The purpose of this course is to provide meaningful and practical learning experiences that will prepare teacher candidates to create effective science learning environments for elementary school students. This course develops a strong conceptual understanding of life science. Teacher candidates will participate in the same kind of inquiry-based experiences that they will use in their own teaching. Topics will include characteristics of life, plants and animals as well as ecology. Teacher candidates will learn new instructional and assessment strategies and increase technology abilities developed in EDU 317. Eight hours of field observation are required.