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Science is golden : a problem-solving approach to doing science with children
Finkelstein, Ann.
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East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2002]

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xiii, 150 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The brains-on approach to science -- Questions -- Brainstorming and experimental planning : the yin and yang of science -- Control your experiment -- Let's experiment! -- What does it mean? : data analysis and presentation -- Examples of experiments -- Adapting the brains-on method for younger children.
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The first book of its kind, "Science is Golden" discusses how to implement an inquiry-based, problem-solving approach to science education (grades K-5). Finkelstein shows parents and teachers how to help students investigate their own scientific questions. Rather than a set of guidelines for science fair projects, this book presents a method for helping students expand their creativity and develop logical thinking while learning science.
Starting with an introduction to the "brains-on method," "Science is Golden" explains brainstorming, experimental controls, collecting data, and how to streamline children's questions about science so that the questions define an experiment. Students will learn how to: ask good questions; clarify terminology; research, plan, and design experiments and controls; test assumptions; collect and analyze data; present results to others; and collaborate with adults.
" Science is Golden" is consistent with the National Science Education Standards proposed by the National Academy of Sciences, and the Michigan Essential Goals and Objectives for Science Education (K-12) from the Michigan State Board of Education."

Author Notes

Ann Finkelstein has done biomedical research at the University of Toronto, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and at Michigan State University. She is currently a freelance writer specializing in popular science and education. A devoted mother, Ann is very involved in the science education of her two elementary school-aged sons

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Diverging from a typical science activity book for children, Science is Golden provides both parents and practitioners with a sound scientific framework for facilitating student inquiry. This "brains-on" approach attempts to make scientific methodology accessible for elementary-aged children. The strongest aspect of this straightforward book is its emphasis on natural curiosity and the inherent value of real-world questions. This is explicitly seen in both chapter 2, which defines the parameters of appropriate scientific questions, and the appendix, which provides a useful list of actual questions posed by students. The book emphasizes the use of controls and experimentation as the primary vehicle to address student inquiries, perhaps overlooking the broader approach of naturalistic inquiry for fostering student curiosity, particularly for younger children. This handbook also requires that students have advanced language arts and numeracy skills to fully conduct and document experiments. Overall, however, the useful diagrams and clear examples help produce a readable and sound resource for professionals and parents who are looking for more than a typical content-based workbook for children, and it is recommended for libraries that serve practitioners and general readers. D. M. Moss University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 The Brains-On Approach to Sciencep. 3
2 Questionsp. 15
3 Brainstorming and Experimental Planning: The Yin and Yang of Sciencep. 25
4 Control Your Experimentp. 39
5 Let's Experiment!p. 57
6 What Does It Mean?: Data Analysis and Presentationp. 67
7 Examples of Experimentsp. 89
8 Adapting the Brains-On Method for Younger Childrenp. 117
Appendix 1 Children's Questionsp. 127
Appendix 2 Sample Laboratory Notebookp. 143