Special Topics in Insects in the Classroom: Bugs as teaching tools for all ages
Special Topics in Elementary Science Teaching Methods: Putting inquiry and integration into practice
|Credit Hours:||Six (6)|
|Semester:||First Summer Session 1998|
|Class location:||Room 205, Minnie Belle Heep Building; Room 336, Harrington Tower and the Brazos Valley Museum as indicated|
|Time:||8:00 am to 12:00 Noon.|
Course description: This course will explore the use of insects as a teaching tool in K-12 education. The course will focus on the teaching of science concepts and on the development of critical thinking skills, and will extend to concepts of using insects as a tool to teaching across the curricula of science, mathematics, English, history, and art. The course is intended for in-service and upper division pre-service science teachers.
Prerequisites: Approval of EDCI coordinator and Co-enrollment in EDCI 489 Special Topics in Elementary Science Teaching Methods and ENTO 489 Special Topics in Insects in the Classroom.
Instructors: Dr. Pete Teel, Dr. John Jackman, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Mr. Richard Huey, Dr. Delmar Janke, and Dr. Dawn Parker
| Week I | Week II |
Week III | Week IV |
Week V ||
| Course Evaluation Procedures |
Session 1 (Monday, June 1/Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History).
|Session 2||(Tuesday, June 2/Heep Center Room 205).|
Diversity In The Insect World... or, So Many Bugs and So Little Time!
|Session 3||(Wednesday, June 3/Heep Center, Room 205).
Complexity in Ecosystems - The basics of how diversity, abundance, and and interactions become the foundation for critical thinking about environmental issues.
|Session 4.||Thursday, June 4th/Field Trip to Lick Creek Park.
Diversity in Terrestrial and Aquatic Habitats.
" Scavenger Hunt"
Opportunities to use photography and video to integrate field and classroom connections.
|Session 5.||Friday, June 5th/Making an Insect Collection.
Why? and How?
Ethics related to killing specimens and alternatives.
Dry vs Wet Collections.
Pins, points, and spreading boards.
Presentation, labeling, and preservation.
Preparation of material collected during the Field Trip.
Session 6. Monday, June 8th/Culturing Insects
Session 7. Tuesday, June 9th/ The Expanded Classroom...or, Right On Your Own School Grounds!
Other Habitats and School Ground Resources
Prepare testable hypotheses for field trip.
Define field trip goals and objectives.
Define what is to be collected, how, and why.
Designate groups and BISD school campus sites.
Use of Paired Projects and Groups.
Assignment: Classroom presentation of Friday, June 12th.
|Session 8.||Wednesday, June 10th / Field Trip to BISD School
Data Collection and Observations.
Processing of samples.
Compilation of data - use of tables, charts, graphs
Discussions and conclusions
About the teaching opportunities
About the science
Assignment: Guidelines for classroom presentations
Guidelines for Team Investigations (Independent Student Study;
Guided Imagery; Family Science; Interactive Bulletin Boards)
Session 9. Thursday, June 11th / Insects Across the Curriculum... Versatile Bugs!
Session l0. Friday, June 12th / Those School Ground Bugs....What did we learn?
Session 11. Monday, June 15th / Preparation for the Classroom Experience
Session 12. Tuesday, June 16th/Harrington Education Center, Room 336
|Session 13.||Wednesday, June 17th/ Harrington Education Center, Room.336 Preparation of materials.|
|Session 14.||Thursday, June 18th/ Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center|
|Session 15.||Friday, June l9th/ Harrington Education Center, Room.336 Discussion with each teacher group about their goals, plans, evaluation procedures, and mid-course alternatives.|
|Session 16.||Monday, June 22nd / Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center Teaching Experience and Evaluation.|
|Session 17.||Tuesday, June 23rd / Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center Teaching Experience and Evaluation.|
|Session 18.||Wednesday, June 24th / Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center Teaching Experience and Evaluation.|
|Session 19.||Thursday, June 25th / Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center. Teaching Experience and Evaluation.|
|Session 20.||Friday, June 26th / Brazos Valley Museum, Brazos Center. Teaching Exserience and Evaluation.|
|Session 21.||Monday, June 29th / Harrington Education Center, Room 336 Review and Discussion of Student Experiences. Expansion of ideas and conceDts for teachina.|
|Session 22.||Tuesday, June 30th / Harrington Education Center, Room 336 Course Evaluation Discussion and Guidance for Course Improvement.|
Course Evaluation Procedures:
Course grades will be based on the following scale.
A 100-90 Excellent B 89-80 Good C 79-70 Satisfactory D 69-60 Unsatisfactory F 59 or below Poor, and failing.
Course performance will be based on the following participation and learning tasks. Each of the first five tasks are worth 15% of the total grade for the courses. The last task is worth 25% of the total grade for the courses.
* Insect Pet Journal * Field Trip Presentation * Team Investigations * Evaluation of Lesson Plans * Preparation of Insect Collection (10 specimens) * Delivery and Evaluation Report of Classroom Teaching Experience (Week IV).
Drees, B. and J.A. Jackman. 1998. Field Guide to Texas Insects Golden Nature Guide Book to Insects Golden Nature Guide Book to Butterflies & Moths Golden Nature Guide Book to Spiders National and State Science Edcuation documents and materials Binder of articles and lesson plans compiled from various sources. World Wide Web compilation of resource addresses/sites. A series of books, catelogs, and documents will be placed on reserve.