Dramatic Scienceby: Debbie McGregor and Wendy Precious

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The setting: the science classroom. The characters: you and your students. The scene: Your students acting out scientific discoveries, modeling a frog’s life cycle, mimicking the transition from liquid to solid. This is dramatic science, a teaching approach that uses acting techniques to explore and develop young children’s ideas about science. This article describes how this creative approach can be used to develop science process skills and a passion for science in your students.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
10/1/2010

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Reviews (3)
  • on Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:51 PM

I understand the article is geared towards an elementary crowd, but some of the of these I feel could be used in secondary classes. The ones that stood out the most to me were modeling and freeze frame. Even though some kids will have some issues I think they will get lost in the fun, especially if performing as a group or solo only to a small group.

Nathan
Nathan

  • on Thu May 12, 2011 3:25 PM

In this era of' teaching to the test' both in England and in the US , Two English educators show how eight drama techniques can engage and help explore science concepts in an inventive and interesting way

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:06 AM

This article describes how acting skills help students in grades 1 through 3 explore and develop ideas about science. Students act out science discoveries by modeling them. A chart describes eight dramatic science strategies. The three major themes were exploration, sport, and stranded on a deserted island in an effort to develop process skills such as observing, inferring, communicating, modeling and more. This is an interesting approach that might help young children develop those skills.

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


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