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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2020
This paper details a digital technology solution to a problem that arose during a science lesson in an early years class. The teacher used the opportunity to enable the children to apply their knowledge and skills of a software application developed in a recent ICT class. Using the age-appropriate app, the students could communicate their learning…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Science Instruction, Computer Software
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Murcia, Karen; Clifford, Emma; Cross, Emma; Pepper, Coral; Drury, Shyam – Teaching Science, 2020
In this paper, we explore how an intentionally planned learning environment, rich with material resources and inquiry questioning practices, supported young children's engagement with an integrated science and mathematics learning experience. A practitioner-researcher, named 'Jenny', from an Australian early year learning centre, partnered with…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
This paper outlines a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning experience for children in the early years of school. It builds on STEM education in early childhood with a shared purpose, "to help children to explore and make sense of their world using childrelevant and appropriate contexts" (Preston, 2018 p. 137).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Learning Experience, Early Childhood Education
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
If you think physics is only for older children, think again. Much of the playtime of young children is filled with exploring--and wondering about and informally investigating--the way objects, especially toys, move. How forces affect objects, including: change in position, motion, and shape are fundamental to the big ideas in physics. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Physics
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Smith, Ann – Teaching Science, 2009
This article supports teachers of lower primary and preschool children to introduce a study of local birds, the type of investigations considered to be part of wider environmental education. It is of a practical nature and incorporates resources and ideas that the author has found useful in her work with children and with pre-service student…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Animals