ERIC Number: EJ721608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Scientist of the Day
Science and Children, v43 n2 p28-31 Oct 2005
As a first-grade teacher in an urban school, the author was eager to bring authentic science into the classroom. She wanted students to experience various scientific processes, and wanted their parents to be involved, too. To meet this goal,she implemented a program first learned of as a graduate student in a science methods class at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas--"Scientist of the Day." Guest speaker Marilyn Tolbert described the project, and the author was eager to try it in her own classroom. Scientist of the Day allows students to experience simple hands-on science experiments and to involve their parents with the project, both in and out of the classroom. The idea is that each child would have a turn to be the "Scientist of the Day," allowing for many science adventures and explorations in the classroom. The students were assigned a date to present an experiment that they had investigated and tried and be able to explain what worked and what didn't. The program would also encourage parent participation in their child's education and in the classroom.
Descriptors: Scientists, Parent Participation, Class Activities, Creative Teaching, Urban Schools, Hands on Science, Elementary School Science, Science Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas