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Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
This study examines changes in kindergarten students' understanding of energy after participating in a series of lessons developed using an inquiry-based early childhood science teaching model: Research-based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE). The lessons addressed where objects get their energy and what they use their energy to do, and how…
Descriptors: Physics, Kindergarten, Science Instruction, Inquiry
Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2007
This study reports changes in kindergarten students' understanding of magnets after participating in a series of hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. The lessons focused on the dipole nature of magnets and employed a visual representation of a magnet as an arrow for the kindergarten students. This dipole model was used to describe how magnets interact…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Magnets, Scientific Concepts, Young Children
Van Hook, Stephen; Huziak, Tracy; Nowak, Katherine – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study examines the development of mental models of air by kindergarten students after completing a series of hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons. The lessons focused on two properties of air: (1) that air takes up space and (2) that it is made of particles ("balls of air"). The students were interviewed about their ideas of air and about…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Hands on Science
Gallenstein, Nancy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this article is to present various techniques that will engage young children, ages 3-8, in learning science and mathematics. Children actively engage in acquiring basic science and mathematics concepts as they explore their environment. The methods presented are intended to meet the developmental levels of young learners as they…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts