RPDP Earth Science for Elementary Teachers – 3 credit Using the Nevada State Academic Science Standards as a lens for understanding earth science, this course will enhance and support teacher content knowledge by using familiar pedagogical practices applied to understanding earth science principles. This class is a continuation of the series of classes that are associated with the elementary science certificate program. You do not have to be part of the program to take this class. A portion of the course will focus on examination of the FOSS kits used in elementary schools. Furthermore, this course will help elementary teachers develop an awareness and knowledge of the state Nevada State Academic ELA and Mathematics Standards that are relevant to the Nevada State Academic Science Standards. UNLV SCI 630H: Earth Science for Elementary teachers through the Lens of Foss and Science Content

RPDP Argumentation and Critical Thinking Skills in K-8 Science – 2 credits
This two-credit course addresses development of argumentation strategies for the elementary and middle school classroom and literacy techniques that teachers can use with their students to increase the practice of argumentation in the science content area.
UNLV SCI 630H: Argumentation and Critical Thinking Skills in K-8 Science

RPDP Project Based Learning: Science – 1 credit This one credit class will focus on the concept of examining the powerful impact of science formative assessment and how to use it at any elementary grade level. Participants will leave this class with ideas for formative assessment that are classroom science curriculum ready. UNLV SCI 630H: Special Topics: Science Formative Assessment

RPDP Project Based Learning: Science – 1 credit
This one credit class will focus on the concept of Project Based Learning in science instruction at the K-5 level. This class will integrate ELA and math standards as appropriate. Participants will leave this course with a basic foundation of the Next Generation Science Standards, our new NVACSS. Participants will also learn how to maximize classroom instruction time through curriculum compacting.
UNLV SCI 630H: Special Topics: PBL w/Science Focus