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ERIC Number: EJ1046020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Wonderful World of Worms
Marrero, Meghan E.; Gunning, Amanda M.; Tazi, Zoila
Science and Children, v52 n3 p38-43 Nov 2014
Kindergarteners have plenty of opportunities to discover and investigate cause and effect in their own lives and in all subject areas. If it rains, they may not be able to go outside for recess. If they pump harder on the swing, the swing will go faster and higher. In science, they may investigate pushes and pulls; discover how exposure to sunlight leads to warming; or observe classroom fish swimming to the side of their tank whenever a student comes near. Students will examine the crosscutting concept of cause and effect throughout their academic careers and everyday life. This article describes an activity the authors conducted with kindergarteners and their families as part of a pilot study on family learning opportunities in STEM. The authors are all currently graduate professors of education but have diverse experience as classroom teachers and educational consultants. They have conducted this activity many times in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, and decided to use it as a basis for this pilot study on family learning. In their pilot, they worked with two groups of families--one primarily English-speaking and one group predominantly Spanish-speaking--to investigate cause and effect with live earthworms. Young children are often eager to handle worms. This 5E lesson introduces students to the wonderful world of wiggly worms and gives them a concrete experience observing cause and effect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A