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Hollen, Shawna; Toney, Jaime L.; Bisaccio, Daniel; Haberstroh, Karen Marie; Herbert, Timothy – Science and Children, 2011
The authors combined content-driven and inquiry-based lessons into the framework of problem-based learning (PBL). They did this in eight third- through sixth-grade classrooms--two each from grades 3-5, one from sixth grade, and one mixed-grade special education. These older elementary students explored a local problem of lobsters infected by…
Descriptors: Diseases, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science
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Sterling, Donna R. – Science and Children, 2010
Children are naturally curious about the world in which they live. To focus this sense of wonder, have your students investigate their local habitat as it changes over the year. This multiseason study will build connections and add relevance to the habitats that children learn about. This series of activities for grades 4-6 explores the changing…
Descriptors: Animals, Grade 4, Natural Resources, Ecology
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McGregor, Debbie; Precious, Wendy – Science and Children, 2010
The setting: the science classroom. The characters: you and your students. The scene: Your students acting out scientific discoveries, modeling a frog's life cycle, mimicking the transition from liquid to solid. This is "dramatic science", a teaching approach that uses acting techniques to explore and develop young children's ideas about…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Science Instruction
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Jones, Marla Wagner – Science and Children, 2009
A piece of children's literature can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning science; however, it takes more than reading about a topic to qualify as "doing science." Inspired by the book, "The Gift of the Tree", the author developed an in-depth interdisciplinary lesson for her sixth-grade students without diluting the science. Through this…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Hands on Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods