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Burton, Bill; Ogden, Kate; Walker, Becky; Bledsoe, Leslie; Hardage, Lauren – Science and Children, 2018
For the last several years, the authors have implemented an integrated Mars Colony project for their third-grade classes. Students explored several considerations related to colonizing and inhabiting a new world, including food sources, types of citizens, transportation, and housing design. Nearly everything about the project was open-ended, full…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Space Sciences, Elementary School Science, Science Activities
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Stroud, Wesley – Science and Children, 2018
All educators want their classrooms to be inviting areas that support investigations. However, a common mistake is to fill learning spaces with items or objects that are set up by the teacher or are simply "for show." This type of setting, although it may create a comfortable space for students, fails to stimulate investigations and…
Descriptors: Animals, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Science Instruction
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Shim, Soo-Yean; Thompson, Jessica; Richards, Jennifer; Vaa, Kitten – Science and Children, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") and the guiding "Framework" invite students to engage in practices of scientific argumentation and modeling through which they can collaborate as young scientists and develop understandings of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. This article shares…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science, Grade 2
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Raven, Sara; Al Husseini, Diana; Cevik, Emel – Science and Children, 2018
Children are natural engineers. Engineering design activities for preschoolers introduce practices and encourage scientific habits of mind. The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) highlight that crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas can not be mastered without engaging in scientific investigations and…
Descriptors: Engineering, Technical Occupations, Engineering Education, Preschool Children
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Gunning, Amanda M.; Marrero, Meghan E.; Buonamano, Christina; Somers, Vita – Science and Children, 2018
Waves and sound are rooted in children's everyday experiences. This topic naturally extends to other topics, such as instruments and music, which children find very interesting. As children often see science as separate from their daily lives, it is important to help them make real-life connections. The unit begins with children's observations,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Units of Study, Standards, Grade 1
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Donovan, Carol; Coleman, Julianne – Science and Children, 2018
The language of science, which emphasizes reasoning about the causes and conditions of scientific phenomenon and use of visuals to convey information, can be difficult for young readers and writers without a lot of teacher scaffolding (Pappas and Varelas 2009). It is important that teachers understand these linguistic requirements to support…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Scientists
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Sumrall, William; Sumrall, Kristen – Science and Children, 2018
Elementary teachers often avoid the struggle of matching a science activity to a specific standard by using a lesson planning process known as Understanding by Design (UBD) (Wiggins and McTighe 2005). A main tenet of the UBD model involves starting at the end rather than at the beginning of the planning process. By starting at the end and visiting…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Lesson Plans
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Tretter, Thomas; McFadden, Justin – Science and Children, 2018
A key instructional change recommended by the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") is for teachers to be more explicit and systematic in teaching students science and engineering practices in addition to crosscutting concepts because the NGSS include a stronger focus on seamless teaching in three integrated dimensions…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Standards, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education
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Fisher, Nicole; Lorenz-Reaves, Amanda – Science and Children, 2018
Insects are extremely important for maintaining the natural environment, performing such essential ecosystem services as decomposition, dung burial, and soil aeration, as well as providing food for other wildlife. Insects are also important for human interests such as crop pollination. Though the advantages of using insects as teaching tools are…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Entomology, Teaching Methods, Montessori Method
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Seiki, Sumer – Science and Children, 2018
In this article, the author describes two lessons in which students applied the scientific knowledge learned from studying offshore oil drilling to construct a fact-based argument on the topic and then communicate it to their policy makers, since public commentary was solicited. The students practiced using their scientific knowledge to…
Descriptors: Fuels, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans
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Coleman, Julianne; Donovan, Carol – Science and Children, 2018
Scientists must interpret and produce visuals in their work. Scientists also use visual information to communicate their findings to the general public. Visual representations are used in science because of the abstract nature of scientific information as many concepts are unable to be seen with the naked eye. The current educational climate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Visual Stimuli, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Pace, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2018
Research has shown that visual literacy is an important element to use within a classroom (Tillmann 2012). One way to incorporate visual literacy into the science classroom is with the use of advertisements. In this article, Tiffany Pace describes how she and her students began their visual literacy quest while studying mixtures and solutions,…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Science Instruction, Plastics, Science Experiments
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Ippolito, Jacy; Condie, Cami; Blanchette, Jaclyn; Cervoni, Cleti – Science and Children, 2018
Each summer, an elementary school on the New England coast is bustling with elementary students. The students are predominantly English learners (ELs) who struggle with reading, writing, and communication skills. The students are participating in a four-week summer program focused on increasing literacy skills through scientific investigations.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Literacy Education, Science Teachers
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse. This will be the first time the Moon's umbra has touched the continental United States since 1979 and the first totality to span the country coast-to-coast since 1918. From within parts of Oregon and through 14 states to South Carolina, the Moon will completely hide the Sun for a few…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Adams, Krista; Feagin, Shannon – Science and Children, 2017
This article presents a lesson that was designed to explore the scientific descriptions of matter through both the intensive and extensive properties that students successfully added to their vocabulary. Students' examples demonstrated that there were places where their reasoning about matter faltered as related to how the material is the same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Science
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