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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
Rimm-Kaufman, Sara; Merritt, Eileen – Science and Children, 2019
The authors share a sequence of lessons that teachers thought were especially useful to produce effective science discourse and promote student understanding. The first lessons teach social and emotional skills. The later lessons focus on energy sources and systems, requiring students to apply their social and emotional skills to conversations…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Development
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Lott, Kimberly; Urbanek-Carney, Sara; Mitchell, April – Science and Children, 2019
Robotics is emerging as an effective strategy for bridging the gap between technology and engineering design in early childhood classrooms (Bers, Seddighin, and Sullivan 2013). Using a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant received from the authors' school, they purchased a KIBO-18 set from KinderLab Robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Programming
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Burrow, Lauren; Cross, Chrissy – Science and Children, 2019
Created by Tufts University through a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, the Novel Engineering website explains that "Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy" (2018) that asks teachers to support students' engagement in a project-based endeavor of problem-and-solution processes and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Student Projects, Problem Based Learning
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Masters, Heidi; Shrake, Tyler – Science and Children, 2019
When it snows, children are permitted to play outside during recess, which causes them to experience a variety of problems with their mittens or gloves. To align instruction with a problem student's experience in every day life, the authors developed and administered a short survey to second graders in an after school program. The authors found…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Problem Solving
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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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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
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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
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