Teaching Science in Elementary Schools
Children's Science Books
Giverny Book Award
Louisiana State University Award for "Best Children's Science
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children
National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council.awards.
Reviews of outstanding science materials
Barr, Catherine & Gillespie, John T. (2006). Best Books for Children.
Libraries Unlimited, Westport: Connecticut.
Matthew, Kathryn I. & Lowe, Joy L. (2002). Guide to
Recommended Children’s Books and Media for Use with Every Elementary
Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York.
1. Teacher Reference
The Teacher reference collection at the CRC contains several curriculum books,
lesson plans, and activity manuals for elementary and secondary science instruction.
Search in the ATAS online catalog for a science subject and limit the search
to materials found in the Curriculum Resources Center. Look for items which
have the call number designation ‘T Ref’.
2. Science Instructional
The CRC acquires science materials and manipulatives for use by WU education
students, student teachers, area schools, home-schoolers, etc. Items such as
microscopes, models, scales, pulleys, FOSS™ Inquiry Science Kits, skeletons,
videos, planetariums, etc. can be checked out. To search for ‘IM’s,
use the ATLAS online catalog.
The CRC collects recent and representative textbooks in major subject
areas. Use the ATLAS online catalog to search for particular titles, publishers,
etc. or browse in the textbook room.
Periodicals are found in three places: online,
at the CRC and at Mabee Library. There are several types of periodicals,
ranging from children’s magazines to professional journals
to scholarly/peer reviewed journals. To learn more about identifying
scholarly journals click
Children's Science Magazines
* Kansas School Naturalist
* Kids Discover
*National Geographic Kids
*Ranger Rick (ages 7+)
*Your Big Backyard (ages 3-7)
* Odyssey (Astronomy)
Science Teacher Professional Journals/ Newsletters
* NSTA Reports
* Teaching Children Mathematics
* Science Scopr
* Science & Children
Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Science Education Journals
*Journal of Research in Science Teaching
* Science Education
Citations, abstracts and some full-text for magazines,
professional journals, and scholarly journals.
Library Databases with Science Education Content
* Education Resources Information Center
* Major tool for searching education journals and trade journals
* One of the most comprehensive (millions of citations- 1966 to present)
* Includes journal research, teacher guides & lesson plans, government
* SOME full text
2. Education: Sage Full-Text Collection
* 26 Peer reviewed education journals all published by Sage & affiliates
*1966 to present
* Educational Theory and Research Topics
* Entirely Full-Text
3. Education Index
* Indexing from 1983+, Abstracting from 1994+, and SOME full-text from 1996+
*100's of journals
* Much of ERIC's content and 79 extra journals
* Educational theory and research topics
4. SIRS Discoverer
* Children's (k-12) database
* Non-fiction children's magazine articles
"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly
literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and
sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles,
from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories,
universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps
you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly
research." (from About Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html
Google Scholar Powerpoint Presentation
For more information on links to standards visit the STANDARDS page on the CRC homepage.
1. Kraus Curriculum Development Library
* The KCDL is a searchable database of curricula, frameworks, and standards
that brings together educational objectives, content, instructional
strategies, and evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in prek-12 and
(Available from the Mabee
Library Electronic Databases Web page.
2. Kansas State Board of Education Science
* 2005 and 2001 Science standards
3. FOSStm Kit Correlations to National and
* FOSStm Inquiry Lesson Plans http://www.fossweb.com/index.php
* North Carolina State U. Science Lesson Plans http://ncsu.edu/imse/4/lessons.htm
* Mid-continent Research for Education & Learning (MCREL) Lesson
* Elizabeth LaRosa’s Middle School Science Lessons http://www.middleschoolscience.com/
NWREL Inquiry Science Articles http://www.nwrel.org/msec/science_inq/4traits.html
Tretter, T.R. and M.G. Jones (2003) Relationships between inquiry-based
teaching and physical science standardized test scores. School Science
and Math 103 (7) Nov 2003.
Wise, K.C. (1996) Strategies for Teaching Science: What Works? The Clearing
House v 69, pp. 337-8 July/Aug ’96.
Chang, C&S. Mao (1999). Comparison of Taiwan Science Students’ Outcomes
with inquiry-Group Versus Traditional Instruction. The Journal of Educational
Research (Washington, D.C.) v 92 no 6 pp 340-6 July/Aug 1999.
Ball, D. L. (1988). The subject matter preparation of prospective
mathematics teachers: Challenging the myths (Research report 88-3),
East Lansing: Michigan State University, The National Center for
Research on Teacher Education.
Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, 2001. The Mathematical
Education of Teachers. Providence, RI: Mathematical Association of
Fennema, E. & Franke, M. L. (1992). Teachers’ knowledge and
Mathematics Teaching, 147-163.
Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind. New York: Basic Books.
Hunter, M. (1994) Mastery Teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
McDiarmid, G. W., & Ball, D. L. (1988). “Many moons”:
teacher learning from a teacher education perspective (Issue
Paper 88-5), East Lansing: Michigan State University, The National
Center for Research on Teacher Education.
Ma, L. (1999). Knowing and teaching elementary mathematics. Mahwah,
New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Mathematical Association of America. (1991) A Call for Change:
Recommendations for the Mathematical Preparation of Teachers of
Mathematics. Washington, DC: MAA.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (1989) Curriculum and
Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA.: NCTM.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2000) Principles and
Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: NCTM.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (1991) Professional
Standards for Teaching Mathematics. Reston, VA: NCTM.
National Research Council. (1996) National Science Education
Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.
Shulman, L. S., (1987) Those who understand: Knowledge growth in
teaching. Educational Researcher, 15:4-14.