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it doesn't look like the Primary Connections link worked
try cutting and pasting the following:

http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/index.htm

posted by littlemspickles on July 25, 2006 at 5:58 AM | link to this | reply

Hi there,
This is an interesting blog and I will be taking notes! I'm not sure if you know, but I am an elementary school teacher. Here, in Australia they've been talking a lot about the lack of science being taught effectively in schools and how a lot is stemmed through in primary school at least, teachers not being confident in teaching science. I am currently involved in a project at the Federal Government level called Primary Connections: linking science with literacy - the website is www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/.

It's still being phased in but it looks promising.

I enjoy teaching science and linking to your hands on approach you discussed, one of my favourite science activities was one called Mouldy Sandwiches. I team taught with another teacher for this particular unit of work and we had about 50 students across grades 2 and 3 participate. Basically, the kids made a range of sandwiches which were put in ziplock bags and stapled to the wall in a central location so the kids could observe the mould growth everyday. In small groups they reflected on the types of mould and which breads got mouldier faster. I wrote about it here at blogit last year and have a couple of pictures of the mouldy sandwiches in that post as well if you'd like to visit - "T" is for Teacher

posted by littlemspickles on July 25, 2006 at 5:56 AM | link to this | reply

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