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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Engaging children's interest, inspiring active exploration of materials, and fostering cooperation between children and adults is the best way to promote the construction of knowledge. Some popular early childhood activities can be expanded to provide experiences and time for children to build on their prior knowledge. This column discusses…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
Taking objects apart including old electronics, product packing, and living plants, helps children understand how things work. Documenting this "unbuilding" or "deconstructing" encourages children to first consider the entire object, then the parts, and finally, the purpose of the parts. This article provides a lesson based on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Science Activities, Plants (Botany)
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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, 2011
An in-depth science inquiry is an ongoing investigation in which children are introduced to materials through hands-on experiences and, with teacher guidance, begin to investigate a question that they can answer through their own actions, observations, and with teacher-assisted research. Qualities that make an experience appropriate to include in…
Descriptors: Teacher Guidance, Inquiry, Science Education, Hands on Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
We typically know children are learning when they are able to make sense of an object's materials or a situation that was previously a bit mysterious and communicate what they have figured out. But what about observing? One of the process skills listed in the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996), observation is something students have…
Descriptors: Observation, Science Process Skills, State Standards, Skill Development
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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, 2007
From children's viewpoints, what they experience in the world is what the world is like--for everyone. "What do others experience with their senses when they are in the same situation?" is a question that young children can explore by collecting data as they use a "feely box," or take a "sensory walk." There are many ways to focus the children's…
Descriptors: Young Children, Tactual Perception, Data Collection, Science Instruction