The Early Years: Objects in Motionby: Peggy Ashbrook

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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month’s issue students use small objects, such as tops, to explore motion. Students then perform data collection of movement with the teacher's help.

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  • on Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:41 AM

This article has a nice lesson about experimenting with various types of tops. After the students have experimented with the tops for awhile they can tally data such as which top spins longest, which top spins fastest, etc. Young children can collect meaningful data with adult help!!

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

  • on Mon May 07, 2012 7:56 PM

Peggy does an excellent job explaining how you can work with complicated concepts at a level young children can understand. She describes how important it is for children to have many opportunities with motion. She also is very careful about using informal language before scientific vocabulary. it does no good to use the correct vocabulary if students have no idea what you or they are talking about.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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