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Stevenson, Anne – Science and Children, 2013
"I Wonder" boards are a teaching strategy that can be used in the classroom, as well as during science learning opportunities in nonformal settings, such as after-school science programs or summer camps.This simple strategy has led to deeper science exploration in 4-H, as young people learn alongside program staff, teachers, or…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Nonformal Education
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Hayman, Arlene; Hoppe, Carole; Deniz, Hasan – Science and Children, 2012
Imagine a classroom where students are actively engaged in seeking scientific knowledge from books and computers. Think of a classroom in which students fervently write to create PowerPoint presentations about their scientific topic and then enthusiastically practice their speaking roles to serve as docents in a classroom museum setting. Visualize…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Scientific Literacy, School Libraries, Teaching Methods
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Santos, Joel; Centurio, Tina – Science and Children, 2012
What happens in the first week of school could very well set the stage for the rest of the school year. Setting high standards for science activities based in inquiry can start on the first day of science class and develop as the year unfolds. With the use of simple, readily available, inexpensive materials, an efficient mystery box lesson can be…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, English Language Learners
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Stone, Jody H. – Science and Children, 2012
With the increased focus on both inquiry and 21st-century skills such as collaboration and problem-solving, teachers at all levels are looking for engaging ways to create more student-centered classrooms in which students can learn more than "just" science content. Discovering and developing creative science activities designed to accomplish…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Teacher Improvement, Data Analysis, Science Instruction
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Zenchak, John; Lynch, Mary Jean – Science and Children, 2011
The authors developed a demonstration with two similar setups that provide students with both the prior experience to form an expectation and the discrepancy to grab their attention. They follow the demonstration with a structured exploration format that gives students a method for experimenting to find the one built-in difference (i.e., the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts
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McCann, Florence; Millsap-Shobert, Katie; Schmidt, Sherland Ann; Falsarella, Carell – Science and Children, 2010
Fifth graders in Mrs. Caldwell's class would soon experience a "change" as they made the transition from elementary to middle school. Participation in classroom inquiry investigations and schoolwide science enrichment events had already developed students' enthusiasm for science; here was an opportunity to solidify that enthusiasm. Guest science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle Schools, Investigations, Science Teachers
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Andersen, Stephanie – Science and Children, 2010
You'll gain plenty of weather resources from this month's issue (temperature concepts, weather instruments, the water cycle/evaporation). You can use that information with these outdoor seasonal connections.
Descriptors: Weather, Water, Science Education, National Standards
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Hoover, Todd F. – Science and Children, 2010
The "Magic" String is a discrepant event that includes a canister with what appears to be the end of two strings protruding from opposite sides of it. Due to the way the strings are attached inside the canister, it appears as if the strings can magically switch the way they are connected. When one string end is pulled, the observer's expectation…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Inferences, Observation, Science Activities
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Schuster, Dwight; Watanabe, Tad – Science and Children, 2010
It is common practice for elementary classes to plant seeds so that students have the opportunity to observe them germinate and grow. Beyond introducing plant anatomy, this relatively simple activity has the potential to engage children as young plant scientists who investigate the basic needs and behaviors of plants. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Anatomy, Grade 5, Grade 3
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Deaton, Cynthia Minchew; Deaton, Benjamin E.; Leland, Katina – Science and Children, 2010
The authors created an interactive reflective log (IRL) to provide teachers with an opportunity to use a journal approach to record, evaluate, and communicate student understanding of science concepts. Unlike a traditional journal, the IRL incorporates prompts to encourage students to discuss their understanding of science content and science…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Process Skills, Grade 3
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McGregor, Debbie; Precious, Wendy – Science and Children, 2010
The setting: the science classroom. The characters: you and your students. The scene: Your students acting out scientific discoveries, modeling a frog's life cycle, mimicking the transition from liquid to solid. This is "dramatic science", a teaching approach that uses acting techniques to explore and develop young children's ideas about…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Science Instruction
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Glen, Nicole J.; Smetana, Lara K. – Science and Children, 2010
"If someone were traveling to our area for the first time during this time of year, what would you tell them to bring to wear? Why?" This question was used to engage students in a guided-inquiry unit about how climate differs from weather. In this lesson, students explored local and national data sets to give "travelers" advice…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Investigations, Scientific Principles, Data Analysis
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Murray, Jenny; Bartelmay, Kathy – Science and Children, 2005
Can second-grade students construct an understanding of sophisticated science processes and explore physics concepts while creating their own inventions? Yes! Students accomplished this and much more through a month-long project in which they used Legos and Robolab, the Lego computer programing software, to create their own inventions. One…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Workshops, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
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Damonte, Kathleen – Science and Children, 2004
The human hand is made up of four fingers and one thumb. This month's "Home Connections" activity will help students understand the importance of the thumb for doing simple, everyday activities. Most primates (humans, apes, and Old World monkeys) and some other animals have opposable thumbs. Humans can move their thumb farther across their hand…
Descriptors: Human Body, Science Activities, Middle School Students