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Edelen, Daniel; Bush, Sarah B.; Nickels, Megan – Science and Children, 2019
Because students have often been conditioned as passive learners and receivers of knowledge, it can be difficult for them to persevere in solving authentic problems. Nevertheless, teachers must persist in preparing students as problem solvers and critical thinkers. In an urban inner-city neighborhood school in the southeast, students embarked on a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Westfall, Seth Marie – Science and Children, 2018
The lack of time available to adequately teach everything expected throughout the days and weeks in a school year is a major concern for many elementary teachers. The heavy focus on reading, writing, and mathematics leaves little time for science and social studies instruction. However, science is an integral part of preparation for college and…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Writing Instruction
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month's issue students study landscape surfaces to recognize changes due to human impacts or natural phenomena.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Science Education
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Baldwin, Kathryn; Wilson, Allison – Science and Children, 2017
Having high-quality early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and later years continues to be an ever increasing national priority. While the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") do not provide standards for preschool, there are ample opportunities to use the Standards as a guide to…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Outdoor Education, Earth Science, Science Process Skills
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Bradley, Barbara A. – Science and Children, 2017
Children enjoy water play, and kindergarten children can learn about the water cycle. Teachers are already introducing elements of the water cycle when discussing weather and bodies of water. The water cycle also can be a springboard for teaching children about plants and animals and the importance of water for sustaining life and shaping our…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Water, Earth Science
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's issue shows that allowing students to use both photographs and information presented through technology helps them begin to construct an understanding of landforms and bodies of water and use models to describe these concepts. This months trade books are: (1) "Our…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science, Science Activities
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Peters, Mackenzie; Scott, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
Computers, laptops, interactive whiteboards, and iPads make regular appearances in our daily lessons, but are they being used to their fullest potential? In an effort to use technology with students in a meaningful way, the authors incorporated a free app and online graphing resource into a second-grade lesson on the characteristics of a lake…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Grade 2, Computer Software, Elementary School Students
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Magruder, Robin; Rosenauer, Julia – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a second grade science enrichment unit with a focus on human impact, both positive and negative, on the living and nonliving components of the local watershed. Investigating the local watershed gave the unit a personal and pragmatic connection to students' lives because they depend on the local watershed for what they need…
Descriptors: Science Education, Enrichment Activities, Grade 2, Units of Study
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
This column contains exercises to challenge content knowledge. This month's issue discusses ways to remove CO[subscript 2] from the atmosphere.
Descriptors: Earth Science, Pollution, Climate, Scientific Concepts
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. Elementary students are beginning to understand the Earth's natural processes and humans' impact on the Earth. Humans need the natural resources that the Earth produces, use these resources to develop civilizations, and make decisions to offset the damage they cause, as well as…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2016
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. The formative assessment probe in this month's issue can be used as an initial elicitation before students are introduced to the formal concepts of weathering and erosion.
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month's issue discusses electromagnetic waves.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Earth Science, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Colson, Mary; Colson, Russ – Science and Children, 2016
Mary Colson is an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at Horizon Middle School, and Russ Colson is a professor of geology and Earth science education in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead, both in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since her first year in teaching eighth grade Earth science, in 1986,…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Lesson Plans, Questioning Techniques, Scientific Literacy
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
We all experience firsthand many of the phenomena caused by Earth's Place in the Universe (Next Generation Science Standard 5-ESS1; NGSS Lead States 2013) and the relative motion of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Young children can investigate phenomena such as changes in times of sunrise and sunset (number of daylight hours), Moon phases, seasonal…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Earth Science, Standards, Astronomy
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
December brings the winter solstice, the day with the shortest amount of sunlight for the northern hemisphere. Students can notice the pattern of days getting darker earlier across the United States up to this point and then notice as the amount of sunlight starts to increase in the following months. Through making observations and collecting data…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Observation, Astronomy
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