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- September/October, 1996
- Vol.10 Num.1, Back issues available
- Focus: Community Based Projects
- The community outside the schoolyard offers tremendous opportunities for investigation. The teachers writing for this issue have helped students develop skills to investigate their world, discuss issues, make decisions, work cooperatively with others and explore and clarify values and attitudes. In the process of doing this work, students can learn about being citizens, gain a sense of empowerment and begin to understand the workings of the community, the larger society and the environment around them.
- November/December, 1996
- Vol.10 Num.2, Back issues available
- Focus: Light
- In the midst of the electromagnetic spectrum is the tiny band of waves that create light which is visible to humans. That light makes life possible and it makes a wonderful topic for study. In this issue, read about teachers own learning and their subsequent work with students. Light is a topic that allows for inquiry and the development of valuable problem solving skills. Here, we can see how this works, and we can see what a challenge it is for teachers and students.
- January/February, 1996
- Vol.9 Num.3, Back issues available
- Focus: Mass, Volume and Density
- How do teachers approach these topics? And how do students? In this issue, teachers report on what happens when students from kindergarten to middle school explore mass, volume and density. You will read about instructional techniques, hands-on resources and effective assessment strategies. While the concept of density dates back to Archimedes, and knowledge of mass and volume are far older, the teaching ideas in this issue are modern, enjoyable and ready to implement.
- March/April, 1996
- Vol.9 Num.4, Back issues available
- Focus: Herbs
- Growing, observing and researching herbs can lead students towards topics of history, cultivation, plant identification, chemistry, adaptation of plants, cooking and measurement. Teachers writing in this issue have developed interdisciplinary curricula around herbs, and they have used tham as a focal point for mathematical studies and for sharing knowledge and comparing experiences with classrooms across the country. Read on to find remarkable work done by students of many ages, some of whom struggle to meet the challenges of schooling.
- May/June, 1996
- Vol.9 Num.5, Back issues available
- Focus: Flight
- Poets, engineers and children have been fascinated by the idea and reality of flight. In this issue, teachers, report on classroom and field work from building a grocery bag kite to getting whole classes airborne. Physical science becomes accessible throuh this extensive topic which provides many options for involving the full range of K-8 students in challenging questions and inquiry.