tree (Goldish pg. 33) 

7.  Green Plants (Goldish pg. 30)

 

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Tree Time Analysis Due

Discuss A Nation at Risk

 

Text Box: Class # 4 (Sept27,Oct3,2) Theme;   Rock On!

1. Rock Cycle (Edison, pg. 89)

2. Eggshell Geode (Edison, pg. 97)

3. Rock (Goldish, pg. 16)

4. Fossil Excavation (instructor directed)

5. Making Fossil Imprints (Edison: pg.105)

*Homework; Journal Assignment: TBA

 

 

 

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Rock On! Due

Discuss Standards

Text Box: Class # 5 
(Oct 4, 10,9)  
            Theme:   Atoms

1. Unseen Movement (VanCleave: pg. 47)

2. Currents of Color (VanCleave: pg. 49)

3. Paper Hop (VanCleave: pg. 46)

4. Raison in Soda ( Bosak: pg. 155 top left corner)

5. Crystal Art (instructor directed)

6. Balloon Play (Bosak: pg. 161)

 

*Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

 

 

 

 

Atoms Due

Dicuss Standards

Text Box: Class # 6 
(Oct 11, 17, 16)
 
            Theme: Weather

1. Lightening in Your Mouth-Wintergreen

        Lifesavers (Bosak-insert on pg.171)

2. Chemical Weathering Alka-Seltzer

          (instructor directed)

3. Lots of Weather Poetry (Goldish: pg 74-75)

4. Cloud Formation (Edison: pg. 122 ,Bosak 278)

5. Tornado in a Bottle (Edison: pg. 136)

 

*Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

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Weather Due

Theme Topic Choice and Time Assignment Due For Final Project

Text Box: Class # 7 
(Oct  18, 24, 23)
 

            Theme: The Human Body

1. Big to Little (VanCleave: pg. 67)

2. Heartbeat (VanCleave: pg. 74)

3. Goldish: pg. 61 My Body, p.65 Bones

4. Model Arm (Bosak: pg. 183)

5. Skin Prints (Bosak: pg. 190)

 

 

 Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

 

 

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Human Body Due

Text Box: Class # 8 
(Oct 25, 31, 30)
 
            Theme: Insects

1.Spider Web Art (Bosak pg. 274)

2.The Very Clumsy Click Beetle Eric Carle

·      Standards/NAR Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

 

 

Text Box: Class # 9 
( Nov 1, 7, 6)

Insects Due

            Theme: Water

1. Floating Sticks & Moving Drop (VanCleave: pg.

    50)

2. Erupting Colors (VanCleave: pg. 60)

3.Water Cycle: (Goldish, pg. 79)

4.The Little Stream Barry Ellesworth

 

 

 

Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

 

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Water Due

            Theme: : Solar System

Text Box: Class # 10 
(Nov 8, 14, 13)
 
1. Red Spot (VanCleave:  pg. 4)

2. Kerplunk! (VanCleave: pg. 81)

3. Goldish: pg. 23 Sun, 24 Stars, 25 Moon, 27

   Solar System in Motion

4. The Expanding Universe Model (Edison: pg. 28)

5. Star Color vs. Star Temperature (Edison: pg.

     45)

6.Play--- First Annual Meeting of the Solar

     System (Bosak pgs. 293-294)

Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

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Solar System Due

Text Box: Class # 11 
(Nov 15, 21, 20)
 
            Theme: Energy

1. Streamers (VanCleave: pg. 90)

2. Balloon Rocket (Bosak 332, VanCleave: pg. 103)

3. Which Color Absorbs More Radiant

   Energy? (Edison: pg. 11)

4. Roaring Cup (Bosak: pg. 134)

5. Aeolian Sounds (Bosak, pg.135)

5. Homemade Music (Bosak: pg. 146)

6. Making Magnets (Boask: pg. 159)

 

Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA


 

 

 

Text Box: Class # 12 (Nov 29, 28, 27)

            Energy Due

 

 

 

Homework: Journal Assignment: TBA

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Text Box: Class # 13 , 14
  
Final Project Assessment

 

1.      Pick a theme and sign up for presentation time by Class 7

2.      The Final Assessment Project consists of the following:

Part I Written Explanation 30 points

a.     A brief explanation of the purpose of your project (1-3 pages)

Science Content (what are you trying to convey?) 10 pts

Objective(s) (purpose) 10 pts.

How are you going to do it? 10 pts.

Grade level of intended audience

Part II Class Presentation   70 points

                        YOU MUST HAVE;              

1.“Class ready” Student worksheet(s) with appropriate drawings, instructions, information, for your grade level. (Will be used by class) 10 points              

 

2.A five-ten minute class activity central to your theme. 10 points

3.Teacher grading instructions and key. 10 points

4.Correlation to Standards.  10 points

5.Extensions and interdisciplinary connections of theme (1-3 pages). 20 points

6.Cultural and diversity applications. 10 points

 

 You must choose a topic by the 7th week of class and it cannot be one we are covering.  If you choose a topic similar to another person in the class, the first person to discuss it with me will be able to cover that subject. You will be required to supply any material necessary.