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Hatton, Mary; Grimbilas, Sara; Kane, Caroline; Kenyon, Tara – Science and Children, 2019
Will spring be early next year? This is a question the authors ponder each fall as they prepare for a yearlong citizen science project with kindergartners. Citizen science projects naturally promote the development of science and engineering practices. These projects can be integrated at any grade level and aligned to meet other content areas as…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Interests, Gardening, Plants (Botany)
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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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Sisk-Hilton, Stephanie; Metz, Kathleen; Berson, Eric – Science and Children, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") challenge prevalent beliefs that young children are "not ready" to understand natural selection, introducing core aspects in grades 1, 2, and 3 (NGSS Lead States 2013). The authors' research and teaching team engaged in a multiyear project to understand how early grades…
Descriptors: Evolution, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education
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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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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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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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Eastburn, Mark; Ackerman, Andrea; Jones, Bevan – Science and Children, 2017
Nothing captures children's attention more than a living animal, and the more exotic its appearance, the greater the effect. Some of the most exotic-looking creatures, such as toads, frogs, and turtles, can be found near schools, and even in cities, reptiles and amphibians (commonly known as "herps") usually aren't far. Teachers may also…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Animals, Zoology, Outdoor Education
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Shorter, Angela; Segers, Marcia – Science and Children, 2016
How can an engineer design a bird feeder that attracts many birds? This question resulted from kindergarten students' observations of the bird feeders in their school's bird sanctuary. The challenging question is the heart of project-based learning (PBL), a teaching strategy in which students tackle real-world problems and design projects to solve…
Descriptors: Ornithology, Recreational Activities, Science Activities, Science Education
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Deaton, Cynthia; Hardin, Catherine – Science and Children, 2014
One way to encourage students to interact with science content and materials is to make science relevant and meaningful. By focusing on the school yard as the context for science lessons and activities, teachers can incorporate students' interest in learning outdoors and help students make connections between science content discussed in…
Descriptors: Ecology, Outdoor Education, Science Education, Grade 2
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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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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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Smith, Cynthia; Landry, Melinda – Science and Children, 2013
Kindergarten students have an amazing capacity for wonder and inquisitiveness--two important characteristics for future scientists. Much of what young students "know" about the natural world stems from their daily interactions with peers, adults, the outdoors, and the media. What can be especially challenging to uncover and redirect are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Kindergarten, Animals, Misconceptions
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2013
Children may not be aware of the origin of much of their food, especially if they eat mostly processed foods. Schools that operate a garden are able to teach children how common foods are parts of plants. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. In this month's issue students focus on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Food, Gardening, Elementary School Science
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Moore, Molly; Wolf, Deborah; Butler, Virginia L. – Science and Children, 2012
Children often associate the study of bones with dinosaurs or crime scenes. This unit introduces students to "zooarchaeology," the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Students in grades 3-5 engage in hands-on activities examining bones, shells, and other "hard parts" of animals. They use their observations as a starting point for…
Descriptors: Animals, Paleontology, Science Process Skills, Inferences
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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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