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ERIC Number: EJ826992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
First-Grade Record Keepers
Pinou, Theodora; Flanigan, Hope A.; Drucker, Marjorie S.
Science and Children, v46 n5 p31-35 Jan 2009
Developing good record-keeping habits is essential for organizing, processing, and communicating experimental results objectively. Therefore, the authors designed an interactive method of teaching first graders to record, organize, and interpret data as they studied the life cycle of the spotted salamander ("Ambystoma maculatum"). In their curricular sequence, students recorded the water temperature, date, and number of salamander eggs that hatched. Additionally, students illustrated the salamander's developmental stages over time in a personal journal and learned how to organize data on bar graphs. In this article, they describe their experiences to inspire you to try similar units with your young scientists. (Contains 3 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A