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Encouraging Young Scientists news letter
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:33 PM
[color=purple]May 10th update
There are some good ideas in this newsletter but with any information we need to look at how applicable some ideas are for our pre K students. This is especially so in April edition on energy as potential and kinetic energy terms are not applicable for primary age students
Did you know that NSTA has a monthly news letter that aims to make science accessible to and achievable by young children in grades PreK–2, to encourage teachers, and to provide resources and ideas for making science fun and relevant in the classroom. You can access past issues and sign up for future one right here:
Encouraging Young Scientists
Here are past monthly topics
March 2014: Friction
February 2014: Sounding Off
January 2014: Maple Syrup
December 2013: Growing Things
November 2013: The Science in Sports
October 2013: Color and Light
September 2013: Engineering
August 2013: Arthropods
July 2013: The Science of Sand
June 2013: Experiments for a Rainy Day
May 2013: Exploring Outside
April 2013: The Importance of Water
March 2013: Oceans
February 2013: Media Resources for Preschool Science
January 2013: Snowflakes
December 2012: Senses
November 2012: Animal Identification Through the Seasons
October 2012: Early Years Science
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
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Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:22 AM
Thanks for sharing such valuable information. I will be using much of this information.
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Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:15 AM
Thank you for providing this information, it's always important to keep students engaged when it comes to all content areas.
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Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:36 PM
Thanks for sharing. I think those list are useful and good idea to use in school
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Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:23 PM
Thanks for sharing! This will be very useful.
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Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:58 PM
Thanks for bringing this to our attentions, Arlene. Peggy Ashbrook has a monthly column in the Science and Children journal every month devoted to our youngest scientists, too! It is called, "The Early Years".
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Fri May 02, 2014 3:27 PM
Yes Peggy does ! Here is a link to her collection of 72 articles and to her Early Years blog
[url=http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=kWe5LKQ7hf] The Early Years column, preK-grade 2
This collection of The Early Years columns can be used to find activities for young children (PreK-grade 2) to be part of the on-going science inquiry that is already happening in your classroom. Use these activities to continue your students' thinking and learning about a concept or topic they are investigating. Visit The Early Years blog to find pictures and more discussion about teaching science in early childhood.[/i]
Sun May 04, 2014 11:10 AM
As a future teacher, I have found the NSTA Recommends and other magazines that I get in the mail and the newsletter really informative and helpful.
This newsletter sounds like another great information source that I am sure I could use in the classroom. Thank you for the link.
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Mon May 05, 2014 6:28 PM
I hope other early childhood educators will add their experiences and resources to the Early Years blog in a comment. The voice of the group has much to offer all of us! We know our students best and can view resources with a critical eye to see if they meet the needs of our children.
The NSTA members' email list for early childhood is another resource.
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Tue May 06, 2014 4:09 PM
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Wed May 07, 2014 10:55 AM
I didn't know that existed and I wish I had known when I was working on my Science CAT for my teaching credential! It was a pain trying to come up with lesson plans and different ways to teach the material to my transitional kindergarten students.
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Thu May 08, 2014 12:07 AM
Wow, this is very cool! I work in a state funded preschool and am always trying to find ways to integrate science. I just signed up for it. I'm looking forward to seeing what there is to do! We are just about to start an ocean unit, so the March 2013 newsletter was extremely helpful! Even though we con not go on field trips, I like the ideas of bringing the ocean to them by songs, games and art! Thank you for this great resource!
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Sat May 10, 2014 4:43 PM
Thanks great !
There are some good ideas in this newsletter but with any information we need to look at how applicable some ideas are for our Pre K students. This is especially so in April edition on energy as potential and kinetic energy terms are not applicable for our primary age students.
What concepts should we be exploring about energy with Pre-K? When should we start and how should we explore energy?
Here is what is in the NGSS.........
Sunlight warms Earth's surface. (Grade K)
The above core idea supports the following NGSS Performance Expectation(s):
K-PS3-2: Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.
K-PS3-1: Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth's surface.
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
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Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:54 PM
Good to know there are a lot of science newsletters. I am sure I will need these when I get in the classroom.
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Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:33 PM
These newsletters will be useful.
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Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:44 PM
Wow! I did not know something like this existed! What a great resource for pre-k to second grade educators! This would be beneficial to the team leader, individual teacher, as well, as parents. The information in the newsletter is presented in an organized fashion that also makes it easy to understand. Do you know if there are similar resources like this available for older, upper elementary learners? I think these would also prove to be a useful tool for these educators as well.
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Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:54 AM
This resource is amazing! It can be of great help to educators as well as parents. I love that it is presented in a very organized fashion. It tends to be difficult to present science to the younger grades. I am curious as to if there is a resource like this for upper elementary or at the least it could possibly be modified.
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Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:05 PM
Thank you! Newsletters are important and can be used in the classroom for students to become aware of what is going on in the science world.
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Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:30 AM
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Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:41 PM
This is great! Creating general newsletters with my future students was one of the plans I have. These resources will definitely help with ideas concerning science and leading to other subjects.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:02 PM
I love creating news letter for my students and their parents. Its a great way to engage the content that the students are learning at school and applying it at home as well. Science news letter is even better because it can focus on something specific. Great idea!
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Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:56 AM
Thanks for sharing I will definitely look into this!
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