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ERIC Number: EJ944189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The NOS Challenge
Quigley, Cassie; Buck, Gayle; Akerson, Valarie
Science and Children, v49 n2 p57-61 Oct 2011
"The picture of a scientist is me!" exclaims first grader Kendra during a nature of science (NOS) lesson. She drew a picture of a scientist and explained that she was going to be a scientist when she grew up because she "loved to observe like a scientist." Kendra's experience was a part of a 30-day unit designed specifically for first graders. During the lessons, Kendra and her classmates learned about NOS tenants through a variety of lessons and hands-on investigations. The authors were delighted to hear that Kendra and other students were inspired by this unit and were encouraged to become active participants in science. In this article, the authors outline the 30-day unit, provide journal prompts, and give examples of student's ideas through their quotes and journal entries. Their 30-day unit included a 10-day decontextualized section that introduced the NOS aspects to the students and provided experiences for the students with these ideas. Then, they created a contextualized plant unit aligned to the national standards, which continued to focus on the NOS aspects. (Contains 2 figures and 9 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A