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Primary Science Review, 2007
The Ancient Greeks saw the world as earth, air, fire and water. This article presents some children's ideas about what makes up the Earth. Children were asked to share what they thought the Earth was made of, how old it is, how long it took to create, and what is inside it. The answers indicate that they often have emerging though vague ideas…
Descriptors: Geology, Time, Children, Elementary School Students
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Cowell, Danielle; Watkins, Richard – Primary Science Review, 2007
It is becoming clear that human influences are a significant factor driving climate change. Education is one of the main weapons in influencing patterns of behaviour and teachers inevitably have a crucial role to play. Teachers need to be fully aware of issues surrounding climate change in order to be positive role models for children and to…
Descriptors: Role Models, Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Climate
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Raffan, Deirdre – Primary Science Review, 2005
One activity that gets children thinking about how electricity is made involves exploring hydro (water) power. Water has been used as a source of energy for thousands of years for mechanical purposes such as grinding corn, bellows for furnaces or sawmills for cutting wood or slate. For about a century hydro power has been producing electricity…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Sustainable Development
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Watkinson, Anne – Primary Science Review, 2005
In those far off days, before the days of the National Curriculum, there lived two rare beasts in the primary jungle. The beasts were known as "science" and "citizenship", and it depended on which school one went to, and which teacher one got, as to whether one learned any science at all or whether discussion of ethical issues…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Citizenship Education