Early Childhood

Article Review One

Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:22 PM

The Nature of Science in Early Childhood Education:
This article mainly discusses how and if younger children can understand science. The article states that “Kindergarten, first, and second grade students begin to understand what science is” (Ashbrook, 2014). Around these early ages, students begin to understand who does science and how it works in classrooms. Within this article, an activity is included to help the younger students gain an understanding of observation and inference within science. This activity gives instructions to show students a picture of a part of a common object, such as a flower. The educator is then supposed to ask the children to observe what they see in the photo. Inferences and guesses to what this photo is a part of is asked of the students next. Students will be in groups during the activity. The students should slowly gain an understand of what the object may be and that they were a part of a scientific experiment. This activity goes along with the one from class today. To make a square from different shapes we got into groups, observed the pieces, and made guesses as to where they went. I would use activities like these in my classroom to engage the students in learning about science and so that they know everyone can be a scientist.
Ashbrook, Peggy. (2014). The Nature and Science in Early Childhood. Science and Children, September, 24-25.
Getting Crafty with the NGSS
This article is all about students creating multimedia circuits. Normally when teaching electricity topics to students, teachers go-to is creating the circuits with your typical batteries, wires, and clips. This article claims that through using multimedia circuits, the “students interest and identification with science improve[s] significantly” (Tofel-Grehl 2016). A multimedia circuit is a craft-based approach. Students would construct different circuits using items such as clay, paper, or fabric. Anything the students could test or try would be involved in the experiment. The article lists a few alternatives for wire that students could use. Some of these include salt-based clay, copper tape, or stainless steel as electricity conductors. The article also includes instructions on how to conduct these experiments and provides links for tutorials. It also provides assessment questions for the students after the project is done. This is one of my favorite articles so far because of the detailed instructions and the new and entertaining approach that it offers. It provides many alternatives that are age appropriate. From paper circuits to bracelet circuits these activities will allow students to be engaged. These activities allow students to have sort of a free range on how they learn about electrical currents. Keeping an open mind and learning how to problem solve through trial and error helps these students not only learn electrical currents but also how to have fun while learning science.
Colby Tofel-Grehl, Breanne Litts, & Kristin Searle. (2016,December 1). Getting Crafty With the NGSS

Hannah Adams
Hannah Adams
1198 Activity Points

Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:57 PM

HI Hannah!

I agree that science observation start at an early age. For observations, students can state the color, physical appearance and what the object is made up. Teaching students at this young age how science works is very important. Many people think scientists are just old men in lab coats. Students need to understand that everyone is a scientist because we made observations and predictions everyday.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields
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