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ERIC Number: EJ1115157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Patterns in the Sky: Ways to Make the Most of Planetarium Field Trips for First-Grade Students
Petrie, Kaylan
Science and Children, v53 n4 p34-41 Dec 2015
Earth and space science deserve the same level of inclusion in early childhood curriculum as the other science disciplines, and research shows that the sooner children are introduced to concepts like those presented in planetarium programs, the stronger their lifelong interest in science will be. Much astronomy visualization outside of planetariums is misleading and difficult--even for adults to comprehend, but by doing simple classroom kinesthetic activities, storytelling, and observation, students will be more engaged not only in Earth and space science but in all realms of science that focus on Patterns. The crosscutting concept described in this article is one that is innate in humans and has been the key to doing good astronomy for thousands of years. This article shares activities that enhance and extend the planetarium experience for elementary students, connecting to both the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013): 1-ESS1 Earth and Space Science--Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles, and to the "Common Core State Standards" (NGAC and CCSSO).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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