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The Early Years: Young Questioners

by: Peggy Ashbrook

Children are often described as natural scientists and their curiosity as a basic human trait. They amaze adults with perceptive questions and extended explorations of the environment. Asking questions is part of the National Science Education Teaching Standards B and E, and Content Standard A, Science as Inquiry, for grades K-4. Because asking questions is central to inquiry and learning in general, science teachers are especially invested in having all their students use this process skill. A lesson is included with this article.


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2006Stock # sc06_044_01_20Volume 044Issue 01

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