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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, 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, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to human life and the benefits of a diverse ecosystem are not often obvious to young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. The objective in this month's issue is to introduce children to the diversity of plant life in a given area through a plant…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Science Instruction, Primary Education, Plants (Botany)
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Play areas contain objects that fascinate young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue uses children's interest in collecting outdoor objects to develop their number sense and to build their understanding of math concepts.
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education
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Tivona, Shayna; Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue provides an activity on documentation panels to encourage students to reflect on their actions and thought processes. Young students benefit enormously from visual aids. Documentation panels--chronological arrangements of photos, student…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Classroom Communication, Class Activities, Documentation
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
Blowing bubbles is not only a favorite summer activity for young children. Studying bubbles that are grouped together, or "foam," is fun for children and fascinating to many real-world scientists. Foam is widely used--from the bedroom (mattresses) to outer space (insulating panels on spacecraft). Bubble foam can provide children a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Science Experiments
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
This article reports on the wonders of winter weather, as it often inspires teachers' and students' interest in collecting weather data, especially if snow falls. Beginning weather data collection in preschool will introduce children to the concepts of making regular observations of natural phenomena, recording the observations (data),…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Weather, Data Collection, Young Children