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O'Day, Betsy – Science and Children, 2016
Curriculum and lesson planning require the consideration of many things. With a shift to the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"), integrating the dimensions of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts becomes a focus of that planning. The author, Betsy O'Day, an elementary…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Postsecondary Education
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Smith, Grinell – Science and Children, 2008
In this article, the author presents a list of science books that will foster students' interest in science. Some books were suggested by scientists, science educators, and former students. Some came from an analogous list for science journalists compiled by Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. Some are…
Descriptors: Books, Science Interests, National Standards, Reading Material Selection
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Black, Susan – Science and Children, 2006
Just a few years ago Jefferson Elementary School in San Diego County, California suffered from low test scores and a lackluster "science from workbooks approach" that was not motivating many in the 75% Hispanic and 50% learning-to-speak-English student body. A partnership program with the San Diego Natural History Museum called…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Water Quality, Spiral Curriculum, Water
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Crowther, David T. – Science and Children, 2003
In this lesson, students use Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans--a "wild" candy written about in the Harry Potter books and now available in stores--to learn about classification and dichotomous keys. In these activities, students sort jelly beans according to a key and then construct a key for a "new" flavor of beans. Students then build on their…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Classification, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction