The Early Years: Documenting Learningby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Children’s work documents their thinking and the details they note as they learn more. Over time, by drawing, dictating, or writing about their observations, children can reveal and deepen their understanding of science concepts. Documenting work to further understanding and sharing information is part of the National Science Education Teaching Standard B: Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning and Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
11/1/2010

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  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:34 AM

Not all substances dissolve in water. Using a hand lens children can observe a grain of salt and a grain of sand. Children can use diagrams to explain what happens to salt when placed in water and then what happens when sand is placed in water. These observations will lead to an understanding of dissolving.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 10:33 PM

This article provides insightful information on what types of observations are developmentally appropriate for students of this age and how to suppotr them in making obersvations. These teaching points would be very helpful to an ECE teacher. The suggested activity, while simple in nature, supports students' developing abiliity to use observation skills when exploring a new phenomena.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)


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