ERIC Number: EJ1037401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Reference Count: 1
Getting Third Graders to Put on Their Science "Thinking Caps"
Raje, Sonali; Bartleson, Elizabeth
Primary Science, n130 p12-15 Nov 2013
This article describes how a third grade class (ages 8-9) conducted a temperature-related science experiment. The goal of the experiment was to build on the following question: What would happen if you took three different thermometers, all reading the same temperature, wrapped them in three different socks, one woollen, one silk, and one cotton, and left them in the class for 24 hours--what would the temperature on each thermometer read and why? (Layman, Ochoa and Heikkinen, 1996). The experiment aims to model the different components of a scientific investigation and make connections between science and math concepts. The authors conclude that asking children questions and getting them to carry out scientific activities, putting the onus on "them" to think and figure out solutions, is an excellent way to avoid them developing wrong ideas about science concepts. They do not have to be complicated questions, as long as they promote logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Activities, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Science Experiments, Thermodynamics, Investigations, Scientific Concepts, Mathematical Concepts, Measurement Techniques, Measurement Equipment, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills, Active Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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