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Bricker, Mary – Science and Children, 2009
When it comes to directly interacting with and doing experiments with organisms, plants have some distinct advantages over animals. Their diversity and accessibility allows students to use them in experiments, thus practicing important science inquiry skills. This article describes an investigation that was designed to help students appreciate the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Science Experiments, Grade 5
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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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Silverman, Emily; Coffman, Margaret; Younker, Betty – Science and Children, 2007
This article describes an interdisciplinary, activity-based lesson plan implemented in a third/fourth-grade classroom. During these activities, students use musical concepts to think about, illustrate, and discuss animal behavior, and they use scientific concepts to motivate musical composition and performance. The lesson ends with small group…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Musical Composition, Music, Music Teachers
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Bryson, Linda – Science and Children, 2004
This article describes one fifth grade's participation in in NASA's S'COOL (Students' Cloud Observations On-Line) Project, making cloud observations, reporting them online, exploring weather concepts, and gleaning some of the things involved in authentic scientific research. S?COOL is part of a real scientific study of the effect of clouds on…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Scientific Research, Science Education, Weather
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Knight, Ruth – Science and Children, 1989
Described is a method which can be used to teach children how to study science. Included are suggestions for efficient use of the textbook, how to learn in the laboratory, hints for note-taking, how to ask questions, and how to study for tests. (CW)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools
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Stein, Harry – Science and Children, 1988
Provides suggestions for note-taking from books, lectures, visual presentations, and laboratory experiments to enhance student knowledge, memory, and length of attention span during instruction. Describes topical and structural outlines, visual mapping, charting, three-column note-taking, and concept mapping. Benefits and application of…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Cues