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Zissman, Tori – Science and Children, 2013
Field trips are wonderful opportunities to expand student learning, but the bus rides can be challenging. Perched in the first row, teachers attempt to guide the driver while tossing repeated reminders of safe bus behavior to the students in back, inevitably arriving at the destination flustered and possibly nauseated. In this article the author…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Integrated Curriculum, Science Instruction, Social Studies
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Sargianis, Kristin; Lachapelle, Cathy P.; Cunningham, Christine M.; Facchiano, Jean; Sanderson, Cheryl; Slater, Patricia – Science and Children, 2012
In this article, the authors focus on an Engineering is Elementary unit that emphasizes students' understanding and application of properties of materials in the context of an engineering design challenge. Students build understanding through a series of hands-on activities, then apply their knowledge to solve a materials engineering problem:…
Descriptors: Engineering, Geology, Grade 3, Science Instruction
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Hoisington, Cynthia; Sableski, Nancy; DeCosta, Imelda – Science and Children, 2010
The Arnold Arboretum is a public "tree museum" that sits on more than 300 acres of parkland in Boston. Like many public parks, the arboretum uses a percentage of its funding to provide nature education for adults and schoolchildren, facilitated by trained volunteer docents. One such effort is the Head Start-Arboretum project, which…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Disadvantaged Youth, Biological Sciences, Children
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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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Siry, Christina; Buchinski, Lisa C. – Science and Children, 2005
People nurture and protect environments they are connected to. Teachers can use their outdoor settings--rural, urban, or suburban--to develop and encourage children's appreciation and ownership of their natural environment. At the Silvio O. Conte Community School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, students and teachers are doing just that through a…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Science Education
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Chalufour, Ingrid; Hoisington, Cindy; Moriarty, Robin; Winokur, Jeff; Worth, Karen – Science and Children, 2004
This article describes a classroom learning experience at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts. In this classroom, children were taught how to integrate mathematics and science skills--from exploring shape, pattern, measurement, and spatial relationships to developing an understanding of stability, balance, and properties of materials--by…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Learning Experience, Preschool Education, Scientific Concepts
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Donnellan, Kathleen M.; Roberts, Gary J. – Science and Children, 1985
Summarizes changes in student achievement and behavior (cross-racial selections) due to the adoption of an activity-based elementary education program (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Classroom Laboratories and Elementary Science Study units) in Springfield, Massachusetts. Emphasis of hands-on experience in mixed-race groups was effective in student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Program Effectiveness