Picturebooks for teaching science

Picturebooks for teaching science

This beautifully illustrated picturebook, A Rock is Lively, is an excellent introduction to the topic of rocks and minerals, which is part of Ontario’s Grade 4 Science and Technology Curriculum under the Understanding Earth and Space Systems strand. The book addresses Overall expectation 3 to “demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of rocks and minerals” (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2007). […]

Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

Picture caption– Through the looking glass: “An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.” (Max Planck) My view of science is captured in this image, which reflects the notion that science at its core is an activity motivated by the human instinct to question […]

Preservice teacher perspectives: What is science?

Preservice teacher perspectives: What is science?

This wordle was created using the output of three different groups of preservice teachers after they held a brainstorming session centered on the question: “What is science?”. The larger words illustrate ideas that were common or recurring among groups. For example, descriptors brainstormed by all groups included: technology, experiments, and the classic disciplines of chemistry, […]

Visual science

Visual science

This comic grabbed my attention because it uses humor to illustrate the various stakeholders involved in making decisions related to climate change policy (e.g. scientists, policy makers, politicians, economists, etc.). It also demonstrates the pitfalls of waiting for consensus among these stakeholders and emphasizes that time is of the essence when it comes to environmental change […]