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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
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, 2011
It is exciting to see children display an interest in discovering the world through their actions. Those actions are the beginning of science inquiry, the process children use to develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, including an understanding of how scientists study the natural world. This month's column features an activity…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Student Interests, Scientific Principles
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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, 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
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