Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC112601 Subject Classification Courses for Professional Teaching
Subject Name 初等理科
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Elementary School Science
ウメダ タカシ,キノシタ ヒロヨシ,タケシタ シュンジ,コガ ノブヨシ,ヤマサキ ヒロフミ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  Second Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2nd) Fri9-10:EDU L205
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Lectures, Experiments, Discussions
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 08 : Curriculum and Instruction Sciences
Eligible Students
Keywords Elementary School Science, SDG_04 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Basic Subject. To gain an overview of and understand fundamental and basic knowledge regarding science education for elementary schools. 
Criterion referenced
Elementary School Teacher Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Having acquired basic knowledge of theory and method on guidance in subjects and cross-curricular education in elementary schools 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Basic Subject. To gain an overview of and understand fundamental and basic knowledge regarding science education for elementary schools.
This class includes 6 topics:  the overview of science education for elementary schools, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and the safety education in science. The following show  the lesson plan. 
Class Schedule Introduction( for taking Elementary School Science ): the position of science in elementary education. Differences from living environmental studies
The overview of science for elementary education: 1. The contents of science education for grade 3
The overview of science for elementary education: 2. The contents of science education for grade 4
The overview of science for elementary education: 3. The contents of science education for grade 5
The overview of science for elementary education: 4. The contents of science education for grade 6
Physics: 1. Electricity & Magnet
Physics: 2. Balance & motion of an object

Chemistry :1. Safe chemistry experiments, dissolution of materials, aqueous solution
Chemistry: 2. Materials and chemical reaction
Biology: 1. The structure of organisms
Biology: 2. Lives of living organisms, Living organisms & environment
Earth science: 1.  The movements of celestial bodies, change of weather

Earth science: 2. Land transformation and natural disaster
Safety education in laboratory work
Safety education in field work 
Textbook:None. Handouts will be distributed when needed.  
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Textbook, handouts, audio materials, movies(videos/PC/other image data) 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Review the basics (about junior high school level) of topics to be covered in each lesson. The lessons will include experiments in addition to lectures. Activities that will be carried out during lessons and reviewing after each lesson will be important to cultivate applied skills.

Preparation and advanced assignments will be given at each lesson. These assignments would be your opportunities to think about the contents of teaching materials and experiment methods at elementary schools from the standpoint of a teacher who teaches chemistry experiments to young children.

Every lesson will require the basic knowledge (about junior high school level). Prepare for every lesson by yourself, except when a preparation assignment is given for some lessons. Exploratory work such as confirming what is covered in a lesson by observing living organisms that you are familiar with and biological phenomena is expected to be done as review of lessons(report assignment will be given for some lessons).

Focus around the contents of teaching materials concerning geoscience for elementary schools. As teaching materials concerning geoscience are natural events themselves, it is important to consciously focus on nature regularly. Observation assignments will be given in a lesson. Students are expected to observe listed objects to observe steadily.

Science for elementary schools:
It is desirable to read through the MEXT’s curriculum guideline of science for elementary schools from a book or MEXT’s website (http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/shotou/new-cs/youryou/syokaisetsu/index.htm). 
Requirements Students will be divided into 4 classes. Check the message board and go to the designated room. 
Grading Method Students will be evaluated based on class performance, reports, and tests of elementary science subjects: physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science.‘ The sum of scores of those subjects will be a final grade. ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ is the main outcome of this course. Therefore, students’ grades can be considered as the achievement of the students.  
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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