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ERIC Number: EJ927232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds for Inquiry
Conover, Margaret
Science Scope, v34 n8 p20-24 Apr 2011
Chia seeds will sprout on almost any moist surface, and they respond quickly to experimental variables. Furthermore, the newly recognized nutritional value and rich cultural history of chia seeds offer the possibility of highly motivating and educational interdisciplinary extensions, especially appropriate to students in the middle grades. Together with participating science teachers from six different schools, the author has developed a series of science inquiry activities using chia seeds and tested them with 500 New York students in grades 5 through 8. Her goals were to minimize expense while maximizing student engagement, and to create a mess-free environment where inquiry occurs spontaneously. (Contains 2 figures and 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York