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Big Science for Growing Minds

Constructivist Classrooms for Young Thinkers

Jacqueline Grennon Brooks Sharon Ryan

192 pages
Teachers College Press
Strong evidence from recent brain research shows that the intentional teaching of science is crucial in early childhood. Big Science for Growing Minds describes a groundbreaking curriculum that invites readers to rethink science education through a set of unifying concepts or “big ideas.” Using an integrated learning approach, the author shows teachers how to use readily available, low-cost items to create a safe classroom setting that fosters hands-on learning and exploration of real-life problems. The text includes classroom activities that connect science learning to mathematics, technology, art, and literacy. Book Features: Shows teachers how to address fundamental biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science concepts using easy-to-find materials. Describes constructivist learning environments that are informed by emerging data on brain development. Includes guidance for adopting approaches and instructional strategies consistent with NSTA, NSES, and NAEYC guidelines.
Author Bio
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks is professor of science education in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.