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Burrow, Lauren; Cross, Chrissy – Science and Children, 2019
Created by Tufts University through a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, the Novel Engineering website explains that "Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy" (2018) that asks teachers to support students' engagement in a project-based endeavor of problem-and-solution processes and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Student Projects, Problem Based Learning
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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Jackson, Julie; Durham, Annie – Science and Children, 2016
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses planning and using interactive word walls to support science and reading instruction. Many classrooms have word walls displaying vocabulary that students have learned in class. Word walls serve as visual scaffolds to support instruction. To…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary
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Hance, Trevor; Befus, Kevin – Science and Children, 2015
The idea of building sand castles evokes images of lazy summer days at the beach, listening to waves crash, enjoying salty breezes, and just unplugging for a while to let our inner child explore the wonderful natural toys beneath our feet. The idea of exploring caves might evoke feelings and images of claustrophobia or pioneers and Native…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Earth Science, Concept Teaching, Grade 5
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Hance, Trevor – Science and Children, 2014
Designing opportunities for students to discover core science concepts can be challenging, however, with a good understanding of their interests, proper planning, and the use of technology and the outdoors, students can become engaged in a way that can leave a legacy for future students. Last fall, this author designed a nine-session unit for a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Grade 4
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Jackson, Julie; Narvaez, Rose – Science and Children, 2013
It is common to see word walls displaying the vocabulary that students have learned in class. Word walls serve as visual scaffolds and are a classroom strategy used to reinforce reading and language arts instruction. Research shows a strong relationship between student word knowledge and academic achievement (Stahl and Fairbanks 1986). As a…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary, Word Lists
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Weiser, Brenda – Science and Children, 2012
For the past five years, teachers from four Houston-area school districts have joined together in a professional learning community (PLC) to improve their science teaching. Through the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the teachers strengthen content knowledge and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Environmental Education, Collegiality, Science Teachers
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Franks, Megan; Vore, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2010
Every year, an elementary school celebrates different aspects of Central Texas ecology. This year, they focused on Blackland Prairie, the ecoregion on which the school is located. A schoolwide event at the end of the year offers students the opportunity to teach their parents and their peers what they've learned. The Fourth- and fifth-grade…
Descriptors: Ecology, Grade 5, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Kelly, Janet; Weis, R. Stephen – Science and Children, 2005
This article discusses professional development that offers practical tips for elementary teachers to implement in their classrooms right away. The programs at the Institute of Math, Science, and Technology Education at Texas Christian University at Fort Worth, Texas, offer a professional development model. In this successful collaborative, formed…
Descriptors: Grants, Technology Education, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Hymer, Viki – Science and Children, 2005
After attending an astronomy camp at Tarleton State University (TSU) for teachers and secondary students in Summer 2002, the author, a kindergarten teacher, was disappointed to discover that the university offered no science camps for elementary students. She returned to her preK-K campus, whining to her principal. What a shame no one would take…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Salinas, Maria – Science and Children, 2005
As a first-grade teacher in an urban school, the author was eager to bring authentic science into the classroom. She wanted students to experience various scientific processes, and wanted their parents to be involved, too. To meet this goal,she implemented a program first learned of as a graduate student in a science methods class at Texas…
Descriptors: Scientists, Parent Participation, Class Activities, Creative Teaching
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Robertson, Amy; Mahlin, Kathryn – Science and Children, 2005
If the organisms in a prairie ecosystem created a newspaper, what would it look like? What important news topics of the ecosystem would the organisms want to discuss? Imaginative and enthusiastic third-grade students were busy pondering these questions as they tried their hands at "ecosystem journalism." The class had recently completed…
Descriptors: Ecology, Science Instruction, Class Activities, Student Publications
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Krustchinsky, Rick; Harris, William – Science and Children, 2003
Introduces a science program that provides an exciting, safe, and interactive educational experience. Describes activities and the impact of this program. (KHR)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Partnerships in Education