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New curriculum guide explores science with NIE activities
"Cereal Bowl Science and Other Investigations With the Newspaper," a new NIE curriculum for upper elementary and middle-school students, is now available from the NAA Foundation.
Whether students realize it or not, they loosely apply the scientific method throughout a typical school day. From the simple act of transferring force from their hands to close a door (Newton's third law) to empowering fluid dynamics to send water through pipes to wet a toothbrush or rinse soapy hands, students benefit from scientific exploration.
Download this free guide here:
http://www.naafoundation.org/Curriculum/NIE.aspx (third item from the top)
Created by Anne Coburn-Griffis of The Lima (Ohio) News, "Cereal Bowl Science" invites teachers and parents to help students look more closely at the science behind everyday activities.
The material is divided into five modules that open with commonplace activities experienced during a school day. Each activity includes an activity that employs the scientific method steps of investigation: observe, predict, experiment, find a solution and communicate results.
The five modules are: Cereal Story (everyday physical science); Fog Delay (everyday earth science); Eye Spy (everyday life science); Tech Trek (everyday science and technology); and Get Reading, Get Recycling ... GROW! (environmental science and personal social perspective enhancement).
Each module primarily meets one branch of science taught in U.S. primary and secondary schools. Branches covered are physical science, including chemistry; earth science; science and technology; life science; and personal and social perspectives. Links to national education standards preface each module.
Three NIE lessons follow each experiment. They can be accomplished with either a print or a digital (electronic edition, website) newspaper. Each module includes a glossary of terms.
We hope your NIE teachers, parents and students will enjoy these newspaper-based science activities.
Oct 06 2010, 04:44 PM
About Marina Hendricks
Marina Hendricks is manager of the NAA Foundation. She manages Newspaper In Education, youth content and scholastic journalism programs, oversees the development of print and online products, and coordinates the NAA Foundation Web site, www.naafoundation.org. Before joining the Foundation, Marina was a features writer and the teen editor at The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Marshall University.