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Lipsitz, Kelsey; Cisterna, Dante; Hanuscin, Deborah – Science and Children, 2017
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses using the 5E learning cycle to create coherent storylines. The 5E learning cycle provides an important framework to help teachers organize activities. To realize the full potential of the 5E framework for student learning, lessons must also…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Learning Activities
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Demetrikopoulos, Melissa; Thompson, Wesley; Pecore, John – Science and Children, 2017
Art and science help students investigate light energy and practice fair testing. With the goal of finding a way to save "Beady Kid" from invisible rays, students used science practices to investigate the transfer of light energy from the Sun. During this art-integrated science lesson presented in this article, upper elementary (grades…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Light, Energy
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Grabia, Kathryn; Sandifer, Cody – Science and Children, 2017
In a kindergarten classroom, exclamations like "Oh no!" may be causes for concern. However, when the students in Mrs. Grabia's classroom shouted "Oh no!" and "Uh oh!" during an engineering-infused 5E lesson, it meant that a persistent little robot had pushed its way out of the fences they had created. It also meant…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods
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Duran, Emilio; Worch, Eric; Boros, Amy; Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2017
One of the most powerful strategies to support next generation science instruction is the use of instructional models. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional model is arguably the most widely used version of a learning cycle in today's classrooms. The use of the 5Es as an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Biology, Science Curriculum
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Barth, Katie; Bahr, Damon; Shumway, Steven – Science and Children, 2017
Across the United States, political leaders, educators, and business persons are issuing an urgent call for reform in STEM education (NGSS Lead States 2013). One important response to this call is Integrated STEM, which the National Governor's Association (2007, p. 7) says involves, "... an emphasis on design and problem solving in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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Mangiaracina, Mike – Science and Children, 2017
This 5E cycle of lessons takes students through a fun and thorough study of Silly Putty's properties, progressing from an initial observation of a "melting snowman" toy in the Engage phase to making and "marketing" their own homemade putty in the Evaluate phase. Along the way, students use evidence to construct their own…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Water
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Wilcox, Jesse; Kruse, Jerrid; Clough, Michael – Science and Children, 2017
Even though many educators are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), science often does not receive the attention in elementary school that it should. One way to ensure that elementary school children have the science experiences they need and deserve is to use it as a context to teach…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Grade 3
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James, Joan K.; Matthews, Robert W. – Science and Children, 2017
In their classrooms, the authors observed students experiencing meaningful and memorable learning when they were immersed in scientific inquiry involving Bess beetles. Students who learn from active, experiential instruction, find such learning to be exciting and emotionally engaging. As a result, they learn more deeply and effectively. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Hands on Science, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Play areas contain objects that fascinate young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue uses children's interest in collecting outdoor objects to develop their number sense and to build their understanding of math concepts.
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2017
This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month's issue discusses the science behind self-driving cars, but first explains how a car "with" a driver works.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Lasers, Computers
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Davis, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching. In the "Talking Window Garden" project, students create "smart" plant pots that use sensors to collect and analyze data on the health of their plants. The Talking Window Garden project was a collaborative effort between an elementary teacher who wanted to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Gardening, Cooperative Planning, Engineering
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
This article is a follow-up to previous articles on the August 2017 Great American Eclipse. The author discusses what totality is when viewing the eclipse and the spots across the United States where totality will take place.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Teaching Methods, Observation
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Kracl, Carrie; Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2017
Preparing 21st century learners is the goal of both the "Common Core State Standards" ("CCSS") and the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"). These two sets of standards jointly illuminate the need to teach scientific and literacy skills that will more appropriately prepare elementary students to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Elementary School Science
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Pike, Lisa; Rentsch, Jeremy – Science and Children, 2017
This math activity focuses on experimental design while connecting math with life science. It is important that the science and engineering practices (SEPs) are not taught as a separate "unit" but integrated within the curriculum wherever possible. The focus is on experimental design to teach animal behavior. Students predict and test…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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