ERIC Number: ED403131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-29
Sciencing with Mother Goose: Activities for Integrating Science and Literature.
Angus, Carolyn; Bell, Ann
The pairing of Mother Goose rhymes and nursery tales with the scientific thinking process is an effective instructional strategy linking reading and science learning at the primary level. This paper presents several such pairings which stress the basic science processes in grades K-3 of observing, communicating, comparing, ordering, and categorizing. Examples of some activities are: (1) The Gingerbread Man in which students obtain information about objects (gingerbread cookies) and events in their environment by looking, touching, smelling, listening, and tasting; (2) Mother Hubbard's Cupboard where students identify unique qualities of an object (dog milk bones) by comparing it with similar objects; (3) Old Mother Goose and the Golden Egg: A Communicating Activity in which graphs are used to analyze information; (4) There Was an Old Woman: A Comparing Activity where children try developing compare-and-contrast charts for different versions of nursery rhymes and traditional tales; (5) I Know an Old Lady: An Ordering Activity in which children learn to sequence major story events; and (6) Three Bears: A Categorizing Activity where children learn patterns of groups and classes using 6-8 different kinds of bowls. All materials used and procedures followed are described. (PVD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Global Summit on Science and Science Education (San Francisco, CA, December 29, 1996).