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Smith, Mandy McCormick; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Science and Children, 2014
Children naturally delight in the sounds created with their bodies, including their own shrieks and shrills. On the playground and in the classroom, young children fill the air with stories, mimicked animal and car sounds, word games, and songs. Babies are aware of their basic cries of hunger and more developed babbling. Ears and brains constantly…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Acoustics
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Miller, Heather; Smith, Mandy McCormick; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Science and Children, 2014
Teaching students to make daily weather observations is one way educators assist them as they learn to dress appropriately. In addition, it provides a natural and developmentally appropriate link between science and other curriculum areas, such as literacy and language development. The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Weather, Kindergarten, Elementary School Science
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Mollohan, Katherine N; Smith, Mandy McCormick – Science and Children, 2013
A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012) includes inheritance as a core idea within the life science framework. For example, life science core idea 3A states that by the end of second grade, children's knowledge should include the ability to recognize and investigate physical differences and similarities among the same kind of…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Elementary School Science, Biological Sciences, Biology
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Hilson, Margilee P. – Science and Children, 2012
A bunny rabbit playfully hops across the wall. Then hands realign and fingers shift to make a hawk soar toward the ceiling. Most children have enjoyed the delightful experience of playing with shadow puppets. The authors build on this natural curiosity to help students link shadows to complex astronomical concepts such as seasons. The…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Science Instruction, Grade 4, Elementary School Science
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Hobson, Sally – Science and Children, 2011
Introducing science inquiry early in young children's education is imperative, and providing opportunities for conducting investigations that develop process skills can lay a foundation for later learning. Combining inquiry-based instruction with appropriate technology allows the students to explore, reason, test, and revise their ideas about…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Science Process Skills, Appropriate Technology, Inquiry
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Smith, Mandy McCormick – Science and Children, 2011
Some of children's earliest explorations focus on movement of their own bodies. Quickly, children learn to further explore movement by using objects like a ball or car. They recognize that a ball moves differently than a pushed block. As they grow, children enjoy their experiences with motion and movement, including making objects move, changing…
Descriptors: Young Children, Developmental Stages, Motion, Human Body
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Sackes, Mesut – Science and Children, 2010
It is important to help young children make connections between events in their lives and science concepts in preschool classrooms, so introducing basic meteorology ideas offer a great opportunity to make weather connections and awaken scientific curiosity (Spiropoulou, Kostopoulos, and Jacovides 1999). Therefore, this article presents a science…
Descriptors: Meteorology, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Observation
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Sackes, Mesut – Science and Children, 2008
The "National Science Education Standards (NSES)" state that students in grades K-4 are expected to understand that astronomical objects in the sky, including the Sun, Moon, and stars--have properties, locations, and patterns of movement that can be observed and described. They further suggest using an inquiry-based approach to teach…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Astronomy, Science Activities, Elementary School Students
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Willmore, Sandra; Smith, Walter S. – Science and Children, 2006
What Australia, Alaska, Qatar, Indiana, and Ohio have in common is the authentic writing More Observations Of Nature (MOON) project. In this unique project, teachers from these disparate geographic locations teamed up to instruct children in grades four through eight via the internet on a nearly universally challenging subject for teachers in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Troland, Thomas H. – Science and Children, 2005
The Moon's cycle of phases is one of the most familiar natural phenomena, yet also one of the most misunderstood. This probably comes as no surprise, but research has found that a significant segment of the population, including both elementary students and teachers, mistakenly believes that the Moon's phases are caused by the shadow of the Earth.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Astronomy, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science