OBP - February 2023

Inquiry at Play

by: Peggy Ashbrook

In this chapter, the objective of the activity “A Scientist Visits” is to introduce a scientist (through a classroom visit from a real scientist or by the teacher dressing as a historical or living scientist), to learn science content about a topic, and to relate classroom science inquiry to the work of actual scientists. Chapters 1 and 2 are also included in this book selection. Chapter 1 focuses on science inquiry and the use of “The Early Years” column to support science and engineering learning. Chapter 2 focuses on assessment and the value of assessing children’s learning to understand how to make teaching more effective. It has an example of an assessment tool showing sequences of children’s science behavior in early childhood, with related scientific and engineering practices. A materials list, teacher background information, references, assessment, and outcomes are provided. Also included in the book selection are the Table of Contents, Acknowledgments, Introduction, A Word About Safety, and Index.

Grade Levels

Early Childhood Elementary


Inquiry Kindergarten Pre-K Science and Engineering Practices


Type Book ChapterPub Date 4/1/2016Pages 78Stock # PB407X_38

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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