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ERIC Number: EJ944185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Let It Roll
Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Smith, Mandy McCormick
Science and Children, v49 n2 p38-41 Oct 2011
Some of children's earliest explorations focus on movement of their own bodies. Quickly, children learn to further explore movement by using objects like a ball or car. They recognize that a ball moves differently than a pushed block. As they grow, children enjoy their experiences with motion and movement, including making objects move, changing movements, and recognizing differences in how objects move. Young children usually have a multitude of tools available to them, from ramps to race cars. These everyday tools help facilitate their motion investigations. The authors used various science investigations to engage preschool and kindergarten-age children with explorations of motion and provided opportunities for them to develop their basic inquiry skills. Using everyday toys and objects is a realistic and captivating way to help young children understand the basics of motion. The motion investigations described in this article elevate children's awareness of the physics around them, including materials and motion and mass and motion, as well as ramp design. Together these concepts provide a foundation of knowledge that inspires curiosity upon which children eagerly build more advanced concepts in later years. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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