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Martín, Natalia Martín; Hageman, Jennifer L.; Montgomery, Sarah E.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2019
This study presents a content analysis of 30 ecology-themed children's picture books published in English and Spanish from 1994 to the present. Books were analyzed for the following aspects: 1) Nature appreciation, 2) Interrelatedness of Nature, 3) Realistic ecology problem, 4) Differing perspectives, 5) Hope for a solution, 6) Reflection and…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Ecology
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Teske, Jolene K.; Clausen, Courtney K.; Parpucu, Harun; Gray, Phyllis; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2019
Arts integration into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas is currently an important area of investigation. This study developed a grounded theory of how artmaking of a mobile related to fossil life of the Devonian period engendered geoscience inquiry. Data were collected from elementary students entering fourth…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Students
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Ooms, Eric C.; Wu, Tabitha M.; Kokemuller, Ashley R.; Montgomery, Sarah E.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2018
This study explored the effect of arts integration into science during an instructional unit on force and motion and one addressing natural weather disasters. Seventy-eight elementary students in four classrooms (grade 5, grade 4, and two at grade 3) participated in the study. This study assessed content retention, student-made products…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Anderson, Andrea Earline; Meier, Jessica A. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2018
The integration of art into curricula focused on teaching science is a new perspective in education designed to reach a broader range of students. The current study examined the process of second-grade students participating in science and art activities through qualitative content analysis. The subjects of science and art were not taught to the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Grade 2, Civil Engineering
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Duban, Nil; Aydogdu, Bülent; Kolsuz, Selçuk – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2018
The main aim of the current research was to fill the absence of STEAM activities for primary school students in Turkey. Accordingly, a study in which STEAM activities were implemented was conducted with the primary school students. There were four activities during STEAM implementation. The activities were these: Students recognized circuit…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Curriculum Implementation, Elementary School Students
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McCoy-Parker, Kimberly S.; Paull, Lindsey N.; Rule, Audrey C.; Montgomery, Sarah E. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2017
Computer programming skills are important to many current careers; teaching robot coding to elementary students can start a positive foundation for technological careers, develop problem-solving skills, and growth mindsets. This study, through a repeated measures design involving students in two classrooms at two widely-separated grade levels…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 5, Programming
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Kress, Darcie K.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2017
Industry and authors of 21st Century Skill Frameworks are calling for student proficiency in creativity, problem-solving, innovation, collaboration, and communication skills. This project involved 13 fifth grade gifted students in inventing products for a specified audience with a set of given materials, time limit, and topic constraints. The…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Creativity, Student Developed Materials
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McCartney, Elizabeth; Mochal, Catherine; Boyd, Victoria; Montgomery, Sarah E. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2017
This study explores the integration of the arts into the teaching of science nonfiction texts during literacy instruction. Sixty-one elementary students (15 second graders, 25 third graders, and 21 fifth graders) attending schools of differing socio-economic levels participated in this study. The study examined the effects of arts-integration on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Nonfiction, Teaching Methods
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Anderson, Andrea E.; Meier, Jessica A. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This practical article presents activities that support previous research suggesting the integration of art with science is beneficial to the learning and cooperative processes of children. The project showcased here highlights the ability of elementary school children to collaborate with their peers for problem solving and critical thinking…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities, Science Education, Cooperative Learning
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Carignan, Anastasia; Hussain, Mahjabeen – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
In this practical arts-integrated science and engineering lesson, an inquiry-based approach was adopted to teach a class of fourth graders in a Midwest elementary school about the scientific concepts of plate tectonics and earthquakes. Lessons were prepared following the 5 E instructional model. Next Generation Science Standards (4-ESS3-2) and the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Engineering, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Gray, Phyllis; Rule, Audrey C.; Gentzsch, Anneliese; Tallakson, Denise A. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This practical article describes an arts-integrated project with engineering design and science concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards, art principles from the National Arts Standards, as well as ideas under the theme of "Culture" from the National Council for the Social Studies Standards. Preservice teachers in an…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Puppetry, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Atwood-Blaine, Dana; Rule, Audrey C.; Morgan, Hannah – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
In the lesson on which this practical article is based, third grade students constructed a "lift-the-flap" page to explore food webs on the prairie. The moveable papercraft focused student attention on prairie animals' external structures and how the inferred functions of those structures could support further inferences about the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Food, Natural Resources, Wildlife
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Anderson, Andrea E.; Zhbanova, Ksenia; Gray, Phyllis; Teske, Jolene K.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This practical article features an arts-integrated science unit on fossils of the Burgess Shale for fourteen elementary/middle school students at a weeklong summer day camp. The day camp had a theme of recycling, reduction and reuse; all of the fossil models had substantial recycled components to support this theme. Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities, Elementary School Students