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Alternative assessments in science instruction have been developed for the upper elementary grades but are limited in the area of early childhood instruction. Because younger children have limited abilities in reading and writing, teachers have difficulty assessing children’s scientific knowledge. Therefore, this article provides assessment tasks with appropriate reading and writing demands for young children by using objects that are familiar to them.
A selection from Science and Children—October 1999
I really enjoyed this article. There were many great examples of hands on activities that I would love to use in my future classroom. It was very informative and I'll keep it in my library for a while!
Great article. Provided a lot of useful resources and examples that I can apply in the classroom.
Several hands-on investigations are described that you will assist you in uncovering the thinking of young students. Although the activities are engaging, the authors do little to explain the types of questions asked of students. They also do not offer suggestions for correcting misconceptions. Simply uncovering thinking is not enough; teachers need to be aware of common misconceptions and how to address them. If you are looking for hands-on activities for pre-k, you'll find some great ideas, however.
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)
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