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Bircher, Lisa S.; Sansenbaugher, Bonnie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an elementary science summer day camp at East Palatine High School in East Palestine, Ohio, for students in grades K-4, aided by high school (grades 9-12) student mentors. The school's Outdoor Area for Studies in Science (OASIS) is used for formal and informal studies in science for an elementary science camp week. The camp…
Descriptors: Summer Science Programs, Elementary School Students, High School Students, Mentors
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Duran, Emilio; Worch, Eric; Boros, Amy; Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2017
One of the most powerful strategies to support next generation science instruction is the use of instructional models. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional model is arguably the most widely used version of a learning cycle in today's classrooms. The use of the 5Es as an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Biology, Science Curriculum
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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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Mulvey, Bridget; Warnock, Carly – Science and Children, 2015
During a two-week inquiry-based 5E learning cycle unit, children made observations and inferences to guide their explorations of animal traits and habitats (Bybee 2014). The children became "animal detectives" by studying a live-feed webcam and digital images of wolves in their natural habitat, reading books and online sources about…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Ecology, Wildlife
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Tuttle, Nicole; Obringer, Mary; Czajkowski, Kevin; Czerniak, Charlene M. – Science and Children, 2014
Children are natural scientists full of curiosity. This curiosity allows them to ask questions about and to investigate their surroundings. Since science is not just a collection of facts to be learned, but rather investigations that need to be made, teachers should encourage that natural curiosity in the classroom. Luckily, the "Next…
Descriptors: Investigations, Science Education, Science Activities, Teaching Methods
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Spring, Patty; Harr, Natalie – Science and Children, 2014
Bugs, slugs, bacteria, and fungi are decomposers at the heart of every ecosystem. Fifth graders at Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg, Ohio, ventured outdoors to learn about the necessity of these amazing organisms. With the help of a naturalist, students explored their local park and discovered the wonder of decomposers and their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Outdoor Education
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Worch, Eric A.; Scheuermann, Amy M.; Haney, Jodi J. – Science and Children, 2009
The activity shared here is an animal role-playing lesson developed, field-tested, and refined for "Nature's Neighborhood", a newly designed children's education facility at the Toledo Zoo. The activity is targeted at students in kindergarten through second grade, but it can be adapted for use in grades three and four as well. Through…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Hirschi, Ron – Science and Children, 2008
When working with elementary students, one never knows when that moment of "magic" will happen. For the author, an environmentalist who also conducts outreach activities with elementary students, one of the best of these experiences happened during a water-exploration trip in Ohio. This article describes how he used tools such as a hand…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Education, Science Education
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Moore, L. Thomas – Science and Children, 2006
The author recently conducted a case study describing the process a suburban Ohio school district underwent when adopting a new elementary science program. The district's seven elementary schools moved from a "totally inquiry-based science program" in 1995 to a hybrid program of "inquiry-based and textbook science program" in…
Descriptors: Science Programs, School Districts, Elementary School Science, Inquiry
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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
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Lee, Hyonyong; Jax, Dan – Science and Children, 2004
To develop scientific literacy in today's global era, however, it is important that students learn about interactions within the Earth's systems worldwide. A unit exploring El Nino and La Nina-phenomena that can result in extreme weather events in locations all around the world-can help bridge this gap and broaden students awareness of global…
Descriptors: Climate, Scientific Literacy, Environmental Education, Teaching Methods