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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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Smith, Brandy A.; Cline, Jane E. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This study considered how arts integration impacted preschoolers concerning the students' acquisition, understanding, and retention of information about animal habitats. This current investigation used control and experimental conditions to determine the effects of art integration during students' block building of animal habitats and their…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Animals, Wildlife, Art Activities
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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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Stoycheva, Dessy; Perkins, Leann – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
This research paper explores art integration into a science lesson unit that follows the Next Generation Science Standards (K-PS2-1) and focuses on the effects on memory retention of key concepts along with levels of enjoyment. An experiment was conducted with children ages 3 and 4 teaching scientific concepts about gears while incorporating…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Scientific Concepts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities
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Cline, Jane E.; Smith, Brandy A. – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
The inclusion of activities to develop sensory awareness, spatial thinking, and physical dexterity, operationalized through hands-on science lessons such as water play, have long been part of early childhood education. This practical article addresses Next Generation Science Standards K-2 ETS1-3 and K-2 ETS1-2 by having four-year-old…
Descriptors: Water, Play, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Betts, Crystal M.; Pattee, Allison – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
Arts integration has shown to enhance student comprehension, retention, and engagement, while connecting to rich science content. The integration of the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Arts Standards into a first grade lesson illustrated how the arts enhanced the students' understandings of the sun's apparent motion during the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities, Motion
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Smith, Latisha L.; Samarakoon, Deepanee – Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2016
Research evidence for the benefits of arts integration is mounting. The purpose of this study was to determine if integration of the arts was an effective strategy for teaching the water cycle to kindergarten students. The study included lessons that supported both a science and an engineering standard of the Next Generation Science Standards and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Water, Science Instruction, Art Activities
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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