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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse. This will be the first time the Moon's umbra has touched the continental United States since 1979 and the first totality to span the country coast-to-coast since 1918. From within parts of Oregon and through 14 states to South Carolina, the Moon will completely hide the Sun for a few…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
This year marks 38 years since any part of the continental United States was darkened by the Moon's umbral shadow. During this "eclipse drought," no U.S. residents except those on Hawaii's Big Island in 1991 have had the opportunity to observe totality without traveling abroad. The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (TSE2017, August 21, 2017) is…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Astronomy, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Barth, Katie; Bahr, Damon; Shumway, Steven – Science and Children, 2017
Across the United States, political leaders, educators, and business persons are issuing an urgent call for reform in STEM education (NGSS Lead States 2013). One important response to this call is Integrated STEM, which the National Governor's Association (2007, p. 7) says involves, "... an emphasis on design and problem solving in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Kitagawa, Laura – Science and Children, 2016
What is the Sun? What effect does it have on the Earth? How do we protect ourselves from the Sun's harmful rays? These are a few of the questions the author wanted her kindergarten students to explore regarding the Sun and solar energy. Using the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) framework that notes kindergarten students should…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Energy, Radiation, Hands on Science
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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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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
This task asks readers to figure out why when you stir a cup of hot liquid and tap on the side of the cup with a spoon, the pitch of sound starts low and ends up high. The solution to last month's tasks relating to the circumference of the Earth and how many stars are in the (visible) sky is also presented.
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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Kurson, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2014
This article describes an integrated unit designed to teach second graders about the phases of the Moon. The science department at the author's school had been reshaping their curriculum to match their state standards as well as the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"). Their primary goal was for students to be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Astronomy
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Gillman, Joan – Science and Children, 2013
To capture students' excitement and engage their interest in rocketships and visiting planets in the solar system, the author designed lessons that give students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of developing straw rockets, and then observing which design can travel the longest distance. The lessons are appropriate for…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Lesson Plans, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Hilson, Margilee P. – Science and Children, 2012
A bunny rabbit playfully hops across the wall. Then hands realign and fingers shift to make a hawk soar toward the ceiling. Most children have enjoyed the delightful experience of playing with shadow puppets. The authors build on this natural curiosity to help students link shadows to complex astronomical concepts such as seasons. The…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Science Instruction, Grade 4, Elementary School Science
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Thomas, Jeff; White, Katie – Science and Children, 2012
Science Night--everybody wants one, but how does a teacher make it happen? To promote connections between schools, families, and communities, the authors organized a unique learning opportunity by combining three community partners' efforts and strengths. The school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) coordinated and sponsored a science night for…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Teacher Associations, Science Instruction, Partnerships in Education
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Keppler, Mary Lee – Science and Children, 2012
Summer brings to mind the joys of vacation and spending time outdoors. The author looks forward to the summer months, particularly June--that's when they hold Junior Naturalist Camp at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. While she enjoys each day of camp, one in particular really brings out her inner student--Solar…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Energy, Summer Programs, Day Camp Programs
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Comstock, Diane – Science and Children, 2008
Space Week focuses on concepts that enable students to make concrete observations in the early grades (K-2) and move to concepts that help students develop their internet research and writing skills in middle and upper grades (Grades 3-5), and culminates with the development of science investigation design skills (Grade 6). To help launch your…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Writing Skills, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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Young, Timothy; Guy, Mark – Science and Children, 2008
In this article, the authors present a new way of teaching the phases of the Moon. Through the introduction of a "self shadow" (an idea of a shadow that is not well-known), they illuminate students' understanding of the phases of the Moon and help them understand the distinction between the shadows that cause eclipses and the shadows that relate…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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Schuster, Dwight – Science and Children, 2008
Physical models in the classroom "cannot be expected to represent the full-scale phenomenon with complete accuracy, not even in the limited set of characteristics being studied" (AAAS 1990). Therefore, by modifying a popular classroom activity called a "planet walk," teachers can explore upper elementary students' current understandings; create an…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Astronomy, Space Sciences, Science Activities
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Olson, Joanne K. – Science and Children, 2008
Research indicates that people more easily understand abstractions when they are preceded by concrete representations (Lawson 2002). This article describes how educators can use science representations to help students form lasting understandings of abstract concepts. A spectrum illustrating some commonly used representation types and their level…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Activities, Children
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