Exploring the Natural World SeriesAuthor: Melecio Deauna
Coordinators: Salvacion Dorado, Bernardita Esguerra, Fe Filio, Leon Antonio Gamboa, Lamberto Jeresano , Ramil Jimenez, Florita Lamayo, Alona Ledesma, Esmeralda Samano, Cristina Samonte, Gilbert Yang, Fely Araneta, Leticia Catris, Edvino Eusebio, and Rosemarie Eusebio
(Grades 1-7; Levels I-IV)
- Portrays science as a fascinating subject and its study as an adventure that creates thrill and excitement.
- Offers substantive elementary study of the natural world.
- Lays the foundation for the solid acquisition of science process skills following a systematic progression—starting students off with activities that allow them to observe, classify, and differentiate objects; then to measure, tabulate data, and interpret them; later on to make calculations from the results of a certain procedure, design own investigation; and finally think of ways to verify results and communicate orally or in writing what they have accomplished. These may be applied across subject areas, effecting transfer learning.
- Gratifies students' curiosity through well-selected activities and experiments that will lead them to seeks answer and explore various natural phenomena, encouraging scientific inquiry or healthy questioning.
- Facilitates and enhances students' conceptual development by relating concepts to their personal experiences.
- Upholds laboratory as an integral part of science learning, reinforcing understanding of concepts and principles with experiments and hands-on activities that provide additional insights on how nature behaves.
- Presents up-to-date information particularly in areas where progress and discoveries in science are rapid and spectacular.
- Imbues in students values and habits of the mind conductive to the development of scientific literacy and the establishment of a scientific society such as curiosity, imagination, creativity, questioning and probing mind, healthy sense of skepticism, and being analytic and logical.
- Integrates environmental education in all relevant lessons.
- Uses a student-friendly language, written in a conversational way that stimulates scientific interest and clears away negative impression on science learning.