Exploring the Concept of Matter in Elementary School Science: Density
Date: 5:00pm - 7:30pm PST November 14, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus
Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus
Why do some things float and others don’t? How can a very dense substance like a steel ship float? What role does the fluid play in floating? What is the definition of density? How do we express density mathematically? How do we measure density? How do we calculate density? Can we sort objects using density? What role does density play in arranging elements on the periodic table?
About Exploring the Concept of Matter in Elementary School Science
- These 5 workshops are designed to be accessible as either a series or as stand-alone sessions.
- Each session will include content, activities, and teaching methods appropriate for K-5 classrooms.
- A variety of teaching techniques will be modeled. Special emphasis will be placed on effective use of inquiry at various levels of student independence.
- We will address how to integrate the topic of matter into math and literacy lessons, and vice versa.
Credit option: This workshop is part of the “Science Series”. Each workshop can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series.
Instructor: Joseph Minato, M.T.E.
About the Instructor
Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at the Portland Jewish Academy and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.
While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.
Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.
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