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Murray, Mary; Valentine-Anand, Lesley – Science and Children, 2008
Do dinosaurs have bellybuttons? This intriguing question launched a journey into inquiry science that captivated a class of four-year-olds for eight months. As students enjoyed dinosaur books, examined dinosaur artifacts, drew pictures, watched videos, and generally immersed themselves in all things dinosaur, the authors built a culture of…
Descriptors: Paleontology, Science Process Skills, Inquiry, Preschool Children
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Olson, Eric A.; Rule, Audrey C.; Dehm, Janet – Science and Children, 2005
In the city where the authors live, located on the shore of Lake Ontario, children have ample opportunity to interact with snow. Water vapor rising from the relatively warm lake surface produces tremendous "lake effect" snowfalls when frigid winter winds blow. Snow piles along roadways after each passing storm, creating impressive snow…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Weather, Science Activities, Elementary School Science
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Engblom-Bradley, Claudette; Reyes, Maria Elena – Science and Children, 2004
Summertime in Alaska offers students many options for science projects. The brief season offers an opportunity to explore plant life, wildlife, environmental phenomena, and various other science and social science topics. Most of the research conducted at the camp could not be done during students' regular academic year due to Alaska's harsh…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Alaska Natives, Science Projects, Teaching Methods
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Williams, Kim – Science and Children, 2004
There are many reasons people are afraid of bats but most are myths. Many people are also afraid of bats because they believe all bats are vampire bats, or bats that feed on blood. There are a few species of bats called "vampire" bats;however, these bats are found in Central and South America--there are no vampire bats in the United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animals, Science Education, Misconceptions
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Sorel, Katherine – Science and Children, 2004
August 2002 found the author scouring the rocky shore of Joggins, Nova Scotia, hunting for fossils dropped off by the last high tide. The experience highlighted the challenges of paleontology. She collected a bunch of rocks she thought had definite prints of plants or animals, but when she took them to the town's fossil museum, it turned out she…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Paleontology, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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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
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Gee, Maureen – Science and Children, 1975
Discusses three kits developed by museums in British Columbia for use in rural classrooms. The science kit on marine biology consists of modules which included specimens, books, audiovisual materials and student activities. (BR)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Instruction, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules