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ERIC Number: EJ944181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Web of Learning: Beyond "Itsy Bitsy Spider," Preschool Students Learn Science Content Naturally
Evitt, Marie Faust
Science and Children, v49 n1 p63-67 Sep 2011
One of the author's biggest challenges as a preschool teacher is helping children in a group see and touch and do. Hands-on explorations are important for everyone, but essential for young children. How can young children do hands-on explorations of spiders and their webs? Teachers do not want children handling all sorts of spiders. They worry about child safety and children unwittingly hurting the spiders. Also, the spiders are so small that it's hard for children to see them, even in a magnifying container. The author solved the problem by suggesting that everyone go spider searching. This article discusses how preschool students learn science content naturally by using hands-on explorations of spiders and their webs. (Contains 2 figures, 5 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A