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ERIC Number: ED080320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 7
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Devising Your Own Investigations Using Common Classroom and Household Materials.
Wentworth, Daniel F.
Many elementary classroom teachers must overcome the following problems in order to teach science effectively: (1) a lack of background in scientific concepts and general information; (2) a scarcity of science equipment and supplies on hand or insufficient funds to purchase them; (3) little basic knowledge of the skills, processes and attitudes that differentiate science as a body of knowledge from science as a way of finding out things. This paper suggests a teaching technique for overcoming these problems. A commonplace topic is chosen (such as footwear), and using student suggestions, a number of possible activities are compiled. A flow chart is provided outlining many suggested student activities relating to footwear. The "science" occurs in the methods devised by the children to investigate their suggestions. Small groups of children thoroughly plan how they will carry out their investigation, discuss their proposal with the teacher, and then collect their data. Results are presented to the class by a variety of means such as transparencies, the blackboard, and charts, and a class discussion and analysis should follow. Often these discussions lead to the need for a formal lesson presented by the teacher, and suggest new interesting topics and avenues of investigation to the students. (JR)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (21st, Detroit, Michigan, April 1973)