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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Engaging children's interest, inspiring active exploration of materials, and fostering cooperation between children and adults is the best way to promote the construction of knowledge. Some popular early childhood activities can be expanded to provide experiences and time for children to build on their prior knowledge. This column discusses…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Primary Education, Early Childhood 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. 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
The importance of biodiversity to human life and the benefits of a diverse ecosystem are not often obvious to young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. The objective in this month's issue is to introduce children to the diversity of plant life in a given area through a plant…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Science Instruction, Primary Education, Plants (Botany)
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Play areas contain objects that fascinate young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue uses children's interest in collecting outdoor objects to develop their number sense and to build their understanding of math concepts.
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education
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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
Taking objects apart including old electronics, product packing, and living plants, helps children understand how things work. Documenting this "unbuilding" or "deconstructing" encourages children to first consider the entire object, then the parts, and finally, the purpose of the parts. This article provides a lesson based on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Science Activities, Plants (Botany)
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
"Composting" is a way to purposefully use the process of decay to break down organic materials in a location where the resulting mixture can be harvested for enriching garden soil. The large body of literature about the science of composting provides many options for early childhood educators to choose from to incorporate into their…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Soil Science, Concept Teaching, Educational Resources
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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, 2016
Keeping track of the weather is especially important in communities where severe weather endangers property and lives. Science education may mean talking with children about scary or tragic events. Although teachers should not avoid teaching about severe weather events, they can be sensitive to students' fears and stress by first asking families…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Educational Resources
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
By developing a relationship of trust and respect with children, educators create a classroom culture that supports questioning. One strategy to extend children's thinking is to provide unfamiliar materials to provoke questioning. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's column…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. Articles and lesson ideas for science learning often suggest that teachers have children "document" their observations, but these resources may not offer guidance on "why" teachers should help children document their work,…
Descriptors: Documentation, Science Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Story Telling
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
Observing and documenting elements of weather teach children about using tools and their senses to learn about the environment. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue describes an activity where students indirectly document local weather by counting outdoor clothing types worn…
Descriptors: Weather, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Data Collection
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Ashbrook, Peggy; Nellor, Sue – Science and Children, 2015
Engineering is such a common part of children's work in early childhood programs that teachers can simply look around the room to identify examples where students have engaged in engineering practices. This article presents a classroom activity that integrates engineering design by building on the everyday problems that young children encounter in…
Descriptors: Engineering, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2008
Inspire your students to become detailed observers by encouraging the use of magnifiers. Magnification can make us see an object with new understanding. Rachel Carson said, "Some of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake"(Carson 1965). The lesson described here…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Observation, Teaching Methods, Young Children