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Exploring the Concept of Matter in Elementary School Science: Density

Date: 5:00pm - 7:30pm PDT October 17, 2013 Location: Rogers Hall Room 108, Graduate Campus

This series of five workshops will provide K-5 teachers with tools and information needed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards with hands-on science lessons using inexpensive and easily accessible equipment.

These workshops can be taken as a series or as stand-alone sessions: attend one or all. See the grey “related content” box below for links to the other four workshops in this series.

Participants will come away from each session having experienced several lessons and activities that can be implemented in their classroom the very next day. A teacher’s guide, student handouts, and supply lists will be provided for each lesson.

This series will prepare you to effectively engage your K-5 classroom in a variety of fun science lessons that work for various levels of student independence. 

Questions this session will explore include:

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?

This workshop is part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: 5-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Joseph Minato, M.T.E.

Fee: $30, includes CEUs/PDUs

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Credit option: This workshop is part of the Fall 2013 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. 

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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