Educator Pre-service Preparation

Overview

California State University, East Bay has developed a new, highly-accessible, focused, and standards-based sequence comprised of four online lecture courses and four lab courses designed to prepare teachers to earn address the state’s teaching Authorization in Foundational Level General Science (FLGS). One goal of this program is to support pre-service and in-service teachers in developing the expertise to become authorized to teach science in grades 6 through 8. An additional goal is to enhance K-8 teachers’ content knowledge for delivering high quality science instruction throughout the elementary and middle school grades.

The program’s new courses were developed with the additional goal of providing inquiry-based learning opportunities that demonstrate how scientific principles and mathematical approaches are applied in developing technologies and in achieving advances in engineering disciplines. A key feature of the program was therefore intentional attention to integration of the STEM disciplines and engineering applications. 

This was achieved through the collaborative efforts of faculty from science, mathematics, engineering, teacher education, and practicing engineers. Course content was designed to prepare teachers to pass California State teacher licensing exams in science (CSET 118 and 119).

However, because these courses also focus on developing scientific and engineering practices and linking crosscutting concepts, they are fully applicable to the Next Generation Science Standards. Laboratory activities were developed to model inquiry-based learning, rather than “cookbook” approaches that are often used in labs.  The labs are sophisticated, content-rich activities that can be adapted to the elementary-or-middle-school science classroom. Lab activities have been developed for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics.

Examples of these lab activities are:

Determining the Density of an Unknown Liquid

Water Purification Challenge


Presentations Materials

Integrated Science Courses and Labs at CSU East Bay

WestEd Webinar

Experiment 1: Determining the Density of an Unknown Liquid

Experiment 2: Development of the Periodic Table: Part I

Experiment 3: Development of the Periodic Table: Part II

Experiment 4: Calorimetry

Experiment 5: Atomic Spectroscopy

Experiment 6: Synthesis of Soap

Experiment 7: Molecular Geometry

Experiment 8: Water Purification


Assessment and Evaluation Approaches

Foundational Chemistry Syllabus

Foundational Chemistry Lab Syllabus

Experiment 1: Determining the Density of an Unknown Liquid - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 2: Development of the Periodic Table: Part I - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 3: Development of the Periodic Table: Part II - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 4: Calorimetry - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 5: Atomic Spectroscopy - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 6: Synthesis of Soap - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 7: Molecular Geomtry - PRE-LAB Questions

Experiment 8: Water Purification - PRE-LAB Questions

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Integrated Middle School Science

The SF Bay Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership located at CSU East Bay is a collaborative project between the university, county offices of education, informal education organizations, and 33 middle schools in ten school districts across four counties in the San Francisco Bay area. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project has created exemplary cases of inquiry-based middle school science that reflect the central practices of the NGSS.

Foundational Level General Science Laboratory Descriptions

Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics

Redesigned Labs for NGSS Lessons

Interview with Bob Miller on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Force Fields: Action at a Distance

Interview with Linda Preminger on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Differential Heating of Ambient Air and CO2

Interview with Dr. Tony Masiello on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Determining the Density of an Unknown Liquid

Interview with Dr Jeffrey Seitz on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Weathering of Rocks and Minerals - Instructional Cases

Interview with Dr. Jill Johnsen on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Free Fall

Interview with Megen Jensen on redesigning labs to reflect NGSS:

Crab Claw Activity

Interview with Dr. Caron Inouye

Development of Foundational Level General Science (FLGS) Labs