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Preston, Christine; McKie, Cassandra – Teaching Science, 2018
This article describes an inquiry science lesson that was sparked by a child's question. In this school a science specialist (author 1) team teaches science with the kindergarten class teacher (author 2) for 1 hour per week. The class teacher integrates science at other times during the week. To foster the kindergarteners' interest about a science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Science Teachers, Kindergarten
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Low, David; Wilson, Kate – Teaching Science, 2017
On entry to university, high-achieving physics students from all across Australia struggle to identify Newton's third law force pairs. In particular, less than one in ten can correctly identify the Newton's third law reaction pair to the weight of (gravitational force acting on) an object. Most students incorrectly identify the normal force on the…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Physics
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Familiar toys can be used to scaffold young children's learning about basic physics as well as guide scientific inquiry. Teachers looking for resources to engage young children and develop science inquiry skills need look no further than the toy box. In this two-part activity, children first construct a Lego┬« car and use it to explore the effects…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Young Children, Toys, Physics
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
This article is the second in "Teaching Science's" "Try This" series. These hands-on activities are designed especially for early childhood students to encourage their natural curiosity and promote development of scientific thinking. In this activity, the problem-based learning approach means that the children are engaged in a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Inquiry, Problem Based Learning, Hands on Science
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
This article is the first in a new series of hands-on activities designed especially for early childhood students to encourage their natural curiosity and promote development of scientific thinking. The activity presented was created to help children learn how to make scientific observations using their senses. Children develop science inquiry…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Early Childhood Education, Thinking Skills
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
Young children love to draw, and should be encouraged to explore drawing as a communication tool. Drawing is a means by which children can express their thoughts, interests and feelings, long before they learn to write. We know that: "children's drawings are vehicles for expression and communication" (Chang, 2012, p. 187). This form of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Tho, Siew Wei; Yeung, Yau Yuen – Teaching Science, 2014
A Smartphone is not only a mobile device that is used for communication but is also integrated with a personal digital assistant (PDA) and other technological capabilities such as built-in acceleration, magnetic and light sensors, microphone, camera and Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. This handheld device has become very popular with the…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Investigations
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Ohlberger, Stephanie; Wegner, Claas – Teaching Science, 2013
Learning takes place mostly through communication. This is why teachers employ different types of interaction in the classroom in order to provide a varied environment for the students. Apart from the commonly used Student-Teacher-Talk or Teacher-Student-Talk, presentations or lectures may offer advantages with regard to the promotion of…
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires
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Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy; Shepherd, Alyce – Teaching Science, 2013
Students engage with science content when they are asked to explain and communicate their knowledge to others. In particular, encouraging students to create various digital media forms such as videos, podcasts, vodcasts, screencasts, digital stories and animations to explain science is usually engaging, especially if they have ownership of the…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Student Developed Materials
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Guha, Smita – Teaching Science, 2012
To teach young children, teachers choose topics in science that children are curious about. Children's inquisitive nature is reflected through the activities as they make repetitive sounds to find the cause and effect relationship. Teachers can make best use of those invaluable moments by incorporating those activities into science lessons on…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Young Children, Hands on Science
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Hoban, Garry; Nielsen, Wendy – Teaching Science, 2010
"Slowmation" (abbreviated from "Slow Animation") is a simplified way of making an animation that enables students to create their own as a new way of learning about a science concept. When students make a slowmation, they create a sequence of five multimodal representations (the 5 Rs) with each one contributing to the learning…
Descriptors: Animation, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Hatsidimitris, George; Connor, Rick; Ginges, Jacinda; Wolfe, Joe – Teaching Science, 2010
"Glimpses of Science" is the outcome of collaboration between the University of New South Wales and four primary schools in the Sydney metropolitan region. A prototype kit on the topic of sound was developed and demonstrated by the team. This kit formed the basis for further science activities to be designed and produced in conjunction…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, Elementary School Science
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Ahlers, Carl – Teaching Science, 2009
Electrostatics should find a special place in all primary school science curricula. It is a great learning area that reinforces the basics that underpin electricity and atomic structure. Furthermore, it has many well documented hands-on activities. Unfortunately, the "traditional" electrostatics equipment such as PVC rods, woollen cloths, rabbit…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Science Activities, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Sultana, Khalida; van Rooy, Wilhelmina – Teaching Science, 2009
Extracting DNA from fruit and vegetables provides students with hands-on opportunities to engage with a visualisation of genetic material that can later be supported by ICT and practical model making. Here is a quick, cheap and easy way to extract DNA from strawberries that avoids the mess involved in other DNA extractions, such as from dried…
Descriptors: Genetics, Food, Hands on Science, Science Experiments
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Cheng, Meng-Fei – Teaching Science, 2009
This paper illustrates a series of activities designed to encourage fourth to sixth-grade students to develop their conceptions of magnets. Through scaffolding activities and facilitation from the teacher, students will be able to generate, evaluate, and refine their explanations for how magnets work. Students can gradually develop sophisticated…
Descriptors: Magnets, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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