This practical article describes an arts-integrated project with engineering design and science concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards, art principles from the National Arts Standards, as well as ideas under the theme of “Culture” from the National Council for the Social Studies Standards. Preservice teachers in an undergraduate science methods class researched the background, life, and accomplishments of a minority scientist by reading books and articles about the person. They created a script to present the experiences and contributions of the scientist to other preservice teachers and, eventually, elementary students. Shadow puppets were constructed out of cardboard to portray different aspects of the scientist’s setting and work communicated by the script. The preservice teachers performed the shadow puppet shows for their peers, receiving feedback. Examples of the puppet show scripts and models of puppets are included in this article.
Gray, P., Rule, A. C., Gentzsch, A., & Tallakson, D. (2016). Shadow puppet plays in elementary science methods class help preservice teachers learn about minority scientists. Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 1(1), 27-45. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.uni.edu/journal-stem-arts/vol1/iss1/4
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