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How can teachers use the science curriculum to develop critical and reflective thinking skills in young children?

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1. How can teachers use the science curriculum to develop critical and reflective thinking skills in young children?

a. Mapping or semantic webbing

The science curriculum needs to stress the cognitive processes of observing, ... The use of a pre-writing activity such as semantic webbing is one approach to do this. For exmaple, a semantic web visually represents concepts and their relationships in an organized schema. It is an aid to comprehending printed material in a more concrete way through the illustration of main ideas, supporting details, and their relationships in a reading selection. A semantic web consists of four basic components: (1) a core question asked by the teacher to stimulate and direct student discussion; (2) web strands consisting of the answers gleaned from the students' discussion; (3) strand supports, the facts or information in the selection that support the web strands; and (4) strand ties that indicate supporting details as well as inter-strand relationships. Among the steps teachers might ...

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