NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

Teaching Science/Elementary Classroom, Part 1

EDUC 2000

“Development of effective science programs with emphasis on instructional methods and materials.”

We will work together to introduce the principles of K-5 science education and what it means to learn and teach science in elementary school. We will also work with materials, methods, and strategies for helping students in grades K-5 become scientifically literate: i.e., to understand the nature of science and its impact on their world. We will pay particular attention to the proper use of materials and equipment, the development of scientific thinking, e.g., skills in observing, classifying collecting, and interpreting data, questioning strategies, the multicultural nature of science, and ways to assess students’ progress. 

We will work together to form frameworks that will guide you in helping others to learn science.  Although we will discuss some science content, this is not a science course. Rather, it is a course in which we use our understanding of science and educational ideas, processes and strategies to maximize your confidence, enthusiasm, teaching skills and hunger to know as part of your development into master teachers.


1.   To formulate an inquiry-based conceptual model for teaching science in the elementary school that is consistent with:

  • The broad goals of education;
  • The goals of science education and elementary school science education;
  • The nature of science;
  • The multi-cultural nature of our world, and of course within our world;
  • The ways children learn;
  • The interrelationships of science and other subject areas

2.   To identify, analyze, implement and evaluate materials available for helping children learn science.

3.   To identify, analyze, implement and evaluate appropriate methods and materials designed for children with special needs i.e., exceptional, multicultural and gifted.

4.   To examine different techniques for evaluating student achievement in an inquiry-based science program.

Required Student Resources:

No text is required.

A supply list will be sent to you prior to the beginning of this course. Many of the activities will require you to use household or classroom supplies. Examples: A balloon, a baby’s diaper, a box of brownie mix.