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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue discusses using circle time to discuss science topics.
I like how the author discussed about science talks. I think that it is important for young children to begin explaining their science observations. Also I like the Teach and Tell activity.
This article provides an explanation of why circle time is a good technique with young children. It also provides a simple activity called ‘Teach and Tell’. With the help of parents children collect ‘interesting natural things’ they will later use in circle time.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
As I began skimming this column certain words and phrases jumped out at me. The first one was "science talks". I think there is no better way to process our science learning than to talk about it with someone else. This can be a rehearsal for writing or it can be a time to reflect or revise one 's thinking. The next thing I noticed was "productive questions" Productive questions ask students to ponder their answer...find an answer within themselves. Productive questions can be attention-focusing questions, counting and/or measuring questions, problem-posing questions and more.
The Teach & Tell activity is one I love and I did a variation of it in my Morining Meeting every morning with 5th and 6th graders, so this is not just applicable to young children .
in this activity students bring in natural objects to share with the rest of the class. I particularly like the way Peggy handles one child disagreeing with another child's statement..bringing it back to what scientists do. I think this is an excellent article for every preschool teacher to read and implement. I would if I was in the classroom.
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)
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