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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2019
The typical elementary classroom hosts a range of diverse students. Not only do students bring varying academic readiness levels, background experiences, interests, personalities, and learning preferences to the classroom, but some students also have physical disabilities that must be considered when designing science instruction. The formerly…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Diversity
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Easter, Jaclyn; Hollister, Erin; Wilcox, Jesse – Science and Children, 2019
Although science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives have received increased attention in recent years (Bybee 2011), the focus is often on science and mathematics (Thornburg 2009). Yet, engineering has been referred to as "the glue that holds the other STEM subjects together" (Thornburg 2009). With the release of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Problem Solving, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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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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Masters, Heidi; Daggett, Kayden; Fonk, Amanda; Geiser, Anna; Hund, Jennifer; Kohlbeck, Kierra; Peterson, Amanda; Smith, Jackson; Zander, Zachary; Zaspel, Tyler – Science and Children, 2019
Severe flooding was prevalent within the authors' region at the beginning of the school year. Many homes and fields were affected by the amount of rain that fell within a short period of time over multiple days. Their students were concerned about the impact this natural phenomena was having on their local community. Natural phenomena can provide…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Engineering Education, Scientific Concepts, Units of Study
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Edelen, Daniel; Bush, Sarah B.; Nickels, Megan – Science and Children, 2019
Teachers have the daunting task of preparing students for a future that they cannot predict. In an age of information where students have the world quite literally at their fingertips, and with the ever-growing momentum of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), it is not enough that students experience STEM subjects…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Wilson, Rachel; Bradbury, Leslie – Science and Children, 2019
To become scientifically literate, students need to interpret science concepts using numbers, text, and visuals (Lemke 2004). Scientists use multiple modes to communicate their ideas to each other and the public, including images, text, mathematical notations, symbols, diagrams, charts, and graphs. Several of the science and engineering practices…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scientific Literacy
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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