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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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Hance, Trevor; Befus, Kevin – Science and Children, 2015
The idea of building sand castles evokes images of lazy summer days at the beach, listening to waves crash, enjoying salty breezes, and just unplugging for a while to let our inner child explore the wonderful natural toys beneath our feet. The idea of exploring caves might evoke feelings and images of claustrophobia or pioneers and Native…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Earth Science, Concept Teaching, Grade 5
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Lark, Adam; Kramp, Robyne; Nurnberger-Haag, Julie – Science and Children, 2008
Many teachers and students have experienced the classic pet rock experiment in conjunction with a geology unit. A teacher has students bring in a "pet" rock found outside of school, and the students run geologic tests on the rock. The tests include determining relative hardness using Mohs scale, checking for magnetization, and assessing luster.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geology, Science Activities
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Danisa, David; Gentile, Jason; McNamara, Kate; Pinney, Monica; Ross, Sarah; Rule, Audrey C. – Science and Children, 2006
In this article, a group of five preservice teachers and a teacher arranged to try a few activities at their campus day care. Together, they created and tested a series of learning centers involving rocks and minerals. Since minerals occur in such a wonderful variety of colors, they formed the basis for an engaging lesson on color sorting. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Earth Science, Child Care, Preschool Children
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Mangiante, Elaine Silva – Science and Children, 2006
In this article, the author presents an investigative approach to "understanding Earth changes." The author states that students were familiar with earthquakes and volcanoes in other regions of the world but never considered how the land beneath their feet had experienced changes over time. Here, their geology unit helped them understand…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Geology, Field Experience Programs, Science Activities
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Boyer, Robert E.; Butts, David P. – Science and Children, 1971
Describes four elementary school earth science activities. Each student experience is designed to help children answer questions about the ocean floor, continental drift, volcanism and mountain chains. Includes a bibliography of related articles, books, and maps. (JM)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Geology, Instruction
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Quattropani, David J. – Science and Children, 1978
Students at King Philip Junior High School run a rockshop as an alternative to the traditional study hall and science club. (BB)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Geology, Junior High School Students
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Burkman, Nancy E. – Science and Children, 1991
Presented is an in-class earth science activity on the weathering of rocks. The materials, procedures, and results of this activity are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Experiential Learning, Geology
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Freas, Carol – Science and Children, 1991
Presented are interdisciplinary activities that help students to identify minerals and to begin to understand the properties that make each one unique. The concept of individuality is emphasized. Included is a section on minerals and an explanation of their physical characteristics. (KR)
Descriptors: Crystallography, Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Science and Children, 1989
Presented is a poster and article which details the process of obtaining minerals from the earth and refining them for use. On the reverse is a chart of helpful mineralogy information. A list of four information resources is included. (CW)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Geology
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Rice, Dale; Corley, Brenda – Science and Children, 1987
Discusses some of the ways that rocks can be used to enhance children's creativity and their interest in science. Suggests the creation of a dramatic production involving rocks. Includes basic information on sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. (TW)
Descriptors: Dramatics, Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Levine, Ilene J. – Science and Children, 2000
Explains an activity in which students study sedimentary rocks using an inquiry-based approach. Focuses on Content Standard D of the National Science Education Standards (NSES). (YDS)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Electronic Mail, Elementary Education, Evaluation
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Schamp, Homer – Science and Children, 1988
Uses a demonstration done by John Tyndall in 1856 to show that geological processes can produce striking changes, such as slate formation, by slow and incremental means. Explains how Tyndall's demonstration can be replicated in the classroom using paraffin or beeswax to produce the layering change similar to slate. (CW)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Robarge, Thomas J. – Science and Children, 1977
Describes an eighth grade rock exchange project in which small groups of students researched, then wrote letters to schools throughout the United States requesting samples of local rocks and minerals. Provides experience in use of the atlas and letter writing. (CS)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Geology, Instruction, Junior High School Students