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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kramer, David C. – Science and Children, 1987
Describes the distinctive features of the common snapping turtle. Discusses facts and misconceptions held about the turtle. Provides guidelines for proper care and treatment of a young snapper in a classroom environment. (ML)
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