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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month’s issue students learn to use the school yard as a model.
Using different models in the classroom teaches children the concept of representing real objects. More importantly even young children can recognize the limitations of using models. The activity in this article is called “Using Maps as Models” helps young children learn that maps can be models of larger things. Taking a nature walk while taking some pictures will help young children understand spatial arrangements and accomplish the task of creating a map, a model of the places around the school.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
In the Early Years column, Peggy has introduced models to young students by using objects( models) that are very familiar to them. She uses the model of two different types of birds to help students understand that the models are not exact replicas of the real things.
Introducing to these concepts while they are young will be very helpful in their conceptual understanding in later years of different models e.g. the solar system.
This article provokes thinking about how I can use models in my instruction.
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)
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