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

Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:29 AM in suggestions for experiments in Kindergarten
Hi Liliana, In general, open exploration of natural phenomena is a great way to engage Kindergarten children in learning science concepts using the practices of science and engineering. Take a look at the progression charts in the NGSS "APPENDIX F – Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS" where what students should be able to do by the end of each grade band is summarized (beginning on ...

Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:29 AM in The Rock Cycle
I agree with Aylssa that more time to have first-hand expereinces both with rocks of many kinds and with the local geologic formations will help students learn about characteristics of rocks.  Considering a set of reflective questions can help us create more effective lessons:  Peterson, Sherri, and Cindy Hoisington, Peggy Ashbrook, Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren, Rosemary Geiken, Sonia Akiko Yo...

Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:43 AM in First Grade Changes in Heat
Savannah, you created a memorable lesson! First hand experiences like melting chocolate in our hands gives us the foundational experiences for later understanding of complex concepts. I agree with Diavion that the concept of particles, or changes in the energy of the matter (chocolate in this case), should be left for when the children are in third grade or older. The NGSS APPENDIX E – Progr...





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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