Assignment 1

Discussion Board Completed by 12:00 PM, September 4
Hand in book list and URL in class, September 6, 2005

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1. Go to, another Internet site, or the library. Create a list of 10 elementary children’s books that can be used to relate science in the classroom. Give a complete bibliography reference and a short explanation of the each book. Choose one of the books and find a lesson plan online. Include a copy of the lesson plan and list the URL of the lesson on your assignment page.


In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree

Author(s): Bash, Barbara Grade Level(s): 3-5
Publisher: Sierra Club Books Publication Date: 1996
Illustrator: Barbara Bash Translator:
Genre(s): Narrative Nonfiction Classification(s): Picture Book, Read Aloud
Curriculum: Science Language(s): English
Award(s): Series:
Subject(s): Science Subject(s): Life Science (Biology)
Standards: Science Standards: 3 Life Sciences 3

This book highlights the importance and interrelationships of the banyan tree to a village in India. It features the activities of the village people and the local wildlife in and around the tree. The artwork includes double-page spread paintings that provide a close-up view.

Lesson URL:


2. Complete the following readings: (Can be read online or downloaded)

  • Syllabus
  • AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy, (Benchmarks) Chapter 1 online only
  • National Science Education Standards (Standards), Chapter 1 online or download
  • Science for All Children (All Children), Chapter 1 online or download
  • Selected PDF: Eisenkraft, A. (Sept., 2003). Expanding the 5-E Model. The Science Teacher, pp. 56-59. download
3. Go to our class Blackboard Discussion at Log in with your student username and password. Choose our class. There is a direct link on our class website: back to the Blackboard MyUSF site.
Post an answer to the question(s) and respond to at least one of your classmates ideas. Finish your responses no later than 12:00 p.m. September 4. You should have a minimum of 2 postings, yours and a response to someone else.

4. Prepare/plan for your Class Activity Presentation.
Find two others in your class to work with to present a Science Inquiry Activity/Lesson to the class. Sign up for a date to present.

5. Think about what your Science Project. The final will be a class Science Fair, complete with displays and judging.