GNSC 3104 meets on Tuesday and Thursday meets from 11:00-12:20.
The lab component (GNSC 11A) meets on Tuesday from 1:00-2:50.
The curriculum will emphasize the interaction of the science disciplines and feature the fundamental principles of physical, biological, and earth/space sciences for EC—6 and 4—8th grade levels of teaching science. Note: This course will not transfer to other majors once taken.
This unique classroom and lab experience is designed to acquaint the pre-service EC – 6th & 4—8 teacher with a variety of instructional principles and practices for engaging children in the learning of relevant science concepts and skills. This course is intended to help you develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required for you, as a new teacher, to effectively nurture children's curiosity and guide them in exploring and learning about the fascinating world around them.
The nature of science as a discipline and the scope and sequence of appropriate content for each grade level will be explored. Active involvement in class projects and assignments will enable you to develop an understanding of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, and evaluation techniques for EC – 6th grade & 4—8 grade science—based upon educational research, contemporary practice, and state and national standards for science education. You will have opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, attitudes, and skills in class with your peers and later on with elementary students during your field placement in Block II Methods. Personal reflection on class experiences and your learning is an expected component of your participation in this course.
During the weekly classes (including lab), MSU students will be involved in lecture or narrative presentations, small group discussions, hands-on science activities (individual, paired, or cooperative groups), inquiry activities, peer teaching, review of instructional resources, reflective journalizing, lesson planning, supplemental professional development opportunities, etc.
The EC-6 science teacher
Assignments and Grading
Final Grade Possibilities
Moon Phases (Long-term observation)
900 – 1000 A
800 – 899 B
700 – 799 C
600 – 699 D
599 or less F
Life Science Project
Mid Term Quiz
12 Reflections (each time answering the 4 questions posed on pages xix-xx in the introduction of Science for All Americans)
Lab Safety & Management
In-class Labs, Participation, Disposition, and Attendance
(- 20 points/absence)
Final Quiz- NSTA Content Standards.
All papers, projects, products, and presentations must be in a professional-looking format.
Assignments need to be turned in on the due date. If for some reason you are unable to bring in an assignment on the scheduled due date, please email it or have a friend bring it in.
Work that is submitted late will be subject to a 10-point penalty for each day that the assignment is late. This policy is, of course, flexible with regard to personal emergencies and circumstances. If you can foresee difficulty with a timely submission, please contact me for an appointment during my office hours. Should there be a situation where this is not possible, contact me as soon as possible.
Regular and punctual attendance is required for every semester’s (fall, spring, & summer) classes. Course grades will be affected by each absence Daily grades are given for class participation and in-class assignments. Daily work cannot be made up. I will only take responsibility for having handouts and materials at class on the day initially provided. If you have to be absent, be sure you have arranged for a peer to obtain materials for you. Call me or email me if you are going to be late or absent.
Absences will cost you 20 points per class (lab or lecture).
Continuous tardies or early departures will lead to a drop in grades.
Attendance will be documented each class. This information will be used to decide borderline grades and to write letters of recommendation. Students should discuss each absence with me.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
Students with Disabilities.
As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled. If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled. If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.