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Active and Hands-On Science Instruction (K-6)/Semester Course


Do you need ways to make your science lessons more fun? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to enhance their science instruction through active, hands-on experiences. Teachers gain a variety of ideas for conducting hands-on experiments, establishing science learning stations, integrating science with other content areas, and using technology to enhance science instruction. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Wow! I just finished putting together my binder for this course. Such a wealth of information! I am excited to begin my first science unit because I have so many strategies and resources at my fingertips now. Excellent class" - Lise Ferentinos


Enrollment Options

Register Course Registration Only $199

RegisterCourse Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $429


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

On Teaching Science: Principles and Strategis Every Educator Should Know” by Jeffrey Bennett

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 98AXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41446

Unit One

  • Introduction to Science Education
  • Science Standards
  • Beyond the Textbook
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Science Stations
  • Cool and Easy Science Experiments
  • Science Classroom Management
  • Assignment #2: Develop a science station

Unit Three

  • Integrating Science and Language Arts
  • Integrating Science and Math
  • Integrating Science and Technology
  • Create a Science WebQuest
  • Assignment #3: Integrate technology into two science lessons

Unit Four

  • Beyond the Science Classroom
  • Science Vocabulary
  • Science Assessment
  • Assignment #4: Create an assessment checklist

Unit Five

  • Teaching Science to English Language Learners
  • Strategies for Working with English Language Learners
  • Instructional Models for English Language Learners
  • Assignment #5: Find interactive websites

Unit Six

  • Science Trade Books
  • Science Websites
  • Getting Parents Involved
  • Assignment #6: Develop an integrated science lesson plan
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)