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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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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, 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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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2014
A convenient place to begin discussing overall wind patterns on Earth is to explain coastal winds. If you live near the coast (that would be near an ocean) or even near a large lake, you probably know the general pattern of winds there. During the day, breezes tend to blow from the water in toward the land, and at night, this tends to reverse,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Weather, Earth Science, Teaching Methods
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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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Shewell, John – Science and Children, 1994
Describes historical accounts of the manipulation and importance of the Earth and its mineral resources. A foldout, "Out of the Rock," provides a collection of activities and information that helps make integration of the aforementioned concepts easy. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Learning Activities
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McMath, Joan; King, Margaret – Science and Children, 1993
Describes using picture books and science activities in early childhood science instruction. Suggests titles of books and activities for the following topics: Time for Pets; Environmental Awareness; Dinosaurs Galore; Nighttime Science; Simple Machines; Insect Collections; Snowy Days; Water, Water, Everywhere; and Experimental Activities. (PR)
Descriptors: Biology, Content Area Reading, Earth Science, Elementary School Science
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Scarnati, James T. – Science and Children, 1993
Describes a contemporary adaptation of the "Footprint Puzzle," whigh was first developed in the 1960s for the Earth Science Curriculum Project. Students sequentially look at three frames of track drawings. For each frame, students first list observations and then make inferences about the observations. (PR)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Inferences
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Domel, Rue – Science and Children, 1993
Describes activities to help students understand pH scales and acid rain. (PR)
Descriptors: Acid Rain, Air Pollution, Chemistry, Earth Science