Teaching and Learning Online

Science for Elementary Grade Levels

Edited by:
Franklin S. Allaire, University of Houston-Downtown
Jennifer E. Killham, University of La Verne

A volume in the series: Teaching and Learning Online. Editor(s): Franklin S. Allaire, University of Houston-Downtown. Jennifer E. Killham, University of La Verne.

Published 2022

Science is unique among the disciplines since it is inherently hands-on. However, the hands-on nature of science instruction also makes it uniquely challenging when teaching in virtual environments. How do we, as science teachers, deliver high-quality experiences in an online environment that leads to age/grade-level appropriate science content knowledge and literacy, but also collaborative experiences in the inquiry process and the nature of science?

The expansion of online environments for education poses logistical and pedagogical challenges for early childhood and elementary science teachers and early learners. Despite digital media becoming more available and ubiquitous and increases in online spaces for teaching and learning (Killham et al., 2014; Wong et al., 2018), PreK-12 teachers consistently report feeling underprepared or overwhelmed by online learning environments (Molnar et al., 2021; Seaman et al., 2018). This is coupled with persistent challenges related to elementary teachers’ lack of confidence and low science teaching self-efficacy (Brigido, Borrachero, Bermejo, & Mellado, 2013; Gunning & Mensah, 2011).

Teaching and Learning Online: Science for Elementary Grade Levels comprises three distinct sections: Frameworks, Teacher’s Journeys, and Lesson Plans. Each section explores the current trends and the unique challenges facing elementary teachers and students when teaching and learning science in online environments. All three sections include alignment with Next Generation Science Standards, tips and advice from the authors, online resources, and discussion questions to foster individual reflection as well as small group/classwide discussion. Teacher’s Journeys and Lesson Plan sections use the 5E model (Bybee et al., 2006; Duran & Duran, 2004). Ideal for undergraduate teacher candidates, graduate students, teacher educators, classroom teachers, parents, and administrators, this book addresses why and how teachers use online environments to teach science content and work with elementary students through a research-based foundation.

Introduction: Teaching and Learning Online: Science for Elementary Grade Levels, Franklin S. Allaire and Jennifer E. Killham. PART I: FRAMEWORKS Strategies and Tips for Teaching Nature of Science Lessons in Online Settings, Omah M. Williams-Duncan. Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Online Elementary STEM Education, Anne Mangahas. Integrating Social Justice Pedagogy in an Online Elementary Science Classroom, Tonya D. Jeffery, Emily A. Jackson-Osagie, and Justina A. Ogodo. Science Language Routines for Online Settings: Supporting Science Learning for English Learners in Elementary Grades, Preetha K. Menon. Using TPACK and T3 Lenses to Promote and Support Science Online Learning Experiences in Early Childhood, Kheng Ly-Hoang, Valerie Y. Sun, and Sharon H. Ulanoff. Strategies and Tools for Success in Inquiry-Based Online Collaborative Learning Environments, Sahar Alameh, Sagan Goodpaster, and Christopher Preece. Let’s Talk Science: Using Questioning to Foster Discussion in the Online Elementary Classroom, Jennifer C. Stark, Shim Lew, and John L. Pecore. Adapting to the New Science Classroom: Leveraging the 5Es in Online Settings, L. Octavia Tripp and Victoria Cardullo. PART II: TEACHER’S JOURNEYS. Exploring Media Use in Online Hands-On 2nd Grade Bridge Unit, Maaike Bouwmeester and Shilpa Sahay. Plants, Plants, What Do You Need? An Online Second-Grade Science Lesson, Tynetta Jenkins and Jami C. Friedrich. Empowering Elementary Students Through Interactive Nature Journaling, Tina Cheuk. Getting Hands On In-Person and Online with Science Olympiad’s ‘Save the Ice!’, Katrina A. Pavlik, Shari J. Haug, Jennifer A. Kopach, and John F. Loehr. PART III: LESSON PLANS. Flowing Charges, Philomena N. Agu. Testing Properties of Matter: Which Facemask Materials are Most Effective for Preventing the Spread of Disease? Jessica L. Chen. Integrating Satellite Imagery and 360-Degree Photo Spheres to Teach: Environmental Science Online for Elementary Students, Matthew Clay. Tracking Clouds in the Cloud, Sagan Goodpaster and Sahar Alameh. Hurricanes and the Incredible Mystery of Disappearing Land, David Steele, Tamar More, Sharon Sherman, Janet Stramel, and Sophia Jeong. Saving The World, One R At a Time! Roxana Yanez Gonzalez, Christine D. Tippett, and Todd M. Milford. Investigating Speed and Energy with Balloon Rockets, Amy Vo. Using Chromatography to Identify Properties of Matter, Amy Vo. Biographies.