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Jones, Julie P.; Tiller, Margaret – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2017
Concrete, Representational, Abstract (CRA) instruction is a process for teaching and learning mathematical concepts. Starting with manipulation of concrete materials (counters, beans, Unifix cubes), the process moves students to the representational level (tallies, dots, stamps), and peaks at the abstract level, at which numbers and symbols are…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Manipulative Materials
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Campbell, Ashley; Williams, Judy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
This article describes a semester-long project developed by the authors to create a positive connection between children and nature. The project integrated reading instruction with science activities to emphasize the natural world in the lives of children. This intervention involved the authors visiting an elementary classroom five times over the…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Reading Instruction, Science Activities, Intervention
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Hall, Anna H.; Axelrod, Ysaaca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2014
Although it is evident that advocacy for strong school and family relationships exists, many teachers and schools struggle to find ways to engage families in their classrooms. At the same time, research on families from diverse cultural and linguistic groups points to differences in perceptions of what it means to be involved, support…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Family School Relationship, Literacy Education, Writing Skills
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Alanis, Iliana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2011
Early education programs in the United States are experiencing an increase in the number of English learners and, consequently, an increase in dual-language programs that best serve the needs of these children. Dual-language programs enable children to communicate orally and in written forms in both their native languages and in English. This…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Tyler, Vernelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes recent reductions or elimination of recess at the elementary school level. Discusses the benefits of recess for children's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Argues that recess has educational and social values and should not be eliminated from the school day. (KB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Outdoor Activities, Play
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Starnes, Lisa B.; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses field trip preparation involving identifying places to visit, communicating with contacts at the sites, enlisting the help of parents, preparing parents, preparing students, and planning follow-up activities. (SW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Enrichment Activities
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Mills, Heidi; Clyde, Jean Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
The story of a six-year-old boy's use of language, art, and mathematics is used to describe a mathematics literacy curriculum. Educators' current views about mathematical literacy are briefly discussed. (BB)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Case Studies, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Glanville, Liana – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes the Environmental Buddies program designed to pair fourth-grade (mentors) and kindergarten (proteges) children to work on science investigations centered around ecological themes. Details program components, including the following: investigations that interest and challenge both ages, careful student pairing, emphasis on mutual benefits…
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education
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Bullock, Janis R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Describes the ways in which primary grade science teachers can use hands-on scientific activities to answer children's questions about science. In such activities, children discover and experiment with materials and objects to understand scientific ideas and processes. Suggests that teachers should encourage children's curiosity. (BB)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Electricity, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Graves, Donald H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Describes how teachers can invite children into literacy and writing by the practice of writing with the children themselves, thus showing children how they themselves learned to write and how to learn from making mistakes. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Emergent Literacy, Interviews
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Clyde, Jean Anne; Mills, Heidi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Illustrates one seven-year-old boy's understanding of mathematical relationships through drawings of his favorite "superheroes." Also illustrates how he conveyed the qualities of his heroes by weaving together the three symbol systems of language, art, and mathematics. (BB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Freehand Drawing
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Artell, Mike – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Discusses the techniques used by an author and illustrator of children's books in visits to elementary school classrooms. The techniques use humor in the form of words that have great sounds but do not necessarily mean anything to encourage children to write and illustrate their work. (BB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Freehand Drawing
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Clyde, Jean Anne; Mills, Heidi – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Describes a seven-year-old boy's activity of drawing pictures of his favorite sport of basketball. The boy's drawing involved the use of proportional reasoning, which requires an understanding of how relationships between objects vary systematically. (BB)
Descriptors: Basketball, Childrens Art, Concept Formation, Elementary School Students
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Mills, Heidi; Clyde, Jean Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Profiles a very perceptive teacher of transition and first grade classes and three of his insightful students. The profile illustrates how mathematics is embedded in the activities of everyday life, including playground activities, and how teachers can help young children learn to think as mathematicians think. (BB)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Experiential Learning
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Wilson, Stephan M.; Wilson, Jeannette D. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Discusses parents' responses to open-ended questions about changes in early elementary programs initiated by the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Changes include ungraded primary programs and student progress reports to parents. (BB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary School Students
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