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Creative Investigations in Early Science.


Creative Investigations in Early Science

Angela Eckhoff

Gryphon House, Inc.


100 pages



The author provides early childhood educators with pedagogical practices, science content knowledge, and lesson ideas that scaffold young children's experiences with earth, life, and physical science, while building their inquiry and creative-thinking skills. The book is meant to broaden teachers' understanding of the relationships among science content, the role of the learning environment, and supportive pedagogical practices in the early childhood classroom. It emphasizes the importance of encouraging minds-on learning experiences through guided and independent investigations and building student interests and understanding and connecting to other areas of content learning. It explains the connections among science content, inquiry-based learning, and project-based learning; how to plan cooperative science lessons that will engage all children; how to implement classroom experiences that support their engagement with science content on a daily basis; how to recognize their understanding, beliefs, and misconceptions of science concepts and use that information to support the growth of conceptual knowledge; and how to document their knowledge development through authentic work samples and classroom artifacts. Chapters include ideas and practices for each phase of the 5E model (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate), as well as background information on science content and the processes of inquiry related to each content area, classroom vignettes, and science lessons. They address matter and physical properties, physical and chemical changes, growth and change, conservation and sustainability, and earth and space systems. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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