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“American Primary School” science course — cultivating children’s scientific thinking

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The United States has always regarded the training of high-tech talents as an important condition for promoting economic development and economic competition. Therefore, they attach great importance to children’s early education in scientific knowledge and exploration and research.

The science class in “American Primary School” is vibrant and is a practice of “moving seriously”. Usually American children will bring two large empty Coke bottles to cultivate small plants and animals; They will travel and investigate the Nashwa River collectively, classify the fishing organisms, and discuss the pollution degree and river health and safety… The same is true for futurex’s science class, learning knowledge in exploration and skills in practice.

Inspire exploration and cultivate children’s ability to observe and think

Why did Newton discover “universal gravitation” by observing the fall of an apple? Because such scientists are usually good at observing and thinking, so as to discover many strange natural phenomena and laws.

It seems that every child will observe, but observation is different from seeing, but to see what needs to be seen. Childish science classes not only exercise children’s observation sensitivity, but also cultivate children from how to observe the characteristics of a single object or phenomenon to how to observe the common characteristics of several phenomena, and finally how to make new connections between their own observation and existing observation experience.

For example, in the science class of learning season, the teacher first let the children look at a picture of the season and observe the state of animals and plants inside; Then, the teacher will ask the children to compare another seasonal map and observe the changes of animals and plants in different seasons; Finally, the teacher guides the children to correspond to different scenes, find the connection between different things, help the children understand the impact of seasonal changes on the ecosystem, naturally acquire scientific knowledge, and cultivate the children’s observation and thinking ability.

Classification and generalization teach children to look at problems from multiple angles and dimensions

Children like futurex science class very much, because there are always many interesting scenes closely related to life in the class, interact with courseware and feel the fun of exploratory learning.

Through observation, children find that everything has its own characteristics, but at this time, children’s thinking is still one-way thinking. When learning the knowledge of animal habits, children try to verify their own observation and summarize the common characteristics of different animals. Teachers take children to discover the commonalities of different animals, classify different kinds of animals, and help children establish classification and generalization thinking.

For example, those with wings are one kind; 4-legged is a class; Two legged is a class, etc. Of course, some children will boldly imagine, innovate classification standards, and be encouraged by teachers. Over time, children’s ability to think independently, classify and summarize can be established.

Bold conjectures cultivate children’s ability to predict the unknown

A few years ago, no one knew that a large ship could float on the water, and no one knew that a plane with wings could invite visitors to the blue sky. Science originated from conjecture. In science class, children were encouraged to guess and think creatively.

For example, combined with the scenes in the courseware, the children understand the impact of different temperatures and climates on animals, and thus learn to make bold guesses and predictions according to the changes of the surrounding environment. The teacher said, “this is summer!” and some children said, “no, this is winter!” they would predict that winter is so hot at the equator. When they see penguins, the children predict that they can survive as long as they use air conditioning to provide them with a low temperature environment. In the seemingly boundless conjectures and predictions, children not only increased their knowledge and interest, but also took the first step to become scientists.