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Miller, Jocelyn; Roberson, Katy – Science and Children, 2020
This article describes an unit that was created for first-grade students using both the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a student-centered, problem-based approach. The multifaceted classroom unit combined with a take-home field study provides students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, STEM Education, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Farrand, Kathleen M.; Oakes, Wendy Peia; Deeg, Megan T. – Science and Children, 2019
Dramatic inquiry is a teaching approach where students explore science through differentiated learning experiences, so that students can engage in learning in multiple ways (e.g., through gesture, song, written and spoken language). It positions students as competent problem solvers and draws upon students' strengths through collaborative learning…
Descriptors: Entomology, Cooperative Learning, Learning Activities, Drama
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Flannagan, Jenny Sue – Science and Children, 2019
At any point during the school year, a teacher may find out the gap between what students know and need to learn is not large at all. In fact, formative assessment data may show a handful of students already have mastered the content for a specific unit of study. While some learners will achieve grade-level standards at the pace outline by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Science Activities
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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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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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Lee, Okhee; Januszyk, Rita – Science and Children, 2019
According to the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS), science and engineering are language intensive and offer both opportunities and challenges for all students, especially English learners (ELs), who are developing language and disciplinary knowledge and practices simultaneously. To support ELs of varying levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Formative Evaluation
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Mendez, James; Baird, Kate; Patino, Greicy – Science and Children, 2019
Picture this: a PhD chemist, PhD science educator, and a preservice Latina elementary educator walk into an aftercare program for primary and intermediate students from a rural school. These students are identified as low income and at risk and therefore eligible to participate in this school-provided aftercare. While across the state, these same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, After School Programs, Low Income Students, At Risk Students
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Robertson, Laura; Dunlap, Eric; Nivens, Ryan; Barnett, Kelli – Science and Children, 2019
This 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) learning cycle integrating science and mathematics challenges and engages second-grade students in designing sail cars to solve an engineering problem. Students create and use line plots to organize their data to evaluate the strengths and weakness of their design solutions. Three…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Students
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Delaney, Ashley; Jurgenson, Kari – Science and Children, 2019
The connections the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") creates between science content and practices to literacy and mathematics are especially beneficial at the elementary level. In this article, the authors present a series of lessons a second-grade teacher taught within a thematic unit that integrated standards…
Descriptors: Standards, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Literacy
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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