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 www.nsta.org/earlyyears

Location

VA

Affiliation

early childhood programs

Recent Posts by Peggy

Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:25 AM in Float/Sink for Younger Grades
I agree that density is a difficult concept for young children to understand, or even for adults to explain to ourselves, and it is not necessary to explain it in a beginning exploration of why objects float or sink. In addition to the relative density of the objects, the shape also plays a part in whether or not an object floats. Multiple experiences over time--days and weeks and months--will he...

Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:36 AM in Engagement in PreK-4 Science
Hi Emma, I hope you have found some explorations in my Early Years columns that engage you! They are written for preK-2 and they can be openers or the Engage in a 5E lesson plan for upper elementary students, and even middle school students. These experiences and explorations are ones I have used with my class or in classes where I mentor the teacher. You will make changes in any activity you ...

Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:20 AM in Life cycle 2nd grade
Hi Catalina, Having first hand experiences with living organisms is a great way to engage students with thinking about life cycles so I'm glad you mentioned beetle larvae (confusingly they are commonly called "mealworms"). Because Tenebrio beetles go through metamorphosis like butterflies, from the larvae to a pupa to the adult beetle form, and they are easy to keep in a container in a classroom ...





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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Plants

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Assessing Students’ Ideas About Plants
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Students' Ideas About Plants: Results from a National Study
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Questioning

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HANDLING CHILDREN’S QUESTIONS by Wynne Harlen.pdf
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Working with Young Children--Questions and questioning.pdf
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