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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2019
Through Preschool and Foundation Level, children are confident in their knowledge about rocks. Five- to six-year-olds have firm ideas on what they consider rocks are and where they might be found (Preston, 2018). With the exception of children who are avid rock collectors, such knowledge usually comprises general, inconsistent ideas formed from…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Preston, Christine; Blowe, Jacqueline – Teaching Science, 2019
Foundation Year children are often excited about learning to read. Some 5- to 6-year-olds with well-developed literacy skills begin to read chapter books. Like older children and adults, they cannot read the whole book in one sitting. The learning experience described in the article provides an example of how the properties of materials…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
Magnifying objects can foster wonder in young children because they can make new observations of familiar things. This activity helps children explore common substances and familiar materials using a magnifying glass. Magnification can help people observe living things more closely providing a link to the work of scientists and the magnifying…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Young Children, Science Activities
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
This paper outlines a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning experience for children in the early years of school. It builds on STEM education in early childhood with a shared purpose, "to help children to explore and make sense of their world using childrelevant and appropriate contexts" (Preston, 2018 p. 137).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Learning Experience, Early Childhood Education
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2018
If you think physics is only for older children, think again. Much of the playtime of young children is filled with exploring--and wondering about and informally investigating--the way objects, especially toys, move. How forces affect objects, including: change in position, motion, and shape are fundamental to the big ideas in physics. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Physics
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
If you think of play as "the work of children" (Whitebread, Basilio, Kuvalja & Verma, 2012) then toys are surely the "tools of their trade". The involvement of scientific principles in how they work makes certain toys ideal stimuli for science investigations. This article describes a practical investigation suitable for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Young Children
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Plants are often overlooked in favour of animals when teaching about living things. Focusing on familiar animals that share human characteristics helps young children learn about similar features. Examining plants for their differences, though, helps foster wonder. In the author's experience, children find it intriguing that plants need…
Descriptors: Botany, Elementary School Science, Young Children, Science Activities
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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 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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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2013
This activity is an example of a hands-on task designed to help children develop a scientific understanding of the concept of wind, use science inquiry skills and explain an everyday phenomenon.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2010
The Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) Inc. is a national organisation of marine educators that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. MESA representatives and members organise education and interpretation activities in support of schools and communities during a number…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Marine Education, Biodiversity, Marine Biology