ERIC Number: ED398083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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PAKS: Parents-and-Kids Science. 24 Activities for Kids and Adults To Share.
McKenzie, Danny L.
This activity book designed for grades 1-3 provides teachers with ready-to-use materials designed to get parents and children excited about science, help establish a home-school connection, and provide interesting learning activities for children to share with adults. This program gets parents involved in developing their children's science process skills using 24 activities. Four activities each focus on the six skills of observation, inference, classification, communication, measurement, and prediction. The activities help children develop these six scientific process skills individually. The children are then able to integrate the skills as they become more competent investigators. Data is collected and recorded in each activity. Materials needed for these activities are safe and readily available, and most can be provided by parents. Observation activities utilize such common objects as rocks, salt, and leaves. Inference activities include a mystery object sealed in a film canister, how sound is made, and which animals have nibbled certain plants. Children work with seeds, leaves, and magnets in the classification activities. Communication activities involve graphing, charting, and using a checklist. Both standard and nonstandard units of measurement are included in the measurement activities. The prediction activities call for observing and making predictions about mold on bread, seeds sprouting, and whether selected objects will sink or float. Although each activity emphasizes a single skill, children will be practicing other science process skills at the same time. (AIM)
Descriptors: Classification, Elementary School Science, Hands on Science, Observation, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Primary Education, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Science Process Skills
Fearon Teacher Aids, Modern Curriculum Press, 299 Jefferson Road, P.O. Box 480, Parsippany, NJ 07054-0480.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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