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ERIC Number: EJ877681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Implementing an Imaginative Unit: Wonders of the Water Cycle
Hrennikoff, Margo
Educational Perspectives, v39 n2 p27-33 2006
The grade three curriculum set out by the British Columbia Ministry of Education has four categories for science: Processes of Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. Within each of these categories there are numerous topics to teach. For example, the physical science curriculum requires students to learn about magnetism, energy, matter, and sound. In addition, students are expected to be able to classify, demonstrate, describe, create, distinguish, identify, evaluate, classify, compare, and infer different aspects of each of these topics as needed. This is an overwhelming task and covering all the material in a meaningful way, so that every child develops and expands their concepts, is a challenge, to say the least. In the Integrated Resource Package that outlines the curriculum for life science, students are to learn about the life cycles of different plants and animals and compare them. Students are to learn what each needs for survival, discuss the environment, fossils, endangerment, and extinction. In an effort to tie these topics together, the author decided to introduce the water cycle as a basis for understanding what students are required to learn about plants and animals. The unit presented in this article is based on Kieran Egan's "mythic framework". The author's aim is to introduce the students to how plants and animals (including humans) are connected to the water cycle and explore these topics in depth in later units. As future science units will explore these topics in greater detail, this unit will provide a basis for future learning. Interconnectedness is the main concept to be developed in this unit.
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Language: English
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