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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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Stroud, Wesley – Science and Children, 2018
All educators want their classrooms to be inviting areas that support investigations. However, a common mistake is to fill learning spaces with items or objects that are set up by the teacher or are simply "for show." This type of setting, although it may create a comfortable space for students, fails to stimulate investigations and…
Descriptors: Animals, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Science Instruction
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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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Gillan, Amy; Raja, Shella – Science and Children, 2016
In light of increasing populations and dwindling natural resources, elementary teachers play a crucial role in ensuring children understand and commit to more sustainable lifestyles. Climate change, growing pressures on global fisheries, and the harmful effects of traditional agricultural methods exacerbate this call. Coupled with this emphasis is…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Animals, Plants (Botany), Elementary School Science
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Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollough, Cherie A.; Moore, Kim – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a two-day lesson in which fifth-grade students took on the role of marine biology scientists, using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to explore human impact on the blue crab ecosystem. The purpose of "Crabby Interactions" was to help students understand the impact of human activities on the local…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Marine Biology
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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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Schiller, Ellen; Melin, Jacque – Science and Children, 2011
Classroom assessment practices have shifted from a focus on checking for students' understanding of memorized material to examining their conceptual understanding as they engage in activities that involve scientific reasoning, inquiry skills, performances, and products. Inquiry-based science has shifted instruction away from teacher-centered,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Active Learning, Grade 5, Science Instruction
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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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Kowalczyk, Donna – Science and Children, 2007
Most children know they should not pollute but have never considered why. One elementary school teacher creates a lesson for third- through fifth-grade students that makes the connection concrete. In the lesson, students consider the possible effects a trash item would have on an animal and its habitat, identifying ways in which the piece of trash…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Writing Skills, Speech Skills, Sanitation
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Braude, Stan – Science and Children, 2007
In this article, the author describes a short activity which introduces third- to fifth-grade students to animal classification. The Tree of Animal Life activity is a simple, sorting exercise that can help them see a bigger picture. The activity sets the stage for learning about animal taxonomy and introduces the characteristics of various animal…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Chessin, Debby; Chessin, Laura – Science and Children, 2006
For Mr. Kim's fifth-grade students, recess is not just for playing and getting exercise! One spring, he observed a small group of his students near their class bluebird box, examining various bird feathers found on the ground. Building on students' natural curiosity, Mr. Kim purchased some feathers for further exploration in the classroom. He was…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Art Teachers, Animals, Art Education