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je ffersonco unty publi c schools 101 simple ways to help your child with science jefferson county public schools 1 www.jcpsky.net equal opportunity/affirmative action employer offering equal educational opportunities

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jcps students concoct clever contraptions crosby middle school holds an annual invention convention that fires students imagination and stimulates their critical-thinking skills says science teacher brian dunkley here are just a few examples of inventions that have been featured at the convention · theautomaticdogscratcherusesamotorandarmfroma windshield wiper to help you scratch your pet · thecrowdpleaserisaportable,collapsiblestepthatletsyou see over taller people at parades · therecyclingshootisachutethatmakesiteasytofilloutside recycling bins from inside the house · thelevitatorisarisingplatformthathelpsyougetallofyour stuff up to the top of your bunk bed · thehands-freeumbrellacoatkeepsyoudrywhileyoucarry your stuff in the rain · thebabywagonisamobilecribwithashelfunderneath · theside-winderisaturningplatformthatmakesiteasytoput kids in car seats · thesani-clipisareusablecoveringforshoppingcarthandles · slipnomoresarestylishstrapsthatkeepyoursocksfrom slipping into your shoes · sweetpeasarescenteddiapersavailableinarangeofaromas including apple pineapple and cotton candy thejeffersoncountypublicschoolscommunicationsandpublications department acknowledges the help of district teachers and science specialists in preparing this booklet.

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contents jeffersoncountypublicschools 101 simple ways to help your child with science preschool 4 elementary school 7 middle school 11 high school 15 familysciencefun 19 onlinescienceresources 21 thejcpsmath and science initiative 23 jefferson county public schools 3

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preschool use the following tips to help your preschooler understand that science can be a fun way to explore the world playwithblocks,andputpuzzlestogetherwith your child lookfortoddlerbooksonsimplesciencetopicsat the public library or at a bookstore teachyourchildabitofsimplebiologyby talking about how food and fitness keep our bodies strong talktoyourchildabouthealth-relatedscience topicswhenyouvisitthepediatrician.forexample whenyoutakeyourchildforanimmunization,talk about how it will protect him or her from disease tsusin talkaboutthewaysinwhichsciencebeneficlean our daily lives by providing electricity and water for example help your child learn the names of such shapes as squares,circles,andtriangles.pointouttoysand other items in your home that have these shapes helping your child learn science a publicationoftheu.s.departmentofeducation office of communications and outreach washington,d.c 2005offersthefollowingsug gestions · seehowlongittakesforadandelionorarose to burst into full bloom 4 help your child with science fun science fact a purring cat is usually a happy cat but cats also purr when they re injured some scientists believe that the purr with its low-frequency vibrations may sometimes function as a natural healing mechanism.

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·watchthemoonasitappearstochangeshape over the course of a month and record the changes ·lookforconstellationsinthenightsky ·bakeacake ·solvetheproblemofadroopingplant ·takeapartanoldclockormechanicaltoy you don t need to put it back together ·watchiciclesmelt ·observepigeons,squirrels,butterflies,ants,or spider webs ·goforawalkandtalkabouthowthedogsor birdsorcatsthatyouseearealikeanddifferent ·discoverwhatmaterialsthebuildingsinyour communityaremadeof.wood?concrete adobe?brick?granite?sandstone?steel glass?talkaboutthereasonsforusingthese materials theyearbeforeyourchildisreadytostartkinder garten,explorethemath/science/technology mstmagnetprogramsthatareavailableto jeffersoncountypublicschooljcpselementary students.theseprogramsareofferedatthree schools · brandeiselementary,2817westkentucky street 485-8214 jefferson county public schools 5

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· wheatleyelementary,1107south17thstreet 485-8348offersamath/science/technology andhumanitiesprogram · youngelementary,3526westmuhammadali boulevard 485-8354offerstheglobalinstitute forscience,math,andtechnology theapplicationperiodforelementarymagnetprograms isthemonthoffebruary.jcpsprovidestransportation for most district students accepted into a magnetprogramregardlessofwheretheylive.formore information,contactoneoftheschoolsorcallthejcps optional,magnet,andadvanceprogramsofficeat 485-3323 6 help your child with science

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elementary school science education is cumulative students learn new things by building on knowledge they already have that s why it s important for children to start learning science early use the following tips to supplement the lessons your child receives in the classroom and to help him or her build a solid foundation of science knowledge giveyourchildamagnifyingglasstohelphimorher observe things closely talkaboutsciencewhenyouvisitthelouisvillezoo discuss the nutritional value of food at the grocery talkaboutsciencewhenyourchildaskssuch questionsas whyistheskyblue and whyisgrass green ifyoudon tknowtheanswertoaquestion,say let s find out together and look up the answer online or at a public library modules usedatalljeffersoncountypublic elementary and middle schools enable students to experiment read write and share their findings as they study a science topic in depth elementary school topics range from relationships in the foodchain to components of an electrical circuit askyourchildtotellyouaboutthesciencemodule that he or she is studying in the classroom science jefferson county public schools 7

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serious science fact in the workforce about 29 percent of science and engineering degree holders are 50 years old or older jcpsstudentsusesciencenotebooksjustlike professionalresearchscientistsdo askyourchildto show you his or her notebook and to explain what he orsheisdoinginscience suggestsjcpsscience teacher charlotte ivey that parents use the ivey also suggests talking to their child snotebook as a starting point for teacher about specific lessons and about their child s overall scienceskills.lettheteacherknowyouarewillingto work with your child and to promote science at home ·askaquestion ·makeapredictionabouttheanswer ·gatherinformationtoseeifyourpredictionwas correct ·analyzeandinterprettheinformation ·comeupwithnewquestions focusondevelopingyourchild sscientificskills observing,classifying,predicting,andquantifying sayscienceeducationexpertsdavidhauryandlinda milbourne in the eric review talktoyourchildaboutthescientificprocess.here sa simplified version explore the neighborhood grocery store local park orfirestation hauryandmilbournesuggest for instance,youcouldask whatshapesdoyousee inthatspiderweb todrawyourchild sattentionto small details askyourchildopen-endedquestionsthatrequire close attention and stimulate imagination as you 8 help your child with science

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fun science fact a baseball player has about one-tenth of a second to decide whether to swing at a 90 mile-per-hour fastball encourage your child s interest in things in which he orsheislikelytolearnabitofscience.for instance if your child likes elephants help him or her findbooks,websites,andnewspaperandmagazine articles about elephants talktoyourchildaboutthescienceinscience-fiction movies,books,andtvprograms to be positive aabout learning science it s easy saying undermine child s interest and attitudes by things such as `i was lousy in science and i ve done ok or`ialwayshatedsciencewheniwasinschool it s boring says helping your child learn science a bookletpublishedbytheu.s.departmentofeduca tion althoughyoucan tmakeyourchildlikescience,the booklet says you can encourage him or her to do so and you can help him or her appreciate its value both in everyday life and in preparing for the future encourageyourchildtojointhestudenttechnology leadershipprogramstlpathisorherschool.stlp is a statewide project-based program that empowers studentstousetechnologytolearnandachieve.for more information talk to your child s teacher encourage your child to join science and other related clubsathisorherschool.forinstance,manyjeffer son county public elementary schools offer a mad science club volunteertohelpwithscienceactivitiesinyourchild s classroom.volunteeringspecificallyfortheseactivities will show your child that you think science is important jefferson county public schools 9

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encourageyourchildtoreadsuchmagazinesas ranger rick and national geographic for kids takeyourchildtoanybranchofthelouisvillefree publiclibrarytoexploresciencebooks,magazines andotherresources.alljcpsstudentsreceivea studentpower+pluslibrarycardthatprovides access to a full range of services including use of the library s computers getabookfromalibraryorabookstorethatexplains funscienceexperimentsthatyoucandoathome.let your child take charge in giving directions and handling materials show your child the homework help and science resourcesthatareavailablethroughthejcpsweb site on the homepage www.jcpsky.net clickthe students link select elementary school and then click homework help or practice your skills theyearbeforeyourchildisreadytostartsixth grade,explorethemath/science/technologymst magnetprogramsthatareavailabletojcpsmiddle schoolstudents.mstprogramsareofferedatthree schools ·farnsley,3400leeslane,485-8242 ·meyzeek,828southjacksonstreet,485-8299 ·newburg,4901exeteravenue,485-8306 students are assigned to one of these schools based on theirhomeaddress.theapplicationperiodformiddle school magnet programs is held during the months of novemberanddecember.jcpsprovidestransportation for most district students accepted into a magnet program.formoreinformation,contactoneoftheschoolsor callthejcpsoptional,magnet,andadvanceprograms office at 485-3323 10 help your child with science

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middle school students in jefferson county public schools are taught inquiry-based science which means that instead of just reading textbooks students use methods that are similar to the methods scientists use when they conduct research we put tools and materials in kids hands to get them acting like scientists says charlotte ivey jefferson county public schools jcps science resource teacher use the following tips to help your middle schooler develop solid science skills modules usedatalljeffersoncountypublic elementary and middle schools are lesson kits that enable students to investigate experiment read write and share their findings as they study a topic in depth middle school topics range from cell structure to forces and their effect on motion jcpsstudentsusesciencenotebooksjustlike professionalresearchscientistsdo askyourchild to show you the notebook and to explain what he orsheisdoinginscience suggestsjcpsscience teachercharlotteivey askyourchildtoexplain what he or she learned from the investigations in the notebook that parents use the ivey also suggests talking to their child s notebook as a starting point for teacher about specific lessons and about their child s overall science skills askyourchildaboutthesciencemodulethathis or her teacher is using in the classroom science whatyousaytoyourchildisimportant pointout scienceeducationexpertsdavidhauryandlinda milbourne in the eric review forinstance,if you say `i never liked science in school or `i got jefferson county public schools 11

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my worst grades in science you reinforce the idea that science classes are boring or difficult or worse that poor performance in science is acceptable however if you say `i wish i could do that experiment with you or `i m so glad that you are having opportunities that i missed you will open doors for your child letyourchild sscienceteacherknowyouarewilling to work with your child and to promote science at home ordon tremembersomeofthedefinitions.lookthem up with your child child s science discuss unfamiliar words in youradmit you don t know assignments don t be afraid to askyourchildtohelpyoucook.akitchenisalab-like environment that can teach children to follow procedures to measure materials and to work safely cooking also helps children begin to understand how substances interact when they re combined encourageyourchildtojointhestudenttechnology leadershipprogramstlpathisorherschool.stlp is a statewide project-based program that empowers studentstousetechnologytolearnandachieve.for more information talk to your child s teacher encourage your child to join science and other related clubsathisorherschool.forexample,yourchild s schoolmightofferanastronomycluboranenviron mental club challenge your child to invent something simple that wouldbeusefularoundthehouse whenifirsttell students they re going to invent something they don t 12 help your child with science

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think they can do it says science teacher brian dunkley who spearheads the annual invention conventionatcrosbymiddle whentheyrealizethey can invent something they start getting excited about their ideas youmayneedtoworkextrahardtokeepyourdaugh ter interested in science studies show that young girls enjoy math science and technology as much as boys do but by the time they become eighth graders twice as many boys as girls are interested in the idea of pursuing careers in science math or engineering encourageyourdaughtertovisitthegirlsgotech websitewww.girlsgotech.org sponsoredbythe girlscoutsofamerica,thesiteoffersmath,science and technology information and games girlsgotechalsooffersabrochureforparents,which includes suggestions for activities and experiments that you can do with your child at home otherwebsitesfocusedongettingmoregirlsinter estedinsciencearegirlsarei.t www.girlsareit .organdexpandingyourhorizonswww .expandingyourhorizons.org help their children understand that it s important to ·observecarefully ·recordaccurately ·trytolookforpatternsinanobjective,unbiased way ·sharetheirobservationsorresultshonestlyand in a way that allows others to test what they ve said talktoyourchildaboutscientificintegrity.according to helping your child learn science parents should jefferson county public schools 13

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·realizethattheymightmakemistakes ·respectcuriosity ·stayopentocriticismandchange takeyourchildtoanybranchofthelouisvillefree publiclibrarytoexploresciencebooksandmaga zinesandtousehisorherstudentpower+plus librarycard.everyjcpsstudentreceivesone show your child the homework help and other scienceresourcesavailablethroughthejcpsweb site on the homepage www.jcpsky.net clickthe students link select middle school and then click homework help or practice your skills theyearbeforeyourchildisreadytostartninth grade,explorethemath/science/technologymst magnetprogramsthatareavailabletojcpshigh schoolstudents.mstprogramsareofferedatthree schools ·dupontmanualhigh,120westleestreet 485-8241 ·senecahighschoolmagnetcareeracademy 3510goldsmithlane,485-8724 offers a mathematics/science/technologycomponent withinitsliberalartsmagnetprogram ·westernmstmagnethigh,2501rockfordlane 485-8344 theapplicationperiodforhighschoolmagnetprograms isheldduringthemonthsofnovemberanddecember jcpsprovidestransportationformostdistrictstudents acceptedintoamagnetprogram.formoreinformation contactoneoftheschoolsorcallthejcpsoptional magnet,andadvanceprogramsofficeat485-3323 14 help your child with science fun science fact males and females sometimes use different areas of the brain to do the same tasks for example boys and girls tend to use different areas to learn some parts of grammar.

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high school keep your child interested in science as he or she gets older says melissa payne a teacher at jeffersontown high school magnet career academy and a winner of the presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching young students take to science experiments because experiments are such hands-on and `minds-on experiences payne says youngsters always are ready to manipulate materials to find out the answers for themselves without the fear of being wrong unfortunately as students get older they often lose some of their natural curiosity and just want to be told the answers parents should encourage their children to continue to explore science as they get older so they ll continue asking questions and finding answers weeks,youmightwanttoask whatareyou learninginsciencenow youcanencourageyourteensimplybyshowing an interest in his or her science work every few studying a concept if your teen isyou ask himscienceto explainthat sdepth unfamiliar to or her it in takingtheteacherrolehelpsstudentsclarifytheir thinking and reinforces classroom lessons encourage your teen to study the science behind asport suggestsjeffreywright,alouisvillemale high physics teacher pointoutthatscienceevencouldhelpyourchild becomeabetterplayer wrightsays forinstance a swimmer could learn how to lower his or her resis tanceinthepool.abaseballplayercouldlearnhowto get more momentum behind the bat jefferson county public schools 15

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