Certificate in Teaching Science: Grades 4-6 Online Course

Increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for children in fourth through sixth grades.

Certificate in Teaching Science: Grades 4-6 Online Course

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Learn Different Teaching Techniques in Science Grades 4-6

Want to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades? Join us and learn about the nature and history of science as well as how to help students in this age group grasp the scientific method. 

You'll receive lots of worksheets and specific examples of some great experiments you can use in your own classroom. We'll cover principles of direct instruction and many different learning and organizational tools that will benefit your students. You'll even learn how you can use science class to improve the emotional climate in your classroom!

All through this Certificate in Teaching Science: Grades 4-6 Online Course, we'll provide worksheets and check lists you and your students can put to immediate use. You'll see how helpful they are in the lessons on the scientific method, writing a research paper, and producing a science fair. We'll also cover foundational content in both physical science and life science. You'll learn how to use a study of the earth's atmosphere to teach students how to make and interpret a variety of graphs—an important skill for standardized testing.

By the end of the course, you'll have gained knowledge about both science and teaching methods. Your confidence will soar and you'll have many new skills that will benefit both you and the children you teach. You'll also learn about some of the best Web sites available to science teachers—they'll be great resources for you! And we'll all benefit from the Discussion Area where you can share your experiences and profit from the experiences of your fellow teachers

Course Fast Facts:

  • Only 6 weeks to complete this course
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units of study

An Introduction to Science Instruction

In this first lesson, we'll go over the challenges and joys of teaching science to this age group. You'll learn why this subject can be so difficult to teach and some specific ways to overcome those difficulties. We'll also discuss how you can help your students use their textbooks most effectively and some great tricks to help your students improve their memories.

The Scientific Method

We'll begin this lesson with a short history lesson. You'll learn about some of the wrong beliefs scientists held just a few centuries ago and how some courageous scientists challenged those beliefs. Then we'll move on to a discussion about different types of scientific research where you'll learn the distinctions between correlational studies, demonstrations, and experiments. We'll next focus on using the scientific method to design great experiments, and you'll become an expert at identifying control and experimental groups, and control, independent, and dependent variables. Most importantly, you'll be able to convey that knowledge to your students!

The Nature of Science

For most of human history, we believed that the sun and other planets orbited the earth. To help you gain a firm understanding of the nature of science, we'll discuss the lives of four scientists who challenged that conventional theory about the solar system. You'll see how our present understanding of the solar system changed over time, an important illustration of the development of scientific thought. After you learn about the differences between models, theories, and laws, I'll walk you through a lesson plan that will help your students understand the nature of science, and give you some suggestions for special projects your students might enjoy.

Principles of Direct Instruction

Research shows that using direct instruction increases achievement in the science classroom. In this lesson, I'll explain exactly what direct instruction involves and show you how it lays a strong foundation for higher-level thinking skills. You'll learn about a valuable concept called the Zone of Proximal Development, freeing you to meet the needs of the individual children in your classroom. We'll discuss scaffolding, a great technique related to this concept. And to demonstrate these principles, we'll go through a lesson plan step-by-step that you can use as a model.

Learning and Organizational Tools

We'll continue our discussion of teaching methods in this lesson. First, though, we'll discuss the steps successful students follow when they learn new information. You'll see how excellent instruction helps students go through these steps, and how you can meet four distinct objectives when teaching new material. We'll then move on to using outlines, charts, and concept maps. I'll share an example of an assignment checklist you can give your students to help them stay organized. I'll also include a teacher's checklist to help you plan your chapter and unit studies.

Writing a Research Paper

Students must write research papers throughout their educational careers. Now is a great time to help them acquire great writing skills through direct instruction. To help all my students succeed, I developed a guide to help them, including pages to help them organize their notes, a set of questions they should answer, a way to record the references they used, and templates for their bibliographies. For further assistance, I gave them a checklist to keep them on track. I'll share this guide with you in this lesson, and you're free to use it with your own students. We'll also talk about why you should reduce your support during subsequent papers so your students become more independent.

The Emotional Environment in the Classroom

We all know those teachers who seem to possess a special magic. Their students love them, yet they aren't pushovers. Successful teachers understand the importance of a positive emotional climate in the classroom. They know it fosters learning, encourages students' efforts, and builds great relationships. In this lesson, we'll discuss specific ways you can be one of those teachers. We'll even address the special needs of this age group, since many will begin puberty during this time.

Essential Concepts in Physical Science

Today, we'll concentrate on the driving force that exists in both chemistry and physics—the drive for equilibrium. We'll start by reviewing some basic principles of chemistry, including the structure and behavior of atoms, ions, and molecules. Then we'll go over states of matter and the differences between their shape, volume, structure, molecular movement, and energy level. By the end of the lesson, you'll have a good understanding of thermal, mechanical, and chemical equilibrium and you'll know how to teach those concepts to your students. And I'll include some fun activities you can share with your students that they'll really enjoy.

Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part I

Amazingly, all living creatures, no matter how different, share some common characteristics. Once your students understand these characteristics, they'll have a greater appreciation for all living organisms. Today we'll go over these characteristics and talk about the way all living creatures are organized. You'll learn more about the different roles of the organ systems, and we'll end the lesson with a discussion of modern cell theory. Throughout the lesson, I'll give you ideas for activities you can use to teach these concepts to your students.

Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part II

Everything that happens inside living organisms, and much of their behavior, is driven by the need to maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment, no matter what's happening in the environment. It's an essential concept for both you and your students to understand, so we'll spend some time on it in this lesson. Then we'll go on to a discussion about equilibrium in ecosystems. I'll share a unit study that you'll students will love—the development of an environmental notebook.

Earth Science and Science Process Skills

As most of you know, school districts put a big emphasis on standardized tests. Students are expected to master the ability to read and interpret several different types of graphs. In this lesson, I'll use a topic in earth science, the atmosphere, to show you ways to help your students master this skill. You'll learn how to construct graphs one step at a time, so you can pass that skill on to your students. If students can construct their own graphs, they're more likely to accurately interpret those others have made. We'll cover pie charts, single- and multiple-bar charts, single- and multiple-line charts, and scatter plots.

Science Fair

If your school puts on a science fair, you know that it's something teachers, parents, and students often greet with a mixture of fear and dread. It doesn't have to be that way. In our final lesson, I'll give you worksheets and checklists to guide you and your students every step of the way, making the process more manageable. I'll also share a guide for oral presentations and a sample judging sheet. I know you'll see the value of science fairs after you finish with this lesson

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Customer Reviews


I enjoyed this class and found it useful. The writing style used in the lessons made it easy to understand and interesting to follow. It was great to brush up on scientific knowledge, learn some new information, and review some best practices to help me better meet the instructional needs of my students.

I found this course to be very beneficial to me. I would highly recommend it to anyone who teaches science no matter the grade level.

I really enjoyed the content of the course and the way it was presented. I gained a lot of scientific knowledge that I perhaps had forgotten. I also gained valuable techniques in conducting not only a science class, but will be able to integrate them into my other contents. Thank you.

I really enjoyed this class! The instructor's teaching style was very clear, direct, and methodical. She covered all of the topics thoroughly, and wrote in a very friendly and interesting style. As I finished each lesson, I was already looking forward to the next! Also, the supplementary materials and resources at the end of each lesson are so valuable and will be very useful to me. I am sure I will refer to all the materials in this course over and over again.

Thank you so much for all the information. I feel much more capable of teaching science to my students.

I enjoyed this class and found it useful. The writing style used in the lessons made it easy to understand and interesting to follow. It was great to brush up on scientific knowledge, learn some new information, and review some best practices to help me better meet the instructional needs of my students.

The instructor, Holly Trimble, is very good at getting to the core of instruction. In the past, I had felt like I was teaching bits and pieces of scientific information. It was not until I read the chapter on the drive for equilibrium that I saw it all tied together. But, I had never been able to put that into words to let my students understand that concept. I teach high school science and math, and I found this course invaluable. I will use what I learned in these lessons every day in class!

This was the best education course I have ever taken. The lessons were great and the resources given at the end of each lesson were terrific. I wish I had taken this course many years ago - my students would have benefited from it!

This was a very helpful course and the instructor was wonderful! She broke down the information into manageable chunks and included real classroom stories. She also included a ton of supplementary information to help us research anything we might need to use in our classrooms. I made a notebook of all the lessons, and I know it will be a very useful guide for me this year!

I have taken many science courses in my teaching career, but no course has really taught me science and how to use it in my classroom like this one! It has been previously hard for me to teach science because I never understood it myself. Science concepts were never explained in a way that I could understand them until now. I will never again dread teaching science. Thank you so much!

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Learn Different Teaching Techniques in Science Grades 4-6

Want to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades? Join us and learn about the nature and history of science as well as how to help students in this age group grasp the scientific method. 

You'll receive lots of worksheets and specific examples of some great experiments you can use in your own classroom. We'll cover principles of direct instruction and many different learning and organizational tools that will benefit your students. You'll even learn how you can use science class to improve the emotional climate in your classroom!

All through this Certificate in Teaching Science: Grades 4-6 Online Course, we'll provide worksheets and check lists you and your students can put to immediate use. You'll see how helpful they are in the lessons on the scientific method, writing a research paper, and producing a science fair. We'll also cover foundational content in both physical science and life science. You'll learn how to use a study of the earth's atmosphere to teach students how to make and interpret a variety of graphs—an important skill for standardized testing.

By the end of the course, you'll have gained knowledge about both science and teaching methods. Your confidence will soar and you'll have many new skills that will benefit both you and the children you teach. You'll also learn about some of the best Web sites available to science teachers—they'll be great resources for you! And we'll all benefit from the Discussion Area where you can share your experiences and profit from the experiences of your fellow teachers

Course Fast Facts:

  • Only 6 weeks to complete this course
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units of study

An Introduction to Science Instruction

In this first lesson, we'll go over the challenges and joys of teaching science to this age group. You'll learn why this subject can be so difficult to teach and some specific ways to overcome those difficulties. We'll also discuss how you can help your students use their textbooks most effectively and some great tricks to help your students improve their memories.

The Scientific Method

We'll begin this lesson with a short history lesson. You'll learn about some of the wrong beliefs scientists held just a few centuries ago and how some courageous scientists challenged those beliefs. Then we'll move on to a discussion about different types of scientific research where you'll learn the distinctions between correlational studies, demonstrations, and experiments. We'll next focus on using the scientific method to design great experiments, and you'll become an expert at identifying control and experimental groups, and control, independent, and dependent variables. Most importantly, you'll be able to convey that knowledge to your students!

The Nature of Science

For most of human history, we believed that the sun and other planets orbited the earth. To help you gain a firm understanding of the nature of science, we'll discuss the lives of four scientists who challenged that conventional theory about the solar system. You'll see how our present understanding of the solar system changed over time, an important illustration of the development of scientific thought. After you learn about the differences between models, theories, and laws, I'll walk you through a lesson plan that will help your students understand the nature of science, and give you some suggestions for special projects your students might enjoy.

Principles of Direct Instruction

Research shows that using direct instruction increases achievement in the science classroom. In this lesson, I'll explain exactly what direct instruction involves and show you how it lays a strong foundation for higher-level thinking skills. You'll learn about a valuable concept called the Zone of Proximal Development, freeing you to meet the needs of the individual children in your classroom. We'll discuss scaffolding, a great technique related to this concept. And to demonstrate these principles, we'll go through a lesson plan step-by-step that you can use as a model.

Learning and Organizational Tools

We'll continue our discussion of teaching methods in this lesson. First, though, we'll discuss the steps successful students follow when they learn new information. You'll see how excellent instruction helps students go through these steps, and how you can meet four distinct objectives when teaching new material. We'll then move on to using outlines, charts, and concept maps. I'll share an example of an assignment checklist you can give your students to help them stay organized. I'll also include a teacher's checklist to help you plan your chapter and unit studies.

Writing a Research Paper

Students must write research papers throughout their educational careers. Now is a great time to help them acquire great writing skills through direct instruction. To help all my students succeed, I developed a guide to help them, including pages to help them organize their notes, a set of questions they should answer, a way to record the references they used, and templates for their bibliographies. For further assistance, I gave them a checklist to keep them on track. I'll share this guide with you in this lesson, and you're free to use it with your own students. We'll also talk about why you should reduce your support during subsequent papers so your students become more independent.

The Emotional Environment in the Classroom

We all know those teachers who seem to possess a special magic. Their students love them, yet they aren't pushovers. Successful teachers understand the importance of a positive emotional climate in the classroom. They know it fosters learning, encourages students' efforts, and builds great relationships. In this lesson, we'll discuss specific ways you can be one of those teachers. We'll even address the special needs of this age group, since many will begin puberty during this time.

Essential Concepts in Physical Science

Today, we'll concentrate on the driving force that exists in both chemistry and physics—the drive for equilibrium. We'll start by reviewing some basic principles of chemistry, including the structure and behavior of atoms, ions, and molecules. Then we'll go over states of matter and the differences between their shape, volume, structure, molecular movement, and energy level. By the end of the lesson, you'll have a good understanding of thermal, mechanical, and chemical equilibrium and you'll know how to teach those concepts to your students. And I'll include some fun activities you can share with your students that they'll really enjoy.

Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part I

Amazingly, all living creatures, no matter how different, share some common characteristics. Once your students understand these characteristics, they'll have a greater appreciation for all living organisms. Today we'll go over these characteristics and talk about the way all living creatures are organized. You'll learn more about the different roles of the organ systems, and we'll end the lesson with a discussion of modern cell theory. Throughout the lesson, I'll give you ideas for activities you can use to teach these concepts to your students.

Essential Concepts in Life Science, Part II

Everything that happens inside living organisms, and much of their behavior, is driven by the need to maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment, no matter what's happening in the environment. It's an essential concept for both you and your students to understand, so we'll spend some time on it in this lesson. Then we'll go on to a discussion about equilibrium in ecosystems. I'll share a unit study that you'll students will love—the development of an environmental notebook.

Earth Science and Science Process Skills

As most of you know, school districts put a big emphasis on standardized tests. Students are expected to master the ability to read and interpret several different types of graphs. In this lesson, I'll use a topic in earth science, the atmosphere, to show you ways to help your students master this skill. You'll learn how to construct graphs one step at a time, so you can pass that skill on to your students. If students can construct their own graphs, they're more likely to accurately interpret those others have made. We'll cover pie charts, single- and multiple-bar charts, single- and multiple-line charts, and scatter plots.

Science Fair

If your school puts on a science fair, you know that it's something teachers, parents, and students often greet with a mixture of fear and dread. It doesn't have to be that way. In our final lesson, I'll give you worksheets and checklists to guide you and your students every step of the way, making the process more manageable. I'll also share a guide for oral presentations and a sample judging sheet. I know you'll see the value of science fairs after you finish with this lesson

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

I enjoyed this class and found it useful. The writing style used in the lessons made it easy to understand and interesting to follow. It was great to brush up on scientific knowledge, learn some new information, and review some best practices to help me better meet the instructional needs of my students.

I found this course to be very beneficial to me. I would highly recommend it to anyone who teaches science no matter the grade level.

I really enjoyed the content of the course and the way it was presented. I gained a lot of scientific knowledge that I perhaps had forgotten. I also gained valuable techniques in conducting not only a science class, but will be able to integrate them into my other contents. Thank you.

I really enjoyed this class! The instructor's teaching style was very clear, direct, and methodical. She covered all of the topics thoroughly, and wrote in a very friendly and interesting style. As I finished each lesson, I was already looking forward to the next! Also, the supplementary materials and resources at the end of each lesson are so valuable and will be very useful to me. I am sure I will refer to all the materials in this course over and over again.

Thank you so much for all the information. I feel much more capable of teaching science to my students.

I enjoyed this class and found it useful. The writing style used in the lessons made it easy to understand and interesting to follow. It was great to brush up on scientific knowledge, learn some new information, and review some best practices to help me better meet the instructional needs of my students.

The instructor, Holly Trimble, is very good at getting to the core of instruction. In the past, I had felt like I was teaching bits and pieces of scientific information. It was not until I read the chapter on the drive for equilibrium that I saw it all tied together. But, I had never been able to put that into words to let my students understand that concept. I teach high school science and math, and I found this course invaluable. I will use what I learned in these lessons every day in class!

This was the best education course I have ever taken. The lessons were great and the resources given at the end of each lesson were terrific. I wish I had taken this course many years ago - my students would have benefited from it!

This was a very helpful course and the instructor was wonderful! She broke down the information into manageable chunks and included real classroom stories. She also included a ton of supplementary information to help us research anything we might need to use in our classrooms. I made a notebook of all the lessons, and I know it will be a very useful guide for me this year!

I have taken many science courses in my teaching career, but no course has really taught me science and how to use it in my classroom like this one! It has been previously hard for me to teach science because I never understood it myself. Science concepts were never explained in a way that I could understand them until now. I will never again dread teaching science. Thank you so much!

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007SCI
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

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  • 11 December

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