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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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Bucci, Karen – Science and Children, 2018
In this article, Karen Bucci describes how she incorporated her iPad with the wireless SmartScope iGO microscope and Wi-Viewer app to teach her fourth-grade class the science module "Ecosystems" by National Science Resources Center's Science and Technology for Children (STC) (1996, 2005). A main idea in the unit is the importance of…
Descriptors: Water, Recreational Facilities, Ecology, Educational Technology
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Zydney, Janet; Schaen, Richard – Science and Children, 2018
In their role as careful observers of nature, citizen scientists are helping to "answer the most challenging ecological and environmental questions, addressing issues that affect everyday lives" (McKinley et al. 2015). They help answer these questions by providing scientists with a large pool of data that can be analyzed (National…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Ecology
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Rowlands, Olivia; Hokayem, Hayat; Biediger, Debbie – Science and Children, 2017
"A Framework for K-12 Science Education" emphasizes the need to teach students the core ideas of science through capitalizing on students' curiosity to discover the world around them (NRC 2012). Children's experiences vary, and for educators to engage them in the process of science, they need to think of diverse ways to nourish their…
Descriptors: Science Education, Multiple Literacies, Teaching Methods, Learning Modalities
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Pike, Lisa; Rentsch, Jeremy – Science and Children, 2017
This math activity focuses on experimental design while connecting math with life science. It is important that the science and engineering practices (SEPs) are not taught as a separate "unit" but integrated within the curriculum wherever possible. The focus is on experimental design to teach animal behavior. Students predict and test…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Herron, Julie; Foster, Andrea – Science and Children, 2017
In this featured lesson, entitled "Fishy Feeding Frenzy," fourth-grade students engage in a classic science activity that requires them to experience the interdependent relationships of organisms in an ecosystem. The students explore how adaptations increase the survival of a member of a species by participating in an active "fishy…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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Brkich, Katie; Allen, Melony; Huffling, Lacey; Matthews, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
"Hop to It," a week-long herpetology-focused summer STEM camp for rising fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade girls, provided young females with authentic, hands-on science experiences, allowing them to develop the habits of thought and processes of action used by STEM field experts while also engaging and sustaining their interest in the…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Females
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Walker, Caryn; Ethington, Roberta L.; Stark, Alyssa Y. – Science and Children, 2016
Everyone has problems, from the smallest ant competing for a food source to the largest elephant needing to cool down. Fortunately, organisms have structures that function to help them solve these problems. So when a group of fourth-grade students look for solutions to their problems, who do they turn to? A biological champion, of course! Plants…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Plants (Botany), Animals, Science Instruction
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Merricks, Jessica; Henderson, Jennifer – Science and Children, 2014
Sound is typically thought of something that is heard. Can it be seen or felt? Most students experience the noises that surround them in everyday life, but few stop to think about what sound is, how it travels, and the biological challenges associated with perceiving sound. Since students are already familiar with everyday sounds, inquiry-based…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Grade 4
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Gilbert, Amy V.; Johns, Katherine E. – Science and Children, 2014
In supporting students toward literacy, teachers must provide experiences that support the formation of informed understandings of the nature of science (NOS), as well as a structure for developing evidence-based explanations. In this article the authors describe how they guided their students through this learning cycle to answer the essential…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Hefty, Lukas – Science and Children, 2014
This article describes how one class at Douglas Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, a center for engineering and mathematics, incorporated an Engineering Design Process into its curriculum. At Jamerson Elementary, all students in kindergarten through fifth grade engage in teacher-created, integrated engineering units of study,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2011
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. The author discusses the formative assessment probe "Pond Water," which reveals how elementary children will often apply what they know about animal structures to newly discovered microscopic organisms, connecting their knowledge of the familiar to the unfamiliar through…
Descriptors: Animals, Formative Evaluation, Field Tests, Grade 5
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Cooper, Sandi; Thomas, Julie; Motley, Tammy – Science and Children, 2011
Recently, a group of fourth graders joined "Pintail Partners"--a year-long collaborative research effort of scientists, students, classroom teachers, preservice teachers, museum educators, and university professors. Students and teachers followed satellite tracking data (marking the pintail duck's spring migration) and interacted with scientists…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Weather, Science Activities, Museums
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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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