Features and Benefits

  • Show future teachers why it is important to think about thinking. The first part of the book looks at this new way of teaching–using the underlying framework of big ideas as a way to integrate math and science.
  • Help students plan for assessment before teaching begins. Chapter 2 provides the knowledge needed in this critical area of teaching.
  • Help students construct meaningful understandings of how math and science can be integrated through the big ideas that form the structure for any curriculum.
    • A full chapter is devoted to each big idea–patterns, transformation, movement, balance and symmetry, and relationships. Within each chapter, two modules look in depth at different aspects of the big idea of the chapter. Use the modules as stand-alone units or models for lesson planning.
  • Engage students in classroom experiences through real-life scenarios, illustrations, and photos.
    • Scenarios provide ideas students can discuss and analyze as they plan for teaching. The real-life scenarios presented in each chapter give meaning to the big ideas.
    • Illustrations help pre-service educators understand the important concepts.
    • Authentic photos of children engaged in constructivist activities illustrate how learning should occur.
  • Introduce students to the ideas that form the foundation of a well-integrated curriculum. In an engaging style, the book is laid out to support real-life planning in a classroom.