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Pop Bottle Science
3 In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Vincent La Ruina May 1-30, July 1-30, October 1-30
You'll learn how to do 79 easy, hands-on experiments, using little more than a pop bottle and some other basic and cheap supplies you can find in your kitchen. The experiments cover chemistry, physics, biology, geology, weather, the human body, and astronomy; they are a great supplement to any textbook or science curriculum. All experiments are designed to be taught using the scientific method, which reinforces a scientific way of thinking throughout and adds consistency. All scientific principles are explained. This course is appropriate for all science teachers in grades K-12. NYS science, math, ELA, and technology standards are addressed. This course does require the purchase Pop Bottle Science, which can be found online at Amazon.com, or at your local bookseller for $14.95. The book includes many materials needed for experiments.
How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core State
This course will address the CCSS ELA Standards relating to writing. Students will perform experiments and write lab reports based on the scientific method.
How with this course benefit my classroom instruction and student learning
By teaching science with an emphasis on the CCSS Standards, students will develop their writing skills. All major areas of science are covered, including molecules, pushes and pulls, reactions, Earth and space, weather, plants and living things, light, sound, and the human body.
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.