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Introducing Pre-service Teachers to High Quality K-8 Science Trade Books Through A Mock SB&F Election

SCST Subsection @ NSTA National Conference, New Orleans 3.19.09

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    1. 1. Introducing Pre-service Teachers to High Quality K-8 Science Trade Books Through A Mock SB&F Election Tim Gerber 1 & Eric Brunsell 2 UW-L Dept of Biology 1 UW-O Dept of Curriculum and Instruction 2
    2. 2. <ul><li>Connecting science and literacy </li></ul><ul><li>AAAS’ Science Books & Films (SB&F) </li></ul><ul><li>SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books </li></ul><ul><li>Mock SB&F election </li></ul><ul><li>Mock SB&F results </li></ul><ul><li>Mock SB&F website </li></ul><ul><li>References available at: www.educationideation.com </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>SB&F “Best List” </li></ul><ul><li>SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science finalist lists </li></ul><ul><li>NSTA “Outstanding Science Trade Books for K-12 Students” </li></ul><ul><li>NCSS Notable Trade Books for Young People </li></ul><ul><li>STEMSS website (UWL Curriculum Resource Center) </li></ul>
    4. 4. “ provides critical reviews of the scientifical accuracy and presentation of print, audiovisual, and electronic resources intended for use in science, technology, and mathematics education.”
    5. 5. <ul><li>4 categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children's Science Picture Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle Grades Science Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young Adult Science Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on Science Book </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 finalists books were used for Mock SB&F pilot </li></ul>
    6. 6. Spring / Fall 2008 <ul><li>Mock SB&F based on Mock Newberry for excellence in literature </li></ul><ul><li>88 pre-service teachers in Science Methods (semester before student teaching) </li></ul><ul><li>41 read five 2009 SB&F Prize Middle grades Science book finalists </li></ul><ul><li>47 read all five 2008 SB&F Prize Children’s Science Picture Book finalists </li></ul><ul><li>Completed rubric for each title </li></ul><ul><li>Election </li></ul>
    7. 7. Rubric <ul><li>Built on SB&F official judging criteria </li></ul><ul><li>The science content of the book is aligned to science content (at least one topic) identified for grades 5-8 in the WI Department of Public Instruction draft “Supplement to the Science Curriculum Planning Guide” </li></ul>
    8. 10. *official 2008 SB&F Prize winner Middle Grades Science Books Mock Prize Results Being Caribou 14 Tracking Trash 14 Frog Heaven 7 Circulating Life 5 Dinosaur Eggs Discovered* 1 41
    9. 11. *official 2008 SB&F Prize winner Children’s Picture Books Mock Prize Results Where in the Wild?* 38 Turtle Summer 8 Vulture View 1 Babies in the Bayou 0 Gregor Mendel 0 47
    10. 12. “ This exercise made me think about the scientific elements and accuracy in children’s books instead of just how engaging they are. I learned how to choose better science books for my future students” -- Pre-service teacher (middle school)
    11. 13. <ul><li>What’s Next? </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School Mock SB&F Prize Election (Winter 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Finalist Books in UWL Science Methods </li></ul><ul><li>2009/2010 Implementation in Foundations of Literacy course at UWO (all elementary & secondary Pre-service teachers involved) </li></ul>
    12. 14. Implementing @ your university
    13. 15. <ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>UWL School of Education </li></ul><ul><li>College of Science and Health </li></ul><ul><li>UWL Office of Continuing Education </li></ul><ul><li>UWL Murphy Library Endowment Fund Grant </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Foundation – MSP Start Partnership Grant - submitted </li></ul>
    14. 16. Eric Brunsell [email_address] Tim Gerber [email_address] References Available at: www.educationideation.com Image Credit: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2082/1664387589_46eeede673.jpg?v=0

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