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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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de Boo, Max; Shaw, Barbara – Primary Science Review, 2006
The seashore is many things: (1) a place of wonder and delight--inspiring artists and composers; (2) a place of work--for transport and fishing; and (3) a place for play--for sandcastles, surfing and swimming, sailing. In this article, the authors offer some tips on exploring the flora and fauna of the seashore. (Contains 3 boxes and lists 4…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods
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Fernandes, Francisca Maria; de Carvalho, Luis Mendonca; Silveira, Margarida – Primary Science Review, 2006
At home, children often have pets that they take care of and play with; even in the classroom it is not uncommon to find a wormery, an aquarium or an ant farm. However, children rarely have the opportunity to own and care for a plant over a lengthy period of time, let alone a tree. The authors describe a project in Portugal aimed at improving…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Plants (Botany), Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries
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Briten, Elizabeth – Primary Science Review, 2006
The exciting world of plants may be something of a mystery to many children, and the often-dry content of a curriculum taught indoors inhibits real understanding of many complex biological processes. Moving outdoors opens up an unexplored world and presents rich opportunities for imaginative learning. The "Life processes and living…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Creativity