One day I discovered that my 7-year old son could grasp Atomic Theory!
Intrigued, I visited my son’s class in Brisbane, and discovered that his mates also got it.
Your sons, daughters, and primary students can get it too, transforming their science understanding. (… more)
I knew this because I’d been teaching Chemistry and Physics for 28 years, and could spot scientific understanding when I saw it. Intrigued, I visited my son’s class at Ithaca Creek State School in Brisbane, and discovered that his mates also got it. Indeed, many of them were already au fait with Atomic Theory, having picked up pieces of information on TV, magazines, and even in the playground.
But not in the classroom– because we educators have assumed that they can’t get it. I then envisaged that primary schools might harness our young people’s untapped intelligence and enthusiasm by introducing modern science to them much earlier. After all, the Periodic Table is a kind of alphabet, so it’s best taught young. And just like the letters of the alphabet can build words and stories, the symbols of the Periodic Table can build chemical formulas and the whole world!
With click-by-click PowerPoint lessons:
PowerPoint presentations enable primary teachers and parents to teach their students through a guided lesson complete with text, images, videos and activities. It’s like teaching auto-pilot, which is great for beginner teachers who don’t have a science background. Teacher background information, as well as the answers to questions are also provided to put you in complete control of your lesson.
Making H2O molecules
Year 1 students learn how to build
molecules with magnetic models
Years 3 and 4 students understand high
school physics and chemistry
Class enthusiasm is palpable
Sorting beads as atoms
Drawing atoms as dots
With innovative hands-on resources:
Kit of real elements with scales
5 real elements in hand
Airzooka shows air is matter
For testing conductivity
Element strip (free)
Lets students see plant cells
StickyAtom models join atoms together magnetically to form molecules.
Methane cooks food
and fuels cars
Students learn the key molecules of life.
The breathe in oxygen.
And breathe out carbon dioxide.
States of Matter
Protons, electrons and neutrons
Dr Donovan’s and Dr Haeusler’s research papers
Haeusler, C. & Donovan, J. (2017). Challenging the science curriculum paradigm: Teaching primary children atomic-molecular theory. Research in Science Education. doi 10.1007/s11165-017-9679-2 (winner of publication award, 2018)
Donovan, J., & Haeusler, C. (2015). Developing scientific literacy: Introducing primary aged children to atomic-molecular theory. In E. de Silva (Ed.), Cases on research-based teaching methods in science education. (pp. 30-63). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Donovan, J., Haeusler, C., & Venville, G. (2015) Making meaning with models. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 2(2), available at http://www.virginiaresearchinstitute.org/international-journal-of-multidisciplinary-research-journal-papers/
Further research is under way and the data and analysis is currently undergoing publication.