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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, 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, 2014
Exploration of making and changing sounds is part of the first-grade performance expectation 1-PS4-1, "Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate" (NGSS Lead States 2013, p. 10; see Internet Resource). Early learning experiences build toward…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Discovery Processes, Motion, Learning Experience
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
Talking about death as part of a life cycle is often ignored or spoken about in hushed tones in early childhood. Books with "life cycle" in the title often do not include the death of the living organism in the information about the cycle. The concept of a complete life cycle does not appear in "A Framework for K-12 Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Death, Biological Sciences, Elementary School Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
Children may not be aware of the origin of much of their food, especially if they eat mostly processed foods. Schools that operate a garden are able to teach children how common foods are parts of plants. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month's issue students focus on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Food, Gardening, Elementary School Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. The author discusses teachers using technology to help students develop a science inquiry. Teachers can use technology to help students develop a science inquiry--express ideas, document observations, research information, discuss results, and relate…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Educational Technology
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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
Dinosaurs are one of those science topics that draw children in and teach them about concepts like measuring and using descriptive language. Learning about dinosaurs, although not hands-on like observing and recording caterpillar growth, develops critical thinking and introduces animal diversity and the relations between body form and function.…
Descriptors: Animals, Paleontology, Animal Behavior, Biological Sciences
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Special clothing is worn by "community helpers" such as police officers, nurses, firefighters, cafeteria workers, dentists, and waste management workers as they do their jobs. The special clothing allows workers to be safe. Therefore, exploring how hats help community workers do their jobs can be a way to introduce the idea of how the shape or…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Clothing, Occupations, Scientific Concepts
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2008
For farmers and gardeners, slugs and snails may be serious pests that will limit the amount of harvest, but for a child, they represent a world to be explored. To teachers, however, invertebrates are tools for broadening students' understanding about animals, the connections between animals and habitats or plants, and an engaging subject to write…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Teachers, Gardening, Science Instruction
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2008
Inspire your students to become detailed observers by encouraging the use of magnifiers. Magnification can make us see an object with new understanding. Rachel Carson said, "Some of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake"(Carson 1965). The lesson described here…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Observation, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2008
Children learn about properties of materials as they walk through a fabric store, help in the kitchen, or dig in the garden. Directed explorations in the classroom build on these early experiences. In the inquiry-based activity described here, students prepare to learn about wet and dry ingredients (liquids and solids) and how they mix together by…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Science Activities, Learning Activities
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2007
"Community," "assemblage," "network," "complex," "interdependent," "web," and "synergism"--definitions of an ecosystem often include these words to highlight the dynamic interrelated workings of plants and animals with their physical environment. Young children don't understand the complexities of ecosystems, but they can begin to understand that…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Ecology, Science Instruction, Entomology
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2007
Math is not the only topic that will be discussed when young children are asked to care for and count "mealworms," a type of insect larvae (just as caterpillars are the babies of butterflies, these larvae are babies of beetles). The following activity can take place over two months as the beetles undergo metamorphosis from larvae to adults. As the…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Entomology, Science Instruction, Young Children