Science: An Elementary Teacher’s Guide

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Young students are naturally curious and easily drawn to science.

This book serves as a guide for elementary teachers to effectively teach science in their classrooms. It is also intended to provide elementary education majors with the science background they need for their qualifying exams. Each chapter will provide adequate background explanations so the teacher can understand the fundamentals of the topic, as well as specific ideas and resources for teaching the concepts to different elementary age groups.

This book began as a project of Sul Ross Rio Grande College students in April 2016 (see Contributors).



Philosophy of Science and Teaching[edit]

  1. Educational Psychology and Science Teaching
  2. History and methods of Western science
  3. Hypothesis testing, data collection, analysis, and publication
  4. Observing, questioning, measuring, presenting
  5. Challenges to teaching science in elementary schools
  6. How do students learn?
  7. Diverse Populations in the Classroom
  8. Curriculum Materials and Technology
Philosophy of Science and Teaching Quiz


  1. Objects in motion
  2. Energy, work, power, heat
  3. Properties of Air
  4. Water Pressure and Buoyancy
  5. Simple machines
  6. Light
  7. Sound
  8. Electricity and magnetism
  9. Astronomy
Physics Quiz


  1. History
  2. The Periodic Table
  3. The Building Blocks of Matter
  4. States of Matter
  5. Properties of Matter
  6. Mass, Weight, and Inertia
  7. Chemical Reactions
  8. Chemistry Classroom Experiments
Chemistry Quiz

Earth Sciences[edit]

  1. A History of Planet Earth
  2. Rocks, earthquakes, and erosion
  3. Minerals
  4. Water Cycle
  5. Oceans
  6. Earth's Atmosphere
  7. Weather, seasons, and climate
  8. Food Chain
  9. Environmental stewardship
  10. Beyond the Earth
Earth Science Quiz


  1. Cells
  2. Genetics and Inheritance
  3. Microbes
  4. Plants
  5. Animals
  6. Tissues in the Body
  7. The Human Body: Muscles
  8. The Human Body: The Skeletal System
  9. The Human Body: The Circulatory System
  10. The Human Body: Brain and Nervous System
Biology Quiz

Additional Resources[edit]

  1. Additional Readings & Activities
  2. Preparing for the TExES exam
  3. Contributors
  4. Sandbox