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ERIC Number: EJ931380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Of Brains and Safety: Neuroscience for 5-Year-Olds
Cynkar, Donna; Rutledge-Gorman, Mark
Primary Science Review, n84 p17-20 Sep-Oct 2004
Spring is the traditional time in Maplewood Elementary School Kindergarten when science instruction receives particular emphasis. It is also a time of promoting greater safety awareness as children increase their outdoor activities on the longer, warmer days. In May 2003, the authors planned to make a link between neuroscience and safety in a two-hour session for 25 5-6 year-olds. In their two-hour session, the authors introduced children to neuroscience and portrayed its critical linkage with safety and health. They also presented women and men as scientist role models in the field, provided a range of activities and media to convey their principles, and sent home many aids for children and their families. This brief brain programme engaged the young children's powerful thinking processes by focusing on their relative strengths to observe their surroundings, sort and classify what they observe, and then describe what they have learned verbally, visually, or kinaesthetically. As children use these cognitive skills during science experiences, they are developing the ability to think scientifically. (Contains 3 boxes and lists 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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