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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2019
The typical elementary classroom hosts a range of diverse students. Not only do students bring varying academic readiness levels, background experiences, interests, personalities, and learning preferences to the classroom, but some students also have physical disabilities that must be considered when designing science instruction. The formerly…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Diversity
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Lange, Alissa; Lodien, Lynn; Lowe, Anna – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, a class of preschool children completed a week of lessons on worms in preparation for a visit by real worms. Prior to the real worm visit, the students learned about the bodies of worms. They also learned vocabulary words such as "segments." They documented thoughts and predictions about worms using drawings. Preparing…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Undergraduate Students
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Wilson, Rachel; Bradbury, Leslie – Science and Children, 2019
To become scientifically literate, students need to interpret science concepts using numbers, text, and visuals (Lemke 2004). Scientists use multiple modes to communicate their ideas to each other and the public, including images, text, mathematical notations, symbols, diagrams, charts, and graphs. Several of the science and engineering practices…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scientific Literacy
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Coppola, Matthew Perkins; Merz, Alice H. – Science and Children, 2017
Today, elementary school teachers continue to revisit old lessons and seek out new ones, especially in engineering. Optimization is the process by which an existing product or procedure is revised and refined. Drawn from the authors' experiences working directly with students in grades K-5 and their teachers and preservice teachers, the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Engineering Education
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Coffey, Debra – Science and Children, 2016
The "Next Generation Science Standards'" ("NGSS") eight scientific and engineering practices invite teachers to develop key investigative skills while addressing important disciplinary science ideas (NGSS Lead States 2013). The "NGSS" can also provide direct links to "Common Core English Language Arts…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Reading Comprehension
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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2016
In her current role as an elementary science methods instructor at a small midwestern university, Dena Harshbarger wanted to help teachers restructure traditional science fairs into "science conventions" to more accurately reflect how scientists share their findings within a scientific community (Barth 2008). Traditional science fairs…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Elementary School Science, Instructional Design, Science Process Skills
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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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Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollough, Cherie A.; Moore, Kim – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a two-day lesson in which fifth-grade students took on the role of marine biology scientists, using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to explore human impact on the blue crab ecosystem. The purpose of "Crabby Interactions" was to help students understand the impact of human activities on the local…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Marine Biology
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Plummer, Julia – Science and Children, 2015
Elementary students find it difficult to connect the apparent motion of objects in the sky with how celestial objects actually move in the solar system. As a university astronomy education researcher, the author has been investigating methods to help children learn astronomy through workshops and summer camps at science museums and planetariums.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Space Sciences
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Dalvi, Tejaswini; Wendell, Kristen – Science and Children, 2015
A team of science teacher educators working in collaboration with local elementary schools explored opportunities for science and engineering "learning by doing" in the particular context of urban elementary school communities. In this article, the authors present design task that helps students identify and find solutions to a…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Elementary Education
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McCubbins, Sara; Thomas, Bethany; Vetere, Michael – Science and Children, 2014
This article describes a family-friendly science day event that encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities, while also providing an opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators, thereby raising awareness of the importance of STEM in our society. The one-day event bought…
Descriptors: Science Education, Family Involvement, College School Cooperation, Science Activities
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Gillan, Amy Larrison; Hebert, Terri – Science and Children, 2014
The People Learning Urban Science (PLUS) program creates partnerships and coordinates efforts involving a local zoo, university, and school district, seeking to instill within students a sense of the natural environment. Even though the majority of students live among concrete and metal structures, their eyes and ears can be trained to make…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Zoology, College School Cooperation, Outdoor Education
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Bohach, Barbara M.; Meade, Birgitta – Science and Children, 2014
The authors collaborated on hosting a "Spring Inspire Day." planned and delivered by preservice elementary teachers as a social studies/science methods project. Projects that have authentic application opportunities can make learning meaningful for prospective teachers as well as elementary students. With the impetus for an integrated…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Scientific Methodology, Science Activities, Preservice Teachers
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Nyberg, Lisa – Science and Children, 2014
Lisa Nyberg believes the education of science core ideas and practices must begin as soon as possible with children. She imagines never teaching letters, words, sentences, or reading skills to young children, and then handing a book to a fifth grader who is expected to read, understand, and perform immediately. With the current language arts and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Schon, Jennifer A.; Eitel, Karla B.; Bingaman, Deirdre; Miller, Brant G.; Rittenburg, Rebecca A. – Science and Children, 2014
Donnelly, Idaho, is a small town surrounded by private ranches and Forest Service property. Through the center of Donnelly runs Boulder Creek, a small tributary feeding into Cascade Lake Reservoir. Boulder Creek originates from a mountain lake north of Donnelly. Since 1994 it has been listed as "impaired" by the Environmental Protection…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Science Activities, Science Projects, Environmental Education
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