Connect Issues information
- January, 1991
- Vol.4 Num.4
- Focus: Water
- More precious than oil, this my be the world's greatest resource, yet we ignore it often and abuse it frequently. Beneath its surface, on the surface and in the atmosphere, earth holds about 320 million cubic miles of water. Of this, 97% is ocean salt wter and more than 2% is locked in polar icecaps. Only 1% is in lakes, steams and groundwater.
There is much exciting work being done with water studies in schools. This issue includes articles on flash floods in sand tables, water conservation, pond studies and a real Paddle to the Sea.
- February, 1991
- Vol.4 Num.5
- Focus: Writing, Science & Math
- The written word, a means of communication throughout much of the world, needs to be an integral part of elementary and middle school science and math. Students who write about their own investigations and problem solving make the experience personal and increase their abilities to communicate - at all ages. This issue of Connect explores a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches.
- March, 1991
- Vol.4 Num.6
- Focus: Design Technology
- This term "problem solving" appears over and over in stories about education today. If students need to develop a process of their own for solving problems, a wonderful way to this is through design and construction of their own inventions. Elementary and middle schools are crowded with inventors, both girls and boys, ready to go to work.
This issue reveals a number of ways for teachers to encourage these skills and to develop problem solving strategies in the process.
- April, 1991
- Vol.4 Num.7
- Focus: Food and Food Chains
- Growing, preparing and cooking food, as well as shopping for it, provide excellent opportunities for building math and science skills. You will find ideas here that call for simple, readily available materials. Authors suggest interdisciplinary approaches for many grade levels that are creative and manageable both in the classroom and outside.
With every living thing involved in an ecosystem and food chains, students need immediate, personal ways to see both the small and large scale implications of natural systems and modern agriculture.
- May/June, 1991
- Vol.4 Num.8
- Focus: Sound
- From the roar of a subway train or a boombox to the rumble of a large waterfall or the scratching of two leaves being blown aainst each other, sounds surround us.
The "laboratory" for studying sound is close at hand. The physical science aspects of sound are intriguing and valuable to learn. Sound is also a topic that leads easily to interdisciplinary work through writing, poetry, math, music and social studies.
- September, 1991
- Vol.5 Num.1
- Focus: Anatomy
- What does, "form follows function" mean? How can students grasp the reasons for similarities and differences among animal and plant species? Connect explores ways students of many ages can discover how an organism is designed to function in its own habitat. Problem solving and experiential learning come together in this interdisciplinary focus topic.