What are the most important topics to teach our children about in science at sch

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  1. TFScientist profile image77
    TFScientistposted 9 years ago

    What are the most important topics to teach our children about in science at school?

  2. Lee Tea profile image83
    Lee Teaposted 9 years ago

    Generally speaking, the scientific method.  Teach them how to question, how to learn, how to take a question and get to an answer.  My 2nd grader loves digging in the dirt, so she gets "dig" kits often as presents...a chunk of dirt with something hidden inside.  Last time it was a complete plastic dinosaur skeleton, this time it's a rock and gem dig.  The kit comes with instructions on how to identify rocks (using luster, cleavage, hardness, etc.) and about how to use the scientific method to present projects at your school science fair.  Just awesome!

  3. Paul Kuehn profile image92
    Paul Kuehnposted 9 years ago

    The most important topic is using the scientific method to understand what is happening in the world.  Many kids think that just memorizing a lot of facts is important for science.  Although you must know the facts, you must know how to do experiments, think, and arrive at logical conclusions.  After this, I would expose students at the earliest age to the most basic physical chemistry and biochemistry topics.

  4. phriot profile image80
    phriotposted 9 years ago

    I'll have to echo the other posters and say that teaching the scientific method is important.  The scientific method trains and reinforces analytical thinking.  Furthermore, knowledge of the scientific method can help people, both as children and later as adults, evaluate reporting on scientific topics.  (For example, when they read something on "evolutionary theory" they'll know the definition of "theory" and won't immediately dismiss what's being presented as hearsay.)

    Beyond the scientific method, I think that the most important topics to teach children are those that relate to the world around them.  Basic astronomy and earth science can help children to understand seasons and weather.  Teaching macromolecules helps to inform them about nutrition.  Chemistry is good too, as it explains matter itself.  Also, learning about simple machines could be extremely useful.


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