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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, 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, 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, 2012
Spotting the Moon in the sky is like finding a treasure--unexpected and beautiful. When children look for the Moon in the sky, they don't know where to look. The Moon is far away and most easily observed at a time when most young children are sleeping. Because direct contact isn't possible, adults have to be creative in how they help children…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Role, Young Children, Earth Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
Teachers assess children's learning to understand how to make their instruction more effective. Early childhood assessment must take into account the typically uneven development of children and their cultural contexts. The author assessed what a group of four-year-olds knew about measurement as she talked about how much water had filled a rain…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, Evaluation, Cultural Context
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
An in-depth science inquiry is an ongoing investigation in which children are introduced to materials through hands-on experiences and, with teacher guidance, begin to investigate a question that they can answer through their own actions, observations, and with teacher-assisted research. Qualities that make an experience appropriate to include in…
Descriptors: Teacher Guidance, Inquiry, Science Education, Hands on Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
It is exciting to see children display an interest in discovering the world through their actions. Those actions are the beginning of science inquiry, the process children use to develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, including an understanding of how scientists study the natural world. This month's column features an activity…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Student Interests, Scientific Principles
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
There are many ways to share a collection of data and students' thinking about that data. Explaining the results of science inquiry is important--working scientists and amateurs both contribute information to the body of scientific knowledge. Students can collect data about an activity that is already happening in a classroom (e.g., the qualities…
Descriptors: Play, Science Education, Inquiry, Data Collection
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Everyday occurrences with evaporation are so ordinary that adults may not realize that children wonder about them and create explanations about what happens to water as wet objects dry. The process of evaporation is not visible, making it hard for young children to understand. Because they like to look for clues and participate in group…
Descriptors: Science Education, Children, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2006
Young children do science exploration and observation every day in their play. They spontaneously engage in parts of the scientific inquiry process--wondering, asking a question, planning how to answer the question, documenting their work, thinking about what happened, and sharing their results with others. Conducting an entire experiment is…
Descriptors: Young Children, Preschool Curriculum, Science Process Skills, Early Childhood Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2005
"Science and Children" proudly introduces, The Early Years--a new column dedicated to early childhood science issues. Each month, it will address one topic, providing a short, age-appropriate activity along with suggested print and online resources to enhance the teaching of that topic. The National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996) and The…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Education, Scientists