I have always been interested in science, but the hands on experiments have helped me understand and grasp concepts much easier. I recall my first experiment in first grade when the class was given the lima bean sprout experiment, which required students to plant a bean in a paper cup. The purpose of this experiment was to teach us about photosynthesis and practice our observation skills. I recall how others were fascinated about why their sprout grew. I, on the other hand, was more captivated by why the other sprouts did not grow and the factors, which contributed to that outcome. This basic experiment taught me to look at things through different lenses and not always to the most obvious path.
The process skills approach to teaching is defined as the educator helping children develop science skills and processes to confidently undertake their own investigations (Campbell, 2012). These skills are developed through: communicating, science language, asking questions, making sense of phenomena, predicting, modelling, conducting investigations, planning, testing, observing, reasoning, and drawing conclusions of science concepts (Campbell, 2012). When the educator assist children’s learning, it is important to put the emphasis on the nature of science and scientific concepts. Guided discovery approach to teaching requires the educator to ask effective questions that encourage children to explore and extend their investigations throughout science learning (Campbell, 2012). This can be developed through play experiences as children explore their world around them. An interactive approach to teaching children is based on questions that lead explorations and the educators to provide essential resources to guide these explorations (Campbell, 2012). It is the educators’ responsibility to support children’s development, ideas, questions, ways of thinking, and develop scientific thinking. Furthermore, an inquiry approach to teaching relates to children investigating the answers to their own
I elicited and built upon student’s response to promote thinking and develop understanding of science concepts through questioning to get student think critically about what they did at each station and how it fit together what we see happen outside the classroom. it can be seen in the video clip 2 lesson 4 minute , it can been seen in the video that students are actively engaged in answering questions and are willing to give their insight into situation. In video clip 1 The students watch a video about the chemistry of carbon. and while the students watched the video there were a list of the question that each students need to answer it, and one of these questions was asking about “what the protein are made off “This provided students
This step had kinetic energy, force and friction. The tennis ball was rolling towards the mini basketball. The tennis ball used the force that is got from the baseball to hit the basketball. The friction type was rolling because the tennis ball was rolling on the pice of cardboard to get to the basketball.
science -inquiry concepts. In the video clip from lesson 4,minute Students will work together to form hypothesis, observe ,follow procedure ,collect and analyze data, write a conclusion. This lab has four stations, with each stations student were dealing with situation involving phenomenon that they see outside of the classroom, likely on daily basis. so, with each station the Students can be seen using data and their observations as evidence to explain why they were seeing this real-world phenomenon. then students need to answer the lab analysis questions that also connect them with real world. video 2. Furthermore, to help students construct their explanations, I asked questions that push students to make connections to the real world. For example, in video 2, minute , I ask students why organic compounds dose not conduct electricity ? and how about if we try using water and salt ?
The WebQuery, the 5E lesson plan, and the field trip guide, are examples of through which students engage in investigations that enhance learning and that helps them meet the NGSS. These artifacts also indicate my ability to develop lesson plans that promote the learning of science; that align content to the NGSS; that demonstrate the use of assessment to ensure that the students are meeting the standards; and that showcase the use of literature to support grouping strategies and lesson rationale
Integrating other learning areas in our unit of work and exercising more resources that teachers can use in the classroom base upon our science unit is also a crucial element that our group was missing that needed to be included in our presentation. The classroom environment should include lots of books, visual materials, ICT devices and activities to facilitate learning and keep the student’s interests by promoting questioning and discussion to stimulate their science thinking processes and skills in a creative and encouraging environment. (Pitcher, 2014)
Science is something that is not too much a part of the curriculum for this preschool classroom. I happened to be observing while they are watching caterpillars turn into butterflies. The first thing the teachers do is to explain the life cycle of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, and then they read the book The Hungry Caterpillar. This book has vivid illustrations and really breaks down the life cycle of a butterfly. Students are asked questions and as questions along the way to ensure they understand the text and to clarify anything that they do not understand. Once the book is over, students are asked if they have any questions. Some do, but the main question was “Can we see the caterpillars now!”
Science is such a unique and highly captivating subject that so many young students find interesting and yet it is also a subject that the vast majority of students get discouraged by as well as lose interest in as they get older. There are so many different areas of science it is easy to be overwhelmed and get discouraged if you easily do not understand something. For this reason, I had decided I need to research a Citizens Science Project that I could bring not only bring into my future classroom but share with my students and their families as well.
Once the booklets were complete, the students sat at the carpet and Ms. Gifford read the book, “David Goes to School,” by David Shannon. While reading this book, she prompted scientific questions, such as making predictions and analyzing the pages to understand the situation. For example, one question was, “Is David happy or sad?” Once students answered this question, she asked how they know this and they had to analyze the picture and words to show evidence for their reasoning.
During the course of the year, we learned about the Investigation-Colloquium Method (I-CM) of the teaching science which emphasizes that children learn more by interacting with their peers, sharing their thoughts and collaborate information among themselves. As the word colloquium suggests, it is an informal gathering of peers during a discussion, it is during this discussion children expand on their learning experiences. This method is similar to what Vygotsky would have considered as the “Zone of Proximal Development.” His theory suggested that during a colloquium children tend to sharpen their perception which will, in turn, promote mental growth. As a future teacher of science, my goal is to base my lesson plans on the I-CM method by using it as a benchmark for my instructional practices. Some of these approaches would include concepts, materials, investigations, use of data charts, creative dramatics, and closure to name a few. Each of these subcategories of I-CM further enhances the concept of this method which will be discussed later in further detail. However, in my opinion, the role of a teacher is the pinnacle entity for a successful colloquium among children and an even more successful pedagogy of science.
This assignment is a case study of a child’s engagement, inquiry skills and understanding of physical or chemical understandings. There are two parts to the assignment that build to the final case study report. Part A is to design a science inquiry activity suitable for engaging a child at junior primary with physical or chemical science understandings that uses materials like water, sand, ball or tubes. At the next, it is needed to figure out how the planned inquiry activity links to the Australian Curriculum and the early Years Learning Framework. This report also needs to explain and justify the learning theory that underpins the activity and the proposed teaching and learning approach. At the last
Electricity is very proactive and beneficial fact that I could introduce to the children. Electricity is a very functional that children and adult get expose in a daily basis. I noticed that Zoe was very concerned about the cables and the wire fences. By exposing the element of electricity to children they will get emerge in physics, math, and hands on projects. How children analyze electricity? That is a stimulating question for children that are very curious about how things are made. Children are very capable to use their knowledge and how they perceive things. Using Jean Piaget constructivism theory I could explore electricity with the children. Another detail that stands for further consideration is air. The children were concern about
The activity that I chose, Simple Wave Simulator, covers the ideas of what the properties of a simple wave are. This simulator enables the student to choose whether they want to make a rope wave, simulating a transverse wave, or a longitudinal wave, which simulates a sound wave. The student is also able to change certain properties of the wave, such as frequency, amplitude, and the speed at which the wave is traveling. While using the simulator, students are able to track data such as values of wave speed, frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and period.
Science is, by its nature, inquiry based and science knowledge is built through processes in which discoveries of the natural world are made (Abruscato, 2000). It utilizes discovery and scientific thinking process to explore and learn knowledge and skills. Learning by doing is the new efficient method in teaching science. For kindergarten, this method leads to better understanding of science concepts and builds skills that children will use in future life .What a child can do with assistance now, they can later do on their own (Vygotsky, 1978). John Dewey (1916) stated that children must be engaged in an active quest for learning and new ideas. Inquiry is important in educating kindergarteners because it not only keeps them interested in lessons but also helps them retain more information when performing exploration and investigation. Children are naturally motivated to learn and actively seek out information to help their understanding (Piaget, 1950).The success of students who participate in hands- on inquiry activities suggests that if students have first hands experience with science, concepts are easier to understand and apply and students are generally more favorable to science and have better understanding of the nature of science .Within a conceptual framework, inquiry learning and active learner involvement can lead to important outcomes in the classroom. In kindergarten, students who are actively making observations, collecting results and drawing