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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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Gumpert, Mindy; McConell, William – Science and Children, 2019
Students with disabilities spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education 2017). However, these students consistently underperform in science. This highlights the importance of using effective differentiated instruction. According to Mastropieri and colleagues (2006), differentiated instruction…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Science Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Grade 3
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Adelmund, Donna; Uhlenberg, Jill – Science and Children, 2019
Fidget spinners have become a fixation among school children and adults. Pappas (2017) hails spinners as both a boon to stress relief and a constraint on the ability to focus in persons with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism. Spinners can be a distraction in school classrooms, to the point that many schools have banned…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism
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Mendez, James; Baird, Kate; Patino, Greicy – Science and Children, 2019
Picture this: a PhD chemist, PhD science educator, and a preservice Latina elementary educator walk into an aftercare program for primary and intermediate students from a rural school. These students are identified as low income and at risk and therefore eligible to participate in this school-provided aftercare. While across the state, these same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, After School Programs, Low Income Students, At Risk Students
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Coffey, Debra – Science and Children, 2016
The "Next Generation Science Standards'" ("NGSS") eight scientific and engineering practices invite teachers to develop key investigative skills while addressing important disciplinary science ideas (NGSS Lead States 2013). The "NGSS" can also provide direct links to "Common Core English Language Arts…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Reading Comprehension
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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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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
The abstract nature of physical science concepts often means that they are the most challenging for elementary students to grasp. Understanding how light behaves allows students to form a foundation for their future understanding. This month's trade books and activities engage students in basic concepts related to light.
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Wampfler, Rebecca; Haroldson, Rachelle – Science and Children, 2016
Units on static electricity and electrical charges are always a third-grade favorite, with students finding the inquiry and hands-on activities, well, electrifying. However, teachers planning a unit on static electricity may find it difficult to navigate around latex bans. While latex allergy is a serious issue, removing balloons from the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Scientific Concepts
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Miranda, Rommel J.; Hermann, Ronald S. – Science and Children, 2015
Any assessment activity can help student learning if it provides information that both teachers and students can use as feedback in assessing themselves. However, such assessment only becomes "formative" assessment when teachers actually use the feedback to adapt their teaching to meet the learning needs of students. This column provides…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Summative Evaluation, Science Instruction
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Yarema, Sandra; Grueber, David; Ferreira, Maria – Science and Children, 2014
Teachers in districts with high rates of poverty and low-achieving schools often lament the lack of resources for instruction. However, when a teacher in a third-grade inner-city classroom began a lesson about natural resources by saying, "We will find out what we know before we start," she used a precious resource--students' ideas.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Cultural Influences, Urban Schools, Poverty
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Hawkins, Susan; Rogers, Meredith Park – Science and Children, 2014
This lesson addresses the three dimensions of science learning as laid out in the "Next Generation Science Standards"--science and engineering process skills, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas--in addition to embedding practical exposure to NOS tenets in an inquiry-based activity. In addition to the efficiency component,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Merwade, Venkatesh; Eichinger, David; Harriger, Bradley; Doherty, Erin; Habben, Ryan – Science and Children, 2014
While the science of sound can be taught by explaining the concept of sound waves and vibrations, the authors of this article focused their efforts on creating a more engaging way to teach the science of sound--through engineering design. In this article they share the experience of teaching sound to third graders through an engineering challenge…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Acoustics, Scientific Concepts, Grade 3
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Bliss, Angela; Bell, Elizabeth; Spence, Lundie – Science and Children, 2013
Oranges, flying disks, pool noodles, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe may seem like items discarded after a Rube Goldberg experiment, but in fact, these objects were used in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This article describes a project in which The Center of Ocean Sciences Education Excellence SouthEast (COSEE SE)…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Creghan, Kathleen Adair; Creghan, Casey – Science and Children, 2013
Nothing satisfies a teacher more than seeing a smile of delight on students' faces when they turn over their test paper to reveal a successful score. In today's world of standardized testing, some elementary science teachers may struggle to help students move from active engagement in hands-on science experiences to high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Science Achievement, Achievement Gains
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Walters, Debi Molina; Oliver, Jill – Science and Children, 2013
When teachers, parents, and community members work together, children benefit (Henderson and Mapp 2002). This is especially true when the collaboration is coordinated and focused as it was for the Greenteam, a science ecology club and an event created by a network of educators, elementary students, and science professionals. The club and a…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Science Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
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