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Edmondson, Elizabeth; Navy, Shannon; Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda; Mannarino, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
Problem-based learning (PBL) involves students solving a problem with multiple solutions over time, like scientists in real-world contexts. This fourth-grade PBL unit had students become part of an endeavor to help their state of Virginia become energy independent. It conceptualized energy independence as becoming self-sufficient for energy…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Flannagan, Jenny Sue – Science and Children, 2019
At any point during the school year, a teacher may find out the gap between what students know and need to learn is not large at all. In fact, formative assessment data may show a handful of students already have mastered the content for a specific unit of study. While some learners will achieve grade-level standards at the pace outline by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Science Activities
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
By developing a relationship of trust and respect with children, educators create a classroom culture that supports questioning. One strategy to extend children's thinking is to provide unfamiliar materials to provoke questioning. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's column…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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Maurer, Matthew J. – Science and Children, 2010
Have you participated in professional development (PD) programs that never met your expectations? Have you found it difficult to find a program that fits well with your academic and pedagogical needs? If so, the author shares your sentiment. In this article, he describes three lessons learned while developing and conducting a PD partnership…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Teacher Improvement, Professional Development Schools
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Everyday occurrences with evaporation are so ordinary that adults may not realize that children wonder about them and create explanations about what happens to water as wet objects dry. The process of evaporation is not visible, making it hard for young children to understand. Because they like to look for clues and participate in group…
Descriptors: Science Education, Children, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Exline, Joseph D. – Science and Children, 1985
Discusses the development and implementation of the Standards of Learning (SOL)-Science, a publication which contains content concepts for K-12 science programs in Virginia. Examples of indicators for a criterion and suggestions for gathering evaluative data are given. (DH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education