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Edwards, Kirsten D.; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Wright, Tanya S. – Science and Children, 2020
Young children love opportunities to build, discover, and solve problems. Teachers can take advantage of these natural tendencies by introducing students to aspects of engineering design while they engage in classroom activities. Engineering also lends itself to supporting students in developing disciplinary literacy practices such as learning…
Descriptors: Engineering, Kindergarten, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts
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Wright, Tanya S.; Haverly, Christa; West, JoAnne; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk – Science and Children, 2019
Classroom discussion can help young children monitor their thinking and share their ideas in order to be understood (Donovan and Bransford 2005). Particularly for children who are not yet reading and writing independently, opportunities to discuss ideas can support engagement and sensemaking during science instruction (e.g., Wright and Gotwals…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary School Science, Decision Making, Teaching Methods
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Lemaster, Jodi; Willett, Vicki – Science and Children, 2019
Observing children tossing a ball in a game of catch or pumping their legs to move a swing, it is obvious that they have already experienced and learned to control the basics of pushes and pulls. Through everyday experiences as simple as rolling a ball across the floor, to more complex activities like team sports, children are building a…
Descriptors: Playgrounds, Science Instruction, Physics, Motion
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Garcia, Marisa; Gentry, Christine; Jordan, Elissa; Nolan, Bekka; Cunningham, Christine M. – Science and Children, 2019
In engineering, teachers can push even the youngest learners to think critically and create something that reflects the function of the real thing. When children create, they often make a representation of something--a crayon-drawn stick-figure family or a butterfly life cycle represented with pasta--that is based on appearance. Their questions…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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Hatton, Mary; Grimbilas, Sara; Kane, Caroline; Kenyon, Tara – Science and Children, 2019
Will spring be early next year? This is a question the authors ponder each fall as they prepare for a yearlong citizen science project with kindergartners. Citizen science projects naturally promote the development of science and engineering practices. These projects can be integrated at any grade level and aligned to meet other content areas as…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Interests, Gardening, Plants (Botany)
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Ehsan, Hoda; Rehmat, Abeera P.; Cardella, Monica E. – Science and Children, 2019
Computational thinking can provide a basis for problem solving, for making evidence-based decisions, and for learning to code or create programs. Therefore, it is critical that all students across the K-12 continuum--including students in the early grades--have opportunities to begin developing problem solving and computational thinking skills.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Computer Science Education, Thinking Skills