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Gooding, Julia; Metz, Bill – Science and Children, 2012
This article presents an engineering challenge that the authors have used for a number of years to kick off the science program. It immediately involves all the children, while setting the tone for inquiry and increased levels of student responsibility. The activity, entitled Construction Conundrum, is a lesson written in the design brief format…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication, Secondary School Science, Workshops
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Victor, Robert C. – Science and Children, 1971
Descriptors: Astronomy, Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Field Instruction
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Conway, John R. – Science and Children, 1984
Provides background information on honey ants. These ants are found in dry or desert regions of North America, Africa, and Australia. Also provides a list of activities using local species of ants. (JN)
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Elementary School Science, Entomology, Insects
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Tubertini, Bettye Sue – Science and Children, 1984
Seventh-grade students attended a weekend "camp-out" in which local scientists and college educators were used to enrich students' learning. Information on planning the camp-out and an annotated schedule of events are presented. (JN)
Descriptors: Camping, Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Outdoor Activities
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Knight, Ruth – Science and Children, 1984
Discusses various ways in which snacks are used as the focal point of science lessons. They include writing a laboratory report after experimenting (and eating) lollipops and preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches following the exact directions supplied by students. (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Food, Junior High Schools
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Lentz, Kathleen A.; Coe, Elisabeth J. – Science and Children, 1984
Presents criteria that science teachers can use to decide where a given classroom activity falls in a continuum from concrete to abstract. The system is intended as a way of selecting appropriate tasks for children based on their previous experiences and their level of development. (JM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning
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Wheatley, Jack – Science and Children, 1983
Lessons on conservation/recycling taught in upper elementary/middle schools often feature a paper recycling activity in which students make new paper from old. Methods to accomplish this are outlined. In addition, the use of the recycled paper for art projects is discussed. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Conservation Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Smith, Walter E. – Science and Children, 1983
Describes physical science activities that civil/mechanical engineers (serving as resource persons) can use with students during units on force, work, center of gravity, simple machines, and other basic mechanics concepts. Activities are adapted from Career Oriented Modules to Explore Topics in Science for grades 5-9 (COMETS). (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Resources, Mechanics (Physics)
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Burns, Joe – Science and Children, 1983
Suggested activities for data collection and manipulation in the middle/junior high school are provided. The activities also help students to learn other process skills such as constructing graphs, describing relationships between variables, and analyzing their investigations. (JN)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Slesnick, Irwin L. – Science and Children, 1983
Discusses and provides questions for use in "Energy Flow in a Wetland," a game in which energy is examined as it passes through a wetland's food chain. Includes full-color, poster-size game board, rules, and an energy loss chart which lists calorie-consuming events organisms encounter during their lives. (JN)
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Games, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Neill, William G. – Science and Children, 1982
Suggests discussion questions, demonstrations, and activities related to a Public Broadcasting Service documentary ("To Hear"). The basic theme of the program is that people don't realize the dangers of excessive noise because it is pervasive and invisible. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Acoustics, Documentaries, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Probasco, George – Science and Children, 1982
Discusses seventh-grade weather activities, including comparison of barometric pressure and temperature charts and launching of postcards attached to three helium-filled balloons. (JN)
Descriptors: Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Meteorology, Science Activities
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Coleman, Dava; Hounshell, Paul B. – Science and Children, 1982
Discusses paper chromatographic techniques and provides examples of typical classroom activities. Includes description of retardation values obtained during chromatography exercises and suggests using them for math lessons. (JN)
Descriptors: Chromatography, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Activities
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Tobin, Kenneth G.; Capie, William – Science and Children, 1982
Describes a 10-step model for analyzing lessons involving data processing, including a set of activities for early elementary and middle school grades. Each set provides examples of relevant questions, directions, and explanations. (Author/DC)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle Schools, Models
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Zipko, Stephen J. – Science and Children, 1982
Describes an interdisciplinary, month-long minicourse project focusing on the gypsy moth. The project provided students with opportunities to develop analytical and problem-solving skills while studying content from entomology, botany, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, math, art, law, political science, history, English, consumer studies, and…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Entomology
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