Introduction: Diffendoofer Day 

Dear Future Science Teachers,

We created this book to help you as both a college student and a future teacher. Dr. Ted Neal asked us to help him create this resource from the perspective of students who have taken Science Methods–what would we want in a textbook for this course? With this in mind, we have gathered and created resources to help you better understand science and feel confident in your abilities as a future teacher.

This book is divided into seven parts which align with the Science Methods I and II courses:

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Earth Science
  • Climate Science
  • Course Materials and Pedagogy

Within each part, the material is broken down into smaller chapters. Here you will find written explanations, video links, glossary terms, key takeaways, and practice quizzes to help you understand the material. This book is designed to be a flexible resource; use it as much or as little as you need throughout the course.

K-6 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Look for the blue text boxes throughout the book to find the relevant standards in each section.

As Ted likes to say, science is everywhere and it is everything. We hope this book can help you on your journey as a learner and teacher of science.


Rachel Dunn, Jenny Haley, Ella McDonald, Ben Smith


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