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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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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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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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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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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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Iatridis, Mary – Science and Children, 1981
Describes a preschool science-based curriculum which encompasses four broad topics: water, small creatures, gadgetry, and environmental terraria. Includes a description and list of activities for each topic. Presents research suggesting that children participating in this curriculum increased their self-directed discovery and verbalized curiosity.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Preschool Education