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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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Melber, Leah M. – Science and Children, 2003
There's no better way to understand the work of a scientist than to have it explained in the scientist's own words. Scientific journals, personal accounts of research projects, and documentaries can give students an authentic view of the scientific process. It's an important step towards getting students excited about science and the work of…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientists, Science Education, Books
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Barman, Charles R.; Stein, Mary; Barman, Natalie S.; McNair, Shannan – Science and Children, 2003
Last fall, "Science and Children" invited kindergarten to grade eight teachers to participate in a study investigating students' ideas about plants and plant growth (Barman et al. 2002). Two hundred twenty-seven individuals from 16 states in the United States, one U.S. Territory, and one Canadian Province responded to this invitation and…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Teachers