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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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Clough, Kaitlin; Kruse, Jerrid; Wilcox, Jesse – Science and Children, 2019
As part of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (K-LS1-1), students are expected to develop an understanding of what living things need in order to live and grow. The lessons provided in this article help students understand the difference between living and nonliving things, and help them acquire important background knowledge to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Presser, Ashley Lewis; Dominguez, Ximena; Goldstein, Marion; Vidiksis, Regan; Kamdar, Danae – Science and Children, 2019
Investigating real-world phenomena in a playful, exploratory setting is a natural process for young children. Teachers can capitalize on children's curiosity to foster their understanding of science ideas and their engagement in science practices, such as predicting, experimenting, observing, comparing, and contrasting. Force and motion…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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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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Bhattacharya, Devarati; Adams, Krista L.; Mittelstet, Tammera J. – Science and Children, 2018
Scientific modeling, the practice of creating models such as "diagrams, analogies, and simulations" (NGSS Lead States 2013) allows students to develop and revise their own representations of the natural world and use them to generate predictions and explanations about scientific phenomenon. Research provides evidence for elementary…
Descriptors: Learning Centers (Classroom), Models, Science Instruction, Grade 2
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Adams, Krista; Feagin, Shannon – Science and Children, 2017
This article presents a lesson that was designed to explore the scientific descriptions of matter through both the intensive and extensive properties that students successfully added to their vocabulary. Students' examples demonstrated that there were places where their reasoning about matter faltered as related to how the material is the same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Science
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Smith, Janette – Science and Children, 2017
Young students need opportunities to develop their conceptual understanding of properties of matter. By providing students with inquiry activities, we lay the groundwork necessary for students to grasp the challenging concepts associated with learning about the periodic table in middle school. In this 5E activity (Bybee 2009), fifth-grade students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Science Activities
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Forrest, Lorrie; Hechter, Richard – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an activity designed to foster an authentic way for students to learn about the biodiversity in their community. The activity is a half year scaffolding sequence to explore the living environment right outside the classroom. In using the outdoors just outside the window as a classroom, an inquiry based activity accomplished…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Biological Sciences, Science Activities, Biodiversity
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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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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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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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Menon, Deepika; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2016
From the earliest days of their lives, children are exposed to all kinds of sound, from soft, comforting voices to the frightening rumble of thunder. Consequently, children develop their own naïve explanations largely based upon their experiences with phenomena encountered every day. When new information does not support existing conceptions,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Acoustics
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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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Sterling, Donna R.; Hargrove, Dori L. – Science and Children, 2014
With crosscutting concepts such as stability and change in the "Next Generation Science Standards," this article was written for those who have wondered how to teach these concepts in a way that is relevant to students. In this investigation, students ask the question, "Why is the pond dirty?" As students investigate the health…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods
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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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