The Early Years: Communicating About Collectionsby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Children love to collect all kinds of things, from sticks to colorful leaves to trading cards. These objects are special to children because they found the objects and chose them for a quality determined by them. For preschool students, the quality could be shape, a certain feel in the hand, color, or even just being close at hand. Exploring the qualities of a collections can be an engaging experience that builds on prior learning while introducing or practicing such skills as asking questions, comparing, sorting, counting, describing, developing understanding of the objects, and communicating about the investigations, all part of doing scientific inquiry as defined by the National Science Education Standards for grades K-4.

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  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:09 AM

A simple collection of objects, things from nature or just pictures in the science classroom can serve as a jump start for literacy. From collections to reading about items in the collection a teacher can have students write about their collections or name their collections. The activity provided in this article is a way to engage young children in a fun learning experience that can lead to thinking like a scientist and to early stages of literacy.

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

  • on Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:56 AM

Young kids love to collect can be as simple as an interesting stick. This article gives some good literary sources about collections and has a lesson about starting a classroom collection of lids.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:40 AM

Collections are a great way to have young students learn about ways to categorize and investigate sorting, comparing and asking questions and developing ways to describe. Collections not not be store or supply house bought but can be anything which interests your young students Article includes an activity on sorting caps and several books about collections for young students.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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