The book is designed as a beginning text for pre-service and practicing elementary school teachers. It would also be helpful for anyone needing a basic background in physical science. The book contains a problem-solving approach based upon laboratory experiences. Physical science is treated as an experiencial process to be learned in the laboratory. The student also learns to use basic laboratory apparatus. Each chapter ends with a discussion of the relationship of science, technology and society as it applies to each respective chapter. Everyday examples are presented to facilitate the student in making everyday decisions which can effect his/her life and the future of humankind.