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Bradbury, Leslie; Wilson, Rachel – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, fourth graders investigate the physical and behavioral adaptations of crayfish. Because crayfish are native to the area and many students have experience observing them in local streams, the author decided to use these organisms to explore the relationship between the structure of their various body parts and how those structures…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Grade 4, Animals, Science Instruction
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Larm, Brooke – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes how a farm-based class in the Great Lakes region investigated how plants and animals prepare for winter. Two groups of children, ranging in ages from three to five years old, had a farm, pasture, gardens, forest, and a pond available for exploration. A low teacher-to-child ratio was maintained, with one teacher to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Plants (Botany), Animals, Animal Behavior
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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Brock, Patricia; Dunifon, Sarah; Nagel, Lisa – Science and Children, 2016
This article outlines an integrated STEAM project based on "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate (2012). Elementary students focused on real-world, authentic problems presented in this 2013 Newbery Award-winning novel. The novel deals with difficult issues such as the humane treatment of animals, and has a powerful message of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Elementary School Students, Literacy
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2014
In this article, Bill Robinson describes the three main classifications of gait for animals: (1) Plantigrade--animals that walk on their entire foot; (2) Digitigrade--animals that walk on their "toes"; and (3) Unguligrade--animals that walk on the tips of their toes or hooves. Robinson explains each gait in great detail, but leaves his…
Descriptors: Animals, Classification, Program Descriptions, 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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Lee, Tammy D.; Lubischer, Jane L. – Science and Children, 2014
In this article, Tammy D. Lee and Jane L. Lubischer describe a classroom lesson designed to explore how animals use sound to communicate and how this communication affects their survival. Lee and Lubischer wanted to bring an awareness of how science is happening in students' own backyards. They developed a half-day 5E lesson integrating two…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2010
Dinosaurs are one of those science topics that draw children in and teach them about concepts like measuring and using descriptive language. Learning about dinosaurs, although not hands-on like observing and recording caterpillar growth, develops critical thinking and introduces animal diversity and the relations between body form and function.…
Descriptors: Animals, Paleontology, Animal Behavior, Biological Sciences
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Betteley, Pat – Science and Children, 2009
How do you inspire students to keep records like scientists? Share the primary research of real scientists and explicitly teach students how to keep records--that's how! Therefore, a group of third-grade students and their teacher studied the work of famous primatologist Jane Goodall and her modern-day counterpart Ian Gilby. After learning about…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Parks, Foreign Countries, Scientists
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Silverman, Emily; Coffman, Margaret; Younker, Betty – Science and Children, 2007
This article describes an interdisciplinary, activity-based lesson plan implemented in a third/fourth-grade classroom. During these activities, students use musical concepts to think about, illustrate, and discuss animal behavior, and they use scientific concepts to motivate musical composition and performance. The lesson ends with small group…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Musical Composition, Music, Music Teachers
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2007
Children can have a new favorite animal every week or even every hour. The more familiar the children become with an animal, the more they will be able to understand how its body form and behavior allow it to survive. Learning about the characteristics of organisms and how organisms relate to their environment is part of the National Science…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Instruction, Environmental Influences, Animal Behavior
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Endreny, Anna – Science and Children, 2006
Crayfish, also known as "crawfish" or "crawdads," are easy to keep in the classroom, and with patience and luck, students will observe the complete life cycle of the crayfish. They will also learn about aquatic animals and habitats and get to conduct inquiry experiments about animal behavior. This article describes how a third-grade teacher used…
Descriptors: Animals, Animal Behavior, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Conway, John R. – Science and Children, 1984
Provides background information on honey ants. These ants are found in dry or desert regions of North America, Africa, and Australia. Also provides a list of activities using local species of ants. (JN)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Elementary School Science, Entomology, Insects
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Milson, James L. – Science and Children, 1984
Suggests various observations that can be made while at a zoo, including behavior of animals, adaptations to special environments, locomotion, food type, and physical characteristics. Provides a sample data sheet for animal observations, citing the usefulness of organized observation. (JM)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Biology, Elementary Education
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Burns, Sylvia F. – Science and Children, 1977
Stresses that observation and information processing skills in young children may be enhanced by first hand contact with animals, freedom of time, and careful preparation by teachers for the experience. (CS)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animal Husbandry, Animals, Elementary Education
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