Packed with the science content future teachers must know, and based on the premise that integrated learning by inquiry is the cornerstone of effective science teaching, this book focuses on the four developmental components of both teaching and learning—the why, what, how, and how well of teaching. The authors present an eclectic approach to teaching, sharing the best of practice, the most useful research, and the lessons learned from their own rich array of teaching experience. Content correlates with NSES standards, while being ideally balanced between the attention span of kindergartners and the genuine interest of eighth graders, addressing the full range of learners in between. Includes thorough coverage of the relationship among curriculum standards, assessment, and high-stakes achievement testing. Thorough, current science content fills in any gaps in students fundamental science knowledge and readies them for current science curriculum standards. Includes up-to-date lists of science-oriented websites. For future elementary and/or middle school teachers.