Building a Community of Scientistsby: Brenda Turgeon

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This article provides ideas for starting off the school year with a focus on science and continuing all year long.

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  • on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:11 AM

Brenda Turgeon, an assistant professor of elementary science education at Purdue University, describes how starting the school year with a visiting scientist, in this article, a nature walk conducted by Ranger Mary,helps students to observe like a scientist when they do their own nature walk. Author discusses the way science notebooks and developing questions help student to learn how to make observations and base their findings on evidence through the use of formative assessments . A science center including a word wall and questions to be pondered is included on the science bulletin board. Starting a school year with a guest scientist and engaging students in their own nature walk to hone their inquiry skills does build a budding community of student scientists!

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:35 AM

This educator starts her year with third graders by bringing in local community members to initiate interest in science. This article presents a 5E learning cycle lesson with follow-up activities designed to turn students into scientists at the beginning of the school year. Students explore their world in the school yard, around school and in a local park. They make observations about three plants and animals and then compare their observations with fellow classmates. They record what they learned in their science notebook and a science center is established in the classroom. All of this is designed to initiate an interest in science throughout the year.

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

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