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Flannagan, Jenny Sue – Science and Children, 2019
At any point during the school year, a teacher may find out the gap between what students know and need to learn is not large at all. In fact, formative assessment data may show a handful of students already have mastered the content for a specific unit of study. While some learners will achieve grade-level standards at the pace outline by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Science Activities
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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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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
Matter is an essential science topic that is often challenging to teach at the early elementary levels. Learning about matter helps students develop a solid foundation for more complex concepts that are taught in later years. Make this abstract concept developmentally appropriate for children by engaging them in investigations that focus on…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2017
Why Does It Take Longer to Boil Potatoes at High Altitudes? This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month's issue looks at why water boils at different temperatures at different altitudes.
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Learning Activities
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Bohach, Barbara M.; Meade, Birgitta – Science and Children, 2014
The authors collaborated on hosting a "Spring Inspire Day." planned and delivered by preservice elementary teachers as a social studies/science methods project. Projects that have authentic application opportunities can make learning meaningful for prospective teachers as well as elementary students. With the impetus for an integrated…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Scientific Methodology, Science Activities, Preservice Teachers
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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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Purzer, Senay; Duncan-Wiles, Daphne; Strobel, Johannes – Science and Children, 2013
Hopscotch, basketball, or hide-and-seek? Children have many choices at recess, and while making these choices they must consider and make trade-offs. The way they make these decisions is not that different from the thought processes engineers use when making design trade-offs. Engineers have to make trade-offs because a design that meets all…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Design, Student Projects, Student Journals
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2013
In a remarkably brief period of time, humans have developed technology that allows space travel to become a reality. Rockets have been built, energy systems designed, and planetary forces understood. In the activities described in this article, students investigate space travel by designing their own rockets and manipulating variables to determine…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Space Sciences, Investigations, Physical Sciences
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High, Vance; VanHorn, Laura – Science and Children, 2012
With the pervasiveness of digital technology, elementary students almost instinctively begin inquiry-based instruction with a bias. Visual information from digital devices competes with elementary science inquiry. To counteract this effect, teachers can use advance organizers. The advance organizer is a tool or a mental learning aid to help…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Learning Activities, Advance Organizers, Visual Literacy
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Carlisle, Peggy – Science and Children, 2012
In this article, the author describes a series of lessons that focuses on observation and documentation of organisms and that is appropriate for the second through fourth grades. By giving students the necessary initial support, they will have the ability to observe details and the skills and confidence to make realistic scientific drawings and…
Descriptors: Investigations, Learning Activities, Program Descriptions, Science Process Skills
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Sandifer, Cody – Science and Children, 2011
Pairing an inquiry lesson with a traditional reading activity creates a jarring philosophical mismatch between the interaction, deep thinking, and scientific reasoning that drives meaningful inquiry instruction and the "scan the text, copy the answers" response often obtained from elementary nonfiction readers. Realizing that there must be a…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Interdisciplinary Approach, Grade 5, Inquiry
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Sullivan, Joan; Hatton, Mary – Science and Children, 2011
Family Math and Science Nights engage students and parents in active investigations tied to the curriculum in a fun, informal environment. Through this program, families actively explore math and science ideas, discover together through guided inquiry, and apply their discoveries to solve a problem at the end. All activities are hands-on, use…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Discovery Learning, Discovery Processes, Learning Activities
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Jarrett, Olga – Science and Children, 2010
Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes--to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry--the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available. In this article, the author shares suggestions and a checklist for setting up successful learning stations. In…
Descriptors: Learning Centers (Classroom), Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching
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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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