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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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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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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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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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Marcoux, Mary F. – Science and Children, 1990
Described are activities using ants. Ant hunting, a list of books on the topic, information, and ant farming are included. The procedures for assembling and maintenance of an ant farm are presented. (KR)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Hodges, Jody L. – Science and Children, 1991
Described is a science curriculum enrichment program where sixth grade students present programs to other students on the topics of pets and exotic animals. The use of live animals in the presentations is emphasized. (KR)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary School Science, Experiential Learning
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Welch, J. Edward, Jr. – Science and Children, 1994
Presents an overview of an interdisciplinary animal behavior unit on wolves, including aspects of science, social studies, and language arts. Includes sources of wolf information. (MKR)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
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Kramer, David C. – Science and Children, 1984
Discusses several points that teachers should consider when planning to keep animals in the classroom. Selecting and obtaining the animals, safety and legal considerations, food and feeding, water, housing, day-to-day care, and what to do with animals when a project or school year is over are among the areas examined. (JN)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animal Facilities, Animals, Elementary Education
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Faison, Hawthorne; Roberts, Albert G. – Science and Children, 1984
Describes a program which focuses on the care and study of animals. The program, part of a grades K-6 science curriculum, emphasizes science process skills and encourages students to develop a questioning attitude about the world while they gain a sizable amount of background information about the animal world. (JN)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education
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Kramer, David C., Ed. – Science and Children, 1984
Describes the characteristics, care, feeding, housing, and diet of garter snakes. Includes tips on using the snakes for short-term classroom projects and brief comments on handling snakes. (JN)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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McDonald, Charlotte J. – Science and Children, 1987
Provides suggestions for activities that focus on earthworms. Includes observational exercises on earthworms' reactions to light and touch. (ML)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Biology, Elementary Education