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Science & Elementary Education

  1. 1. Science & Elementary Education By: Amanda Rogers
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Science is an important subject in schools. However it is often neglected to be explored in depth until students reach at least a middle school level. Studying science in depth can be very beneficial to young minds. This powerpoint is designed to show the importance of exploring science at a young age. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Study Science at Six <ul><li>The article, Study Science at Six , describes how important it is to start studying science at an early age. The children’s natural curiosity at this age lets them approach science more directly. Because children are very open minded at this age, exploring science lets them figure it out for themselves instead of just accepting what is written in a book. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Study Science at Six <ul><li>The major problem with teaching science at a young age, is how to approach it. This article states five units that are being tested and revised. These five units are force, coordinates, physiology, animal coloration, and chemistry. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reflection <ul><li>I thought this article was very interesting and relevant in today’s educational world, even though the article was written in the 1960’s. I believe that the exploration of science is still neglected in the earlier grades. I fully agree with a statement made by Dr. Stebbins; “We have tended to stress where possible, therefore, actual manipulation and direct sense experience through touch, sight, taste, hearing” (The Science News-Letter, 1961). Children should be able to study and learn about science in a hands on fashion starting at an early age. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Science For Christmas <ul><li>This article, Science For Christmas , describes the importance of encouraging children to play with science. In this article, studies show that the more science was encourage at a young age, the more children were interested in it later in life. In fact, most children who grew up to be scientists were encouraged to get involved with science at a young age. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Science For Christmas <ul><li>Science toys such as jigsaw puzzles, construction sets, beginner chemistry sets, and simple microscopes can help get children interested in science at a young age. This article lists many more science toys that are good for children between the ages of 3 and 12. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reflection <ul><li>This article was particularly interesting and useful to me because I plan on specializing in science education. This article gave me many ideas of toys and kits to have in my classroom that will help encourage the students’ interest in science. Developing an enthusiasm for science at an early age is extremely important. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Change Science Teaching <ul><li>This article discusses the negative image scientists are given and how it affects youth interest in science. Because of the negative image the media gives scientists, young children are less likely to want to explore science and study it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Change Science Teaching <ul><li>Dr. Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux have proposed 8 changes to be made to the science teaching methods. These methods encourage children to participate more actively and start exploring science earlier. These methods also emphasize the importance of group work to shed the media’s negative image of the “lonely” scientist. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reflection <ul><li>I believe this article is still extremely relevant in today’s society. I think that the media still casts a negative image on scientists. The methods suggested in this article are helpful methods to use while teaching science. There is one method I particularly agree with; “2. Begin in the kindergarten and elementary grades to open children’s eyes to the wonder and delight in the natural world, which can then supply the motive power for enjoyment of intellectual life later” (The Science News-Letter, 1957). This is a method I plan to incorporate in my teaching career. I would like to start teaching science to students as young as kindergarteners. I want them to be able to explore science and build their enthusiasm for it. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Works Cited <ul><li>The Science News-Letter, (1961, July, 1). Study Science at Six. Society for Science & the Public , 80 , Retrieved 4/27/09, from </li></ul><ul><li>The Science News-Letter, (1960, November, 12). Science for Christmas. Society for Science & the Public , 78 , Retrieved 4/27/09, from </li></ul><ul><li>The Science News-Letter, (1957, November, 11). Change Science Teaching. Society for Science & the Public , 72 , Retrieved 4/27/09, from </li></ul>