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Science Conversations for Young Learners

by: Julie Sander and Sara Nelson

What do you get when you add 20 kindergarten students and a student-led science discussion for the first time? Mass chaos! So, after taking some time to recover, the authors began to reflect on what they could change to help orchestrate quality science discussions in their kindergarten class. They wondered how they could empower young learners to partake in science discussions that would include participating, negotiating, taking turns, and listening to others. From these reflections, a “Science Conversation” plan was formed and implemented. They found that student-led discussions can begin in kindergarten. These young students are very capable… and they have a lot to say!


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2009Stock # sc09_046_06_43Volume 046Issue 06

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