Using Recurring Themes to Improve Science Teaching and Learning – Grades K–5

Grade-level focus: K–5
K–5 teachers, instructional specialists and coaches, and campus/district leaders
Session duration:
One-day session.

Several important themes pervade all domains of science. Known as recurring themes in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), they help students develop a coherent and scientifically based understanding of the natural world. Among these themes are systems and system models; patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change.

In this session, participants will explore the recurring themes, identify where the recurring themes are evident in the standards, investigate the themes’ role in science teaching and learning, and consider how integrating these themes into science teaching and learning leads to deeper understanding and application of science content.