Growing Seeds and Scientistsby: Deborah C. Smith, Jessica L. Cowan, and Alicia M. Culp

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How do young children develop their ideas about science and scientists’ work in their first year of school? How do we teach them to believe they are real scientists? In this article, the authors—a university science educator, a kindergarten teacher, and a Penn State University teaching intern—share their inquiry into these questions in a kindergarten classroom during an exciting, six-week unit on seeds.

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  • on Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:35 PM

I found this article to be excellent for introducing seeds and helping young students become scientists. The authors did an nice job of walking the students through the process of being a scientist. They gave example of how to teach the lesson on seeds and create scientific studies with students to help answer their questions on seeds. The information presented on seed was valuable and I plan to use it in future lessons about seeds and plants. I really enjoyed how the lesson went further than just, "seeds need sunlight, water, and soil to grow."

Amber S  (Anchorage, AK)
Amber S (Anchorage, AK)

  • on Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:03 AM

With the efforts of a kindergarten teacher, a scientist, and a college professor they planned a six week unit for students that would develop their scientific skills and at the same time they would learn about seeds, plants and the conditions necessary for growth. This article chronicles this approach and how kindergarten students responded to their learning. Included are assessments and reflections by the educators and by the students themselves

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

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