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Bhattacharya, Devarati; Adams, Krista L.; Mittelstet, Tammera J. – Science and Children, 2018
Scientific modeling, the practice of creating models such as "diagrams, analogies, and simulations" (NGSS Lead States 2013) allows students to develop and revise their own representations of the natural world and use them to generate predictions and explanations about scientific phenomenon. Research provides evidence for elementary…
Descriptors: Learning Centers (Classroom), Models, Science Instruction, Grade 2
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Ippolito, Jacy; Condie, Cami; Blanchette, Jaclyn; Cervoni, Cleti – Science and Children, 2018
Each summer, an elementary school on the New England coast is bustling with elementary students. The students are predominantly English learners (ELs) who struggle with reading, writing, and communication skills. The students are participating in a four-week summer program focused on increasing literacy skills through scientific investigations.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Literacy Education, Science Teachers
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Krajcik, Joseph; Merritt, Joi – Science and Children, 2012
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)--now in development--will be based on "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" released by the National Research Council last summer. The "Framework" identifies seven scientific and engineering practices that should be used in science classrooms. These practices reflect the multiple ways in which…
Descriptors: Engineering, Classrooms, Investigations, Models
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Reiser, Brian J.; Berland, Leema K.; Kenyon, Lisa – Science and Children, 2012
"A Framework for K-12 Science Education" identifies eight science and engineering practices for K-12 classrooms. These practices, along with core ideas and crosscutting concepts, define the nation's learning goals for science. An important advance from earlier standards (AAAS 1993, NRC 1996), these practices are clearly identified "not" as…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2011
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. The author discusses the formative assessment probe "Pond Water," which reveals how elementary children will often apply what they know about animal structures to newly discovered microscopic organisms, connecting their knowledge of the familiar to the unfamiliar through…
Descriptors: Animals, Formative Evaluation, Field Tests, Grade 5
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Powell, Debbie; Needham, Dick; Aram, Roberta – Science and Children, 2008
Planning effective, engaging lessons and units are challenging tasks for a teacher, but the process can also be meaningful and rewarding. Using a "big understanding"--a guiding statement describing essential content you want students to learn throughout the unit--teachers can successfully plan and create lessons around substantive science content…
Descriptors: State Standards, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction, Educational Change
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Murray, Mary; Valentine-Anand, Lesley – Science and Children, 2008
Do dinosaurs have bellybuttons? This intriguing question launched a journey into inquiry science that captivated a class of four-year-olds for eight months. As students enjoyed dinosaur books, examined dinosaur artifacts, drew pictures, watched videos, and generally immersed themselves in all things dinosaur, the authors built a culture of…
Descriptors: Paleontology, Science Process Skills, Inquiry, Preschool Children
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Schussler, Elisabeth; Winslow, Jeff – Science and Children, 2007
Effective instruction requires continual assessment of student understanding to identify and redirect misconceptions. This is particularly important when dealing with topics that seem straightforward to the teacher but may go beyond the personal experience of many students, such as the life cycle of flowering plants. Life cycles are a core topic…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Plants (Botany), Botany, Grade 4
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Chessin, Debby – Science and Children, 2007
Science centers can engage students; accommodate different learning styles and individual interests; help students become independent and confident learners; and encourage social skills among students. In this article, the author worked with third-grade students as they completed activities at learning centers during a week-long unit on simple…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Investigations, Problem Solving, Learning Centers (Classroom)
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Pitts Bannister, Vanessa R.; Jamar, Idorenyin; Mutegi, Jomo W. – Science and Children, 2007
In this article, the learning progress of one fifth-grade student is examined with regard to the development of her graph interpretation skills as she participated in the Junior Science Institute (JSI), a two-week, science intensive summer camp in which participants engaged in microbiology research and application. By showcasing the student's…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Microbiology, Cognitive Processes, Graphs
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Rommel-Esham, Katie – Science and Children, 2007
"How much popcorn will our classroom hold?" This intriguing question sparked a terrific integrated science and math exploration that the author conducted with fifth-and sixth-grade students. In the process of finding the classroom's volume, students developed science-process skills (e.g., developing a plan, measurement, collecting and interpreting…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Number Concepts, Inquiry, Science Experiments
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Capobianco, Brenda; Thiel, Elizabeth Andrew – Science and Children, 2006
Students may be slathered with SPF 30 sunscreen all summer at the beach or pool, but what do they know about ultraviolet (UV) light radiation and absorption? The authors of this article found the perfect opportunity to help students find out the science behind this important health precaution, when they developed a series of practical strategies…
Descriptors: Investigations, Elementary School Science, Science Activities, Science Process Skills
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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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Mangiante, Elaine Silva – Science and Children, 2006
In this article, the author presents an investigative approach to "understanding Earth changes." The author states that students were familiar with earthquakes and volcanoes in other regions of the world but never considered how the land beneath their feet had experienced changes over time. Here, their geology unit helped them understand…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Geology, Field Experience Programs, Science Activities
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Barman, Charles R.; Stein, Mary; Barman, Natalie S.; McNair, Shannan – Science and Children, 2003
Last fall, "Science and Children" invited kindergarten to grade eight teachers to participate in a study investigating students' ideas about plants and plant growth (Barman et al. 2002). Two hundred twenty-seven individuals from 16 states in the United States, one U.S. Territory, and one Canadian Province responded to this invitation and…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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