|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 1 review
|Grade Level:||Elementary School
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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You asked for it—now you’ve got it! In a focus group at a recent NSTA convention, teachers of prekindergarten through second grade clamored for help. They do want easy-to-do science activities they can use for everyday teaching. But they don’t want to be forced to adapt material meant for older children.
So here’s the solution. Start Young! offers a wealth of simple educational activities designed to use right away with even the littlest scientists. The book includes a chapter of helpful background on the latest thinking about effective ways to introduce science in early childhood. But the bulk of the book is two dozen articles compiled from Science & Children, NSTA’s award-winning journal for elementary school teachers. Among the topics:
• Playful science activities for young children
• The science and mathematics of building structures
• Planning a Rock Day
• What makes miniature sleds go, go, go
• Figuring out how big is big and how big is small
• Learning about birds, flight, ponds, and the environment
• Creating science centers for all students
Everyone who works with young children knows how eager they are to see, smell, hear, and touch the world around them. Encourage that natural curiosity while laying a foundation for a lifetime of learning about science. Start Young! is the age-appropriate resource to help you start them off right.
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, New Teacher, Parent, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Quick Reference Chart
Early Learning and Science
• Start Young!
• Kids Questioning Kids: “Experts Sharing”
• What the Real Experts Say
• How Big is Big? How Small Is Small
• The Bird
• Gravitating Toward Reggio
• Spideriffic Learning Tools
• It’s a Frog’s Life
• Science Centers for All
• Project Reptile!
• A Science Night of Fun
• First Flight
• Tracking Through the Tulips
• The Science and Mathematics of Building Structures
• Discovery Central
• Ladybugs Across the Curriculum
• Miniature Sleds, Go, Go, Go!
• Journey Into the Five Senses
• Drawing on Student Understanding
• The Tree of Life
• Students’ Ideas About Plants
• Let’s Try Action Research!
• Playful Activities for Young Children
||A+ Science Ideas
||Reviewed by: Diana C (Chambersburg, PA) on June 24, 2009
||This book represents a great teacher guide in the field of Earth Science for early childhood students. It provides a wonderful wealth of knowledge for early elementary teachers as well as pre-school teachers. I love the different hands-on activities that are well thought out, creative, and able to correlate with the PA standards. The journal articles are easy to read and understand. My favorite part about this book is that real teachers wrote the articles and created the activities. Plus, all of the articles, activities, and additional lessons are all combined into one book. (Yes! Finally, I have found a resource that contains all the necessary information and nothing extra.) I feel that this book is a great read and a highly useful tool in regards to teaching science to the young minds in our classroom.
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