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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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Lange, Alissa; Lodien, Lynn; Lowe, Anna – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, a class of preschool children completed a week of lessons on worms in preparation for a visit by real worms. Prior to the real worm visit, the students learned about the bodies of worms. They also learned vocabulary words such as "segments." They documented thoughts and predictions about worms using drawings. Preparing…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Undergraduate Students
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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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Harlow, Danielle; Hansen, Alexandria – Science and Children, 2018
The Maker Movement (Dougherty 2012) highlights innovation and creativity through "activities focused on designing, building, modifying, and/or repurposing material objects, for playful or useful ends, oriented toward making a 'product' of some sort that can be used, interacted with, or demonstrated" (Martin 2015, p. 31). When engaged in…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Preservice Teachers
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Coppola, Matthew Perkins; Merz, Alice H. – Science and Children, 2017
Today, elementary school teachers continue to revisit old lessons and seek out new ones, especially in engineering. Optimization is the process by which an existing product or procedure is revised and refined. Drawn from the authors' experiences working directly with students in grades K-5 and their teachers and preservice teachers, the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Engineering Education
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Pike, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
In this article, the author describes how a partnership was established to bring science and education majors together with elementary school children in an after-school STEM program. This partnership allowed preservice teachers and science majors to have fun with science and to learn science informally, in a nonclassroom, low-stress…
Descriptors: Scientists, Preservice Teachers, STEM Education, Elementary School Students
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Vick, Matthew – Science and Children, 2017
Learning to teach elementary science well is not only a goal for preservice teachers. This article describes a partnership that has led to an on-site science methods course in an elementary school library that blends pedagogical instruction with practical classroom time to the benefit of inservice and preservice teachers. In the course, both sets…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teachers, Faculty Development
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Coffey, Debra – Science and Children, 2016
The "Next Generation Science Standards'" ("NGSS") eight scientific and engineering practices invite teachers to develop key investigative skills while addressing important disciplinary science ideas (NGSS Lead States 2013). The "NGSS" can also provide direct links to "Common Core English Language Arts…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Reading Comprehension
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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2016
In her current role as an elementary science methods instructor at a small midwestern university, Dena Harshbarger wanted to help teachers restructure traditional science fairs into "science conventions" to more accurately reflect how scientists share their findings within a scientific community (Barth 2008). Traditional science fairs…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Elementary School Science, Instructional Design, Science Process Skills
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Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollough, Cherie A.; Moore, Kim – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a two-day lesson in which fifth-grade students took on the role of marine biology scientists, using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to explore human impact on the blue crab ecosystem. The purpose of "Crabby Interactions" was to help students understand the impact of human activities on the local…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Marine Biology
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Colson, Mary; Colson, Russ – Science and Children, 2016
Mary Colson is an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at Horizon Middle School, and Russ Colson is a professor of geology and Earth science education in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead, both in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since her first year in teaching eighth grade Earth science, in 1986,…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Lesson Plans, Questioning Techniques, Scientific Literacy
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Plummer, Julia – Science and Children, 2015
Elementary students find it difficult to connect the apparent motion of objects in the sky with how celestial objects actually move in the solar system. As a university astronomy education researcher, the author has been investigating methods to help children learn astronomy through workshops and summer camps at science museums and planetariums.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Space Sciences
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Dalvi, Tejaswini; Wendell, Kristen – Science and Children, 2015
A team of science teacher educators working in collaboration with local elementary schools explored opportunities for science and engineering "learning by doing" in the particular context of urban elementary school communities. In this article, the authors present design task that helps students identify and find solutions to a…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Elementary Education
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McCubbins, Sara; Thomas, Bethany; Vetere, Michael – Science and Children, 2014
This article describes a family-friendly science day event that encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities, while also providing an opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators, thereby raising awareness of the importance of STEM in our society. The one-day event bought…
Descriptors: Science Education, Family Involvement, College School Cooperation, Science Activities
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Gillan, Amy Larrison; Hebert, Terri – Science and Children, 2014
The People Learning Urban Science (PLUS) program creates partnerships and coordinates efforts involving a local zoo, university, and school district, seeking to instill within students a sense of the natural environment. Even though the majority of students live among concrete and metal structures, their eyes and ears can be trained to make…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Zoology, College School Cooperation, Outdoor Education
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