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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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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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Weber, Carolyn A.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2017
Curricular demands and best practices for middle school require interdisciplinary units. Arts integration can provide motivation and a new pathway to learning. This unit focused on inquiry into the natural history of artifacts and rocks recovered from the exposed subsoil of an area near Cedar Falls, Iowa that had been bulldozed as part of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Preservice Teacher Education
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Gray, Phyllis; Rule, Audrey C.; Kirkland Holmes, Gloria; Logan, Stephanie R.; Alert, Andrea L.; Mason, Cynthia A. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This study examined the self-efficacy in science, art, dance, and music; attitudes concerning contributions of people of various ethnic/cultural groups; and science learning of students involved in an after-school arts-integrated science enrichment project. Students dramatized three traditional animal legends from African, Native American, and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Enrichment Activities
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Samarakoon, Deepanee; Smith, Latisha L. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
In this practical article, a kindergarten teacher shares a lesson designed to teach students about the power of wind. To address the Next Generation Science Standards engineering standards, students discussed the negative and positive aspects of wind and made daily weather observations (K-ESS2-1). Students constructed bird-shaped windsocks, called…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Elementary School Science, Weather, Art Activities
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Olsen, Benjamin D.; Rule, Audrey C. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
Science inquiry has been found to be effective with students from diverse backgrounds and varied academic abilities. This study compared student learning, enjoyment, motivation, perceived understanding, and creativity during a science unit on Models and Designs for 38 sixth grade students (20 male, 18 female; 1 Black, 1 Hispanic and 36 White). The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Teske, Jolene K.; Pittman, Phoebe J. Z. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
Arts integration into science has been shown to motivate students and promote long-term retention of content. To add to the literature addressing arts integration, an experiment was conducted with middle school students studying the anatomical similarities and differences between modern and fossil marine invertebrates and different types of extant…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Middle School Students, STEM Education, Art Education