Testing the Waters

Aram, Robert J.; Brake, Mary; Smith, David; Wood, Gina; Hamilton, Pat
January 2000
Science & Children;Jan2000, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p41
Academic Journal
The article presents information on coordination of a school wide water theme which provided school students with science learning experiences with a Science-Technology- Society orientation reflecting many of the standards of the National science Education Standards. Water was chosen as the theme for the following reasons: Firstly, water is a central element of the natural world that is a familiar and easily accessible resource that interests young and old alike and of which all have prior experience and knowledge, secondly, an inquiry-oriented exploration of water's physical and chemical properties, life-giving attributes, and connections with technology and the environment easily links school science disciplines and encourages student collaboration across grade levels. Teachers reported that the schoolwide water theme helped them implement the science standards as well as mathematics and communication arts standards by providing a local, real-life, easily accessible focus for curriculum development efforts across grade levels and discipline.


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