Peggy Ashbrook

I write the Early Years column in Science and Children and am interested in bringing the early childhood education world and the science educator world closer together through collaborations. Add your expertise or questions to the NSTA Early Years blog at




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Recent Posts by Peggy

Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:25 AM in Weather In First Grade
Getting outside to make observations and collect data about the weather they are experiencing rather than simply viewing through a window will really help young children understand what their data means when viewing it the next day/week/month. I've written several NSTA Early Years blog posts about observing and documenting weather. Love to have your comments on the posts to add your experiences!...

Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:03 AM in Learning Science Concepts through Play
Mikaela, I love that article and find Carol Gross's ideas very effective! Thanks for sharing.

Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:19 AM in Lesson Plan Ideas
In addition to making models of the lunar phases with paper and cookies, a fun and interactive way to learn about the moon is for the entire class to make observations of the moon during the daytime. Continue making observations for several months before having students model their observations and make sense of them. Children love to be like real scientists and make real observations! If ...

Recent Public Collections by Peggy

The Early Years: Where Did the Water Go?
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Safety First: Modeling Safety in Clay Use
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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
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Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
Type: Journal Article


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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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