Middle School Science Education: Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Vol. III, Grades 6-8

by Bernard J Nebel PhD Author

(From Amazon): How to Teach Science for Kids' SuccessThe "Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" (BFSU) series provides lesson plans that will enable even a novice teacher with little science background to conduct a high-quality science curriculum. Gone from this curriculum is the helter-skelter approach of a bit of this and a bit of that. Starting with BFSU [Volume I] for K-2 and continuing through Volume III for grades 6-8, lessons build in a logical, systematic, stepwise fashion embracing and integrating all the major areas of science. Through first-hand observation, experimentation, and exercising their own reasoning, students will gain a broad knowledge and understanding concerning underlying principles and develop their cognitive skills in the process. Additional assets include: - Skills of inquiry and rational thought become habits of mind as each lesson draws students, hands-on, to examine, reflect, question, discuss, test, and reason their way toward rational conclusions. - Lessons become meaningful and retention is enhanced by constantly relating lessons to real-world experience. - Standards are achieved, not by teaching to the test, but by being natural outcomes of integrated learning. - Math, reading, writing, and other subjects are easily integrated. Lists of additional readings are provided with each lesson. - Special training for teachers is not required. Teachers will learn along with their students and be excellent role models in doing so. - Costs are kept minimal by utilizing commonly available items and materials. B. J. Nebel, Ph.D. was an early initiator of environmental science education and authored a still widely used text Environmental Science (Prentice Hall, 1981 and subsequent editions). Challenged by the need for and potential of early science education, Nebel has now devoted himself to this K-8 series, Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, which is being acclaimed by users as the best elementary science curriculum found anywhere (see reviews on


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In Print
Suggested Grades
6th - 8th
Outskirts Press


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  • A-20 Concepts of Chemistry III: How Atoms Bond
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  • A-22 Concepts of Chemistry V: Acids and Bases
  • A-23 Concepts of Chemistry VI: Chemical Reactions and Energy
  • A-24 Concepts of Chemistry VII: Nuclear Chemistry and Radioactivity
  • A-25 Nuclear Energy
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  • B-24 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells I: General Concepts
  • B-25 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells II: Principles of Metabolism
  • B-26 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells III: Nutrition
  • B-27 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells IV: Heredity, Genetics, and DNA
  • B-28 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells V: Reproduction
  • B-29 Anatomy & Physiology in Relation to Cells VI: How Materials Cross Membranes
  • B-30 Viruses: Their Nature, Attack and Our Defense
  • B-31 Concepts of Ecosystems I: Basic Structure, Function, and Kinds
  • B-32 Concepts of Ecosystems II: Population Dynamics
  • B-33 Darwin's Observations and Reasoning
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  • C-17 Light III: Refraction, Eyes, and Optical Instruments
  • C-18 Light IV: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • C-19 Electricity III: Electric Current and Magnetic Fields
  • C-20 Electricity IV: Production of Electricity and Its Problems
  • C-21 Electricity V: The Way It is Measured
  • C-22 Gyroscopes - How Do They Do That?
  • C-23 Elasticity: Bouncing Ball to Vibrations
  • C-24 Distinguishing Force and Energy
  • C-25 Deriving the Laws of Energy (Thermodynamics)
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  • D-15 The Solar System and Beyond
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  • D-17 Climate and Weather III: Turbulence at 60° Latitude and the Unpredictability of Weather
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  • D-19 Eons of Earth History
  • D-20 Darwin's Observations and Reasoning
  • D-21 Pollution - Not a Simple Matter

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