■ SCIENCE STORIES helps teachers build their own instructional knowledge through the use of narratives about science in real-world classrooms that demonstrate important content, learning, and strategies in action. Stories are followed by Expanding Meanings sections that highlight the Teaching Ideas, Science Ideas, and Science Standards applicable to each one. Author Janice Koch's constructivist approach guides teachers in the discovery and exploration of their "scientific selves" so that they can learn from students' experiences and become effective scientific explorers in their own classrooms.
Part I: THE SCIENTIST WITHIN.
1. An Invitation to Teaching Science.
2. Locating Your Scientific Self.
Part II: DOING SCIENCE WITH STUDENTS: INQUIRY IN PRACTICE.
3. The Teacher as Mediator and Facilitator of Student Learning.
4. Science as a Process: Using the Skills of Scientific Study.
5. Making Connections: Scientific Explorations in the Students' Own Environment.
6. Matter Matters: Getting Messy With Ordinary Objects.
7. Sustained Inquiry: Explorations of Living Things.
8. Spiraling Curriculum: Explorations of Density.
9. Virtual and Concrete Models: Explorations in the Solar System.
10. Moving Beyond the Science Kit: Explorations of Electricity and Atoms.
Part III: CREATING THE SCIENCE EXPERIENCE IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
11. Planning for Science: Lesson Plans and Instructional Strategies.
12. Science Content and Curriculum: The Big Ideas and Your Scientific Self.
13. What's the Big Idea? Matching Assessment to Instruction.
14. Pulling it All Together: Reflection and Self-Assessment.