ESSC 202 - Earth Science for Elementary Teachers (Gen Ed Area IV)
Lectures and laboratory deal with earth science concepts and teaching methodology. Nationally used elementary science curricula acquaint the student with techniques of teaching basic earth science concepts. Emphasis on student-centered, process-oriented approaches widely used in elementary classrooms.
Credit Hours: 3 hrs
Lecture/Lab Hours: Lecture: two hours per week. Laboratory: one two-hour period per week.
Notes: Equivalent to ESSC 108.
Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines
ESSC 202 Earth Science for Elementary Teachers
This course is an introduction to the study of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and exosphere or space, providing students with earth science content knowledge and a hands-on minds-on experience to understand that knowledge. The content knowledge will help the student to be able to teach the elementary Earth Science Michigan Curriculum Framework standards and benchmarks. These benchmarks are required for teaching by in-service teachers. The earth science knowledge will also help the student pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). The course supplies students with the necessary skills required to understand the scientific method of inquiry. it provides students with experience doing laboratories that they may be able to modify for their own elementary classrooms. The students work on a DLESE: Digital Library for Earth System Education project which helps the students build a portfolio of earth science activities for use later as an elementary in-service teacher.
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