ERIC Number: ED319157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Science to the Gifted.
Scher, Joyce L.
Science teaching practices at the Long Island School for the Gifted emphasize hands-on experiments where children do the work and the teacher assists learning. This approach bypasses the reading/writing barrier that prevents some children from learning science. Many science experiments are described, including a first-grade lesson on using thermometers, a kindergarten lesson which involves playing with "traffic" lights (colored light bulbs) with light-emitting diodes, and a second-grade lesson on wave motion. The use of problem solving is addressed through experiments in which students manage, using materials found in the classroom, to float a potato, and develop a way to throw a raw egg in the air and have it drop without breaking. Experiments in electronics, chemistry, and biology which were performed during a parents' visit to the third-grade classroom are described. Also included is a diary of a teacher's experiences with a sixth-grade "mechanical genius." (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (68th, Toronto, Canada, April 23-27, 1990).