Crystal Clear Science

Manner, Barbara; Beddard-Hess, Sharon; Daskalakis, Argy
April 2005
Science & Children;Apr/May2005, Vol. 42 Issue 7, p38
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the teaching of Earth science to elementary school children. Study materials such as kits and modules for subjects like Earth science need adaptations to make sure they suit students' and teachers' needs. In this article, the researchers have tweaked a classroom kit on minerals and crystals, as a part of the Allegheny Schools Science Education and Technology program. There were three third-grade teachers, two student teaching interns, one resource teacher, and an Earth science content specialist in the team that was adapting the module. A content session was included during which students would explore the shape of some common minerals, followed by two guided-discovery lessons and a student inquiry. After this activity, students conducted guided inquiries to learn more about crystals, working in groups of two or three. INSET: Making a Saturated Solution.


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