SCIENCE ACTIVITIES MANUAL: K - 8
The Science Activities Manual K - 8, World Wide Web Edition (1997), was originally written to aid in the adaptation of a unique curricular concept to the elementary school classroom. Each content objective has been organized into a Tennessee Instructional Model-type classroom connector(s). The system of nomenclature for each content objective is dependent upon a number to indicate the grade level, a single letter which denotes the content topic represented, and finally a number which references the specific content objective.
SCIENCE ACTIVITIES MANUAL: K - 8
AND THE 21ST CENTURY
Since the publication of the Science Activities Manual K - 8, World Wide Web Edition in 1997 teachers from all over the world have expressed an interest in using SAM. The Four Components of Science Education introduced in 1997 will continue to be a bennefit to teachers of science as they adapt the classroom connectors included in SAM while constructing new and challenging curricular efforts.
A significant point in the consideration of employing SAM is the fact that the classroom connectors are based on the National Science Education Standards from a content standpoint and on the unique theme approach which was the basis for the 1997 version of the Design Foundation. Thus each classroom connector has a double focus. There is content to be delivered and an assigned delivery theme to carry out the act. An additional asset is that the classroom connectors because of the way they are written allow for a great deal of flexibility in grading up or down to meet the needs of a particular curricular design.
In this day and age of "high stakes testing" any curricular plan should begin with a bank of content objectives/learning expectations. Needless to say the bank should begin with those content objectives/learning expectations on which the State testing program is based. In reality the bank should then have additions reflecting the expectations of the local school system and individual school grade/benchmark teachers. In this way the expertise of all the players will be tapped.
Upon finishing the bank the next step is to locate the classroom connectors to make possible the achieving of the content objectives/learning expectations included in the bank. This is where the writers of SAM hope that the classroom connectors made available by this effort will make the work of the curricular planning committee more efficient. By using SAM classroom connectors that can be used as written or with minor modifications fewer connectors will have to be written anew to meet the requirements of the content objectives/learning expectations bank. The SAM classroom connectors are not copyrighted, but it would be appreciated if a reference to the Science Activities Manual: K-8 would be retained with the inclusion of SAM classroom connectors that are selected for use.
CURRICULAR EMPHASIS BY GRADE LEVEL
Content and Theme
CONTENT EMPHASIS K - 5
CONTENT EMPHASIS 6 - 8
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