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Mendez, James; Baird, Kate; Patino, Greicy – Science and Children, 2019
Picture this: a PhD chemist, PhD science educator, and a preservice Latina elementary educator walk into an aftercare program for primary and intermediate students from a rural school. These students are identified as low income and at risk and therefore eligible to participate in this school-provided aftercare. While across the state, these same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, After School Programs, Low Income Students, At Risk Students
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Tank, Kristina; Moore, Tamara; Strnat, Meg – Science and Children, 2015
This article describes the final lesson within a seven-day STEM and literacy unit that is part of the Picture STEM curriculum (pictureSTEM. org) and uses engineering to integrate science and mathematics learning in a meaningful way (Tank and Moore 2013). For this engineering challenge, students used nature as a source of inspiration for designs to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Integrated Curriculum, Water, Science Activities
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Merwade, Venkatesh; Eichinger, David; Harriger, Bradley; Doherty, Erin; Habben, Ryan – Science and Children, 2014
While the science of sound can be taught by explaining the concept of sound waves and vibrations, the authors of this article focused their efforts on creating a more engaging way to teach the science of sound--through engineering design. In this article they share the experience of teaching sound to third graders through an engineering challenge…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Acoustics, Scientific Concepts, Grade 3
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Weiland, Ingrid – Science and Children, 2011
Problem-based learning (PBL) is one approach to teaching science that supports the notion that students construct knowledge within contextual settings, and that critical thinking and application are best fostered within these realistic contexts. In other words, learning activities are best applied when they are authentic or embedded in real-life…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Food
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Willmore, Sandra; Smith, Walter S. – Science and Children, 2006
What Australia, Alaska, Qatar, Indiana, and Ohio have in common is the authentic writing More Observations Of Nature (MOON) project. In this unique project, teachers from these disparate geographic locations teamed up to instruct children in grades four through eight via the internet on a nearly universally challenging subject for teachers in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods