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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month's issue students study landscape surfaces to recognize changes due to human impacts or natural phenomena.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Science Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Tivona, Shayna; Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue provides an activity on documentation panels to encourage students to reflect on their actions and thought processes. Young students benefit enormously from visual aids. Documentation panels--chronological arrangements of photos, student…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Classroom Communication, Class Activities, Documentation
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
For young children, a found acorn, stone, or lichen-covered branch can be a touchstone of an experience in nature. Children, however, should also be taught to "leave no trace." As the National Park Service advocates, visitors to natural areas should "Preserve the sense of discovery for others by leaving all natural and cultural…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, STEM Education, Art Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
Blowing bubbles is not only a favorite summer activity for young children. Studying bubbles that are grouped together, or "foam," is fun for children and fascinating to many real-world scientists. Foam is widely used--from the bedroom (mattresses) to outer space (insulating panels on spacecraft). Bubble foam can provide children a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Science Experiments
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
We all experience firsthand many of the phenomena caused by Earth's Place in the Universe (Next Generation Science Standard 5-ESS1; NGSS Lead States 2013) and the relative motion of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Young children can investigate phenomena such as changes in times of sunrise and sunset (number of daylight hours), Moon phases, seasonal…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Earth Science, Standards, Astronomy
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
By observing an organism over time, children can identify patterns in their observations, note growth or other changes, learn about the needs of the organism, and see how the organism creates the next generation of its species; all of these skills are science and engineering practices noted in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education"…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Observation
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2014
The "Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)" for K-12 have three dimensions--science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts (NGSS Lead States 2013). "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" states, "Crosscutting concepts have value because they provide students with connections and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Cognitive Mapping, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2014
Exploration of making and changing sounds is part of the first-grade performance expectation 1-PS4-1, "Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate" (NGSS Lead States 2013, p. 10; see Internet Resource). Early learning experiences build toward…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Discovery Processes, Motion, Learning Experience
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
This article reports on the wonders of winter weather, as it often inspires teachers' and students' interest in collecting weather data, especially if snow falls. Beginning weather data collection in preschool will introduce children to the concepts of making regular observations of natural phenomena, recording the observations (data),…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Weather, Data Collection, Young Children
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
Talking about death as part of a life cycle is often ignored or spoken about in hushed tones in early childhood. Books with "life cycle" in the title often do not include the death of the living organism in the information about the cycle. The concept of a complete life cycle does not appear in "A Framework for K-12 Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Death, Biological Sciences, Elementary School Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
Children may not be aware of the origin of much of their food, especially if they eat mostly processed foods. Schools that operate a garden are able to teach children how common foods are parts of plants. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month's issue students focus on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Food, Gardening, Elementary School Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. The author discusses teachers using technology to help students develop a science inquiry. Teachers can use technology to help students develop a science inquiry--express ideas, document observations, research information, discuss results, and relate…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Educational Technology
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Dinosaurs are one of those science topics that draw children in and teach them about concepts like measuring and using descriptive language. Learning about dinosaurs, although not hands-on like observing and recording caterpillar growth, develops critical thinking and introduces animal diversity and the relations between body form and function.…
Descriptors: Animals, Paleontology, Animal Behavior, Biological Sciences
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Special clothing is worn by "community helpers" such as police officers, nurses, firefighters, cafeteria workers, dentists, and waste management workers as they do their jobs. The special clothing allows workers to be safe. Therefore, exploring how hats help community workers do their jobs can be a way to introduce the idea of how the shape or…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Clothing, Occupations, Scientific Concepts
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