SCIENCE RESOURCE PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT
As an elementary teacher you will be expected to be the “World’s best
generalist”. In the sciences, this means you must be prepared to teach life
science, earth science, physical science, etc.
However, even if you have a major in one (or more) of the sciences, it is
doubtful that you will have expertise in all the science content you will be
expected to teach in grades one through six. This project is designed to
assist you in remediating a deficient in your science content knowledge.
Choosing any area(s) of science where you believe that your content
knowledge in insufficient for competent, successful teaching on the
elementary level, you will develop a “resource portfolio”. Since you may
be required to teach any elementary grade, you are encouraged to collect a
wide variety of materials, lessons and activities that will meet the
requirements of the common core or CT. State department of Education
science standards. You can also select a topic that you are very interested
in… and use this project to expand you knowledge.
The materials collected for this project may be used in any number of lessons as well as disciplines outside of science (such as math, language arts, etc.) and for a variety of grades that you will be certified to teach.
The resource portfolio must include the following (this is the minimum!!!):
Topic or theme of portfolio
Table of Contents (all pages for resources must be numbered!)
1. Educational Resources for you and your students including:
A. 25+ Books & Magazines [include titles, authors, publishers & date
of publication (5+ – teacher resources, 20+ – student oriented)
B. 10+ Movies, Videos, DVD, Utube
C. Sample of an Internet search
1. 20+ websites specific to your topic
2. 2 rubrics designed to evaluate websites
3. 5+ lesson plans obtained from the “net”
2. 15+ Experiential activities and/or investigations that could be used to teach or enhance your unit.
3. 5+ Potential Field Trip sites – names, locations, activities provided.
4. 5+ Human Resources – Names, Title, Expertise, address, phone number & e-mail if possible
5. Your lessons, activities, websites, etc. must include the intended grade levels.
Note – You may add to the list (such as activities for students with special needs), but your portfolio must include everything identified above.
As stated above, this is the minimum to satisfy this requirement and to earn a ‘B’. To earn an ‘A’ you will need to have no less than:
35 books (10+ – teacher resources, 25+ – student oriented)
13 video, DVDs, UTube, etc.
3 rubrics designed to evaluate the websites
10 lessons from the internet
25 hands-on, experiential activities
10 field trip sites
10 potential human resources
It should be more than 15 Pages.