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ERIC Number: EJ849829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Lift, Squeeze, Stretch, and Twist: Research-Based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE) of Energy for Kindergartners
Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v20 n3 p1-16 Sum 2008
This study examines changes in kindergarten students' understanding of energy after participating in a series of lessons developed using an inquiry-based early childhood science teaching model: Research-based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE). The lessons addressed where objects get their energy and what they use their energy to do, and how energy can be "stored" in ordinary objects such as toys. Many of the students moved from associating energy solely with living things to recognizing energy in mechanical processes and articulating how energy can be transferred (stored) by lifting objects or squeezing/stretching/twisting elastic objects. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A