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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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Rouse, Rob; Rouse, Amy Gillespie – Science and Children, 2019
Although incorporating engineering into science instruction seems straightforward, adding more content into an already busy school day may be overwhelming for some teachers. To address this challenge, the authors created a unit that integrates engineering and literacy instruction. This article demonstrates how young students can learn…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Mercier, Alison; Metzger, Salem; Blankmann, Dearing; Carlone, Heidi – Science and Children, 2019
Classroom talk is frequently limited, often used to check student comprehension rather than develop thinking. In classrooms with higher numbers of students living in poverty, teachers talk more and students talk less (Lingard, Hayes, and Mills 2003), positioning students as passive learners, which is problematic to developing critical thinking.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Urban Schools, Economically Disadvantaged, Story Reading
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Connolly, Tarah; Skinner, Ron; Harlow, Danielle – Science and Children, 2019
Engaging students in conversations around science and engineering design can be challenging. Sparking such conversations during field trips at an interactive science center has additional challenges. First, students vary considerably in age from day to day: science center employees might work with first graders one day and sixth graders the next.…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Science Education, Engineering, Design
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Cellitti, Jessica; Wright, Christopher – Science and Children, 2019
One of the guiding principles highlighted in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012) states that "children are born investigators," claiming that students construct their own understanding of the natural world even before they learn about it in formal learning settings. Even if students lack a thorough…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Inquiry
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Adelmund, Donna; Uhlenberg, Jill – Science and Children, 2019
Fidget spinners have become a fixation among school children and adults. Pappas (2017) hails spinners as both a boon to stress relief and a constraint on the ability to focus in persons with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism. Spinners can be a distraction in school classrooms, to the point that many schools have banned…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism
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Holub, Jordan; Kruse, Jerrid; Menke, Lucas – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, the authors focus on students constructing observations of patterns to understand how surfaces affect the motion of an object. Students will use the patterns they observe to predict future motion of marbles (NGSS Lead States 2013). Students then apply their learning by engaging in an engineering task. By giving students a task to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Motion, Physics
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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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Bradley, Barbara A.; Thomas, Kelli; Bradley, A. Allen, Jr. – Science and Children, 2019
The "big bad wolf" chased the squealing children around the playground as they looked for a place to hide. Because Mr. Lòpez and Ms. Kim had introduced the work of engineers and the engineering design process into their unit on The Three Little Pigs, they knew their preschool students would choose a structure that could withstand any…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Engineering, Design
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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
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Lowry, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes a preschool art project in which students participated in the month long arts festival in Reno Nevada. Using the engineering design process, students imagined, brainstormed, made lists of materials, tested, designed and modified their design of a illuminated Chinese lantern.
Descriptors: Art Activities, Science Instruction, Engineering, Design