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Clough, Kaitlin; Kruse, Jerrid; Wilcox, Jesse – Science and Children, 2019
As part of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (K-LS1-1), students are expected to develop an understanding of what living things need in order to live and grow. The lessons provided in this article help students understand the difference between living and nonliving things, and help them acquire important background knowledge to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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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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Hoisington, Cindy; Winokur, Jeff – Science and Children, 2019
At Education Development Center, the authors developed professional learning for teachers that reflects the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") and makes explicit connections between science and language. In the authors' recent project, Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
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Benedict-Chambers, Amanda; Fortner, Terra – Science and Children, 2019
Effective teachers understand the importance of asking the right kind of questions to facilitate the learning of all their students. By learning what questions to ask and when, teachers can engage their students in instruction that aligns to the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (Benedict-Chambers et al. 2017; NGSS Lead…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Equipment, Electronics