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Course Description

Certified elementary teachers will participate in activities to help them learn physics as well as gain a deeper appreciation of the scientific practices and cross cutting ideas as laid out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In addition, teachers will participate in activities that they can take back and use with their students in their classroom. All activities will be aligned with NGSS disciplinary core ideas PS2 (Motion and Stability), PS3 (Energy), or PS4 (Waves and their Applications). 

Teachers will be prepared to teach NGSS disciplinary core ideas PS2, PS3, and PS4.  In addition, teacher will know what students should have been taught about these subjects in previous grades, as well as, what they need to prepare students for in upcoming grades. Teachers will also develop a better understanding of the scientific practices and cross cutting idea, as well as, how to incorporate them into science activities.  

Course Outline

All of the activities will be facilitated by Darby Feldwinn or a teacher leader. Teachers will carry out activities in small groups. Once the activity is completed teachers will reflect on the activity, as well as, work with content experts to clarify content misconceptions.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Teachers will gain a better understanding about when physics is taught in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms.
  2. Teachers will increase their understanding of physics.
  3. Teachers will become more comfortable running inquiry activities in the classroom.

Prerequisites

Multiple subject teaching credential

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Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Aug 01, 2022 to Aug 05, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $200.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook

No text is required. All activities and handouts will be found on the South Coast Science Project Website (http://www.chem.ucsb.edu/scsp/home), SciTrek Website (http://www.chem.ucsb.edu/scitrek/), or on a google drive that will be set up for the class.

Section Notes

Certified elementary teachers will participate in activities to help them learn physics as well as gain a deeper appreciation of the scientific practices and cross cutting ideas as laid out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In addition, teachers will participate in activities that they can take back and use with their students in their classroom. All activities will be aligned with NGSS disciplinary core ideas PS2 (Motion and Stability), PS3 (Energy), or PS4 (Waves and their Applications). 

Teachers will be prepared to teach NGSS disciplinary core ideas PS2, PS3, and PS4.  In addition, teacher will know what students should have been taught about these subjects in previous grades, as well as, what they need to prepare students for in upcoming grades. Teachers will also develop a better understanding of the scientific practices and cross cutting idea, as well as, how to incorporate them into science activities.  

Day 1-2: Overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Discuss forces and motion (PS2) including grade level specific activities for TK, 3rd, and 5th grades. The topic covered include: touching forces (pushes and pulls), forces at a distance (gravity and electromagnetism), force diagrams, and Newtons Laws.

Day 3-5: Discuss waves and energy (PS3 and PS4) including grade level specific activities for K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades. The topics covered include: types of energy, energy transfers, sound, and how we see things.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Date: August 1- August 5
  • Time: 8:00 - 4:00 PM
  • LocationMonte Vista Elementary School (730 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110)