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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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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
Observing and documenting elements of weather teach children about using tools and their senses to learn about the environment. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue describes an activity where students indirectly document local weather by counting outdoor clothing types worn…
Descriptors: Weather, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Data Collection
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
In this article, author Bill Robertson attempts to help readers understand some of the Earth's heating and cooling mechanisms and how they relate to global warming. Figures are provided to help facilitate learning.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Earth Science, Heat
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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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Flannagan, Jenny Sue; Sawyer, Margaret – Science and Children, 2015
In this article the authors describe what they call their "Snapshots of Science" program. These mini-lessons of science are taught once a week to all students in the school library. Over the last two years, they have been working to extend the experiences students have in their science classroom into the library. Each week, students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 4, Science Curriculum, School Libraries
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Bush, Sarah B.; Cox, Richard – Science and Children, 2015
The power of 3D printing technology has grown exponentially in just the past few years--people around the world are using 3D printers to prepare food, create tailored clothing, build cars and homes, and advance the medical field in ways that never seemed possible. In classrooms across the nation, 3D printers have become increasingly common because…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering Technology, Printing, Grade 4
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
This column contains exercises to challenge content knowledge. This month's issue discusses static charge buildup.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Science Activities
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Gibb, Heather; Miller-Struttmann, Nicole – Science and Children, 2015
Archaeology provides the chance to ask questions about human culture, past and present, using artifacts as evidence. By studying archaeology, students learn about how people in their region found and prepared food, responded to changes in their environment (e.g., flooding, earthquakes, droughts), and interacted with other peoples. This article…
Descriptors: Archaeology, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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Lott, Kimberly; Read, Sylvia – Science and Children, 2015
All writing begins with ideas, but young students often need visual cues to help them organize their thoughts before beginning to write. For this reason, many elementary teachers use graphic organizers or thinking maps to help students visualize patterns and organize their ideas within the different genres of writing. Graphic organizers such as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Instructional Materials, Science Instruction
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
After completing a science unit on transfer of energy, including how chemical energy from a battery is converted to electrical energy; electrical circuits; and transformation of energy into sound, light, or heat; the students in Mrs. Finlay's fourth-grade science class were challenged to use what they learned to solve a problem. The students…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Engineering Education, Formative Evaluation, Energy
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Tank, Kristina; Moore, Tamara; Strnat, Meg – Science and Children, 2015
This article describes the final lesson within a seven-day STEM and literacy unit that is part of the Picture STEM curriculum (pictureSTEM. org) and uses engineering to integrate science and mathematics learning in a meaningful way (Tank and Moore 2013). For this engineering challenge, students used nature as a source of inspiration for designs to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Integrated Curriculum, Water, Science Activities
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Hoisington, Cynthia; Winokur, Jeff – Science and Children, 2015
Early childhood educators have long debated how science should be introduced and taught to preschoolers. In the current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education climate, this conversation has expanded to include the role of engineering in the preschool curriculum. Instructors and coaches in the professional development…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Children
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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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Gillani, Bijan; Gillani, Roya – Science and Children, 2015
An after-school enrichment activity offered to sixth-grade students gave a group of 10 students an opportunity to explore the effects of the California drought in their community using an engaging scientific device: the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Although this activity was specifically designed for a small after-school enrichment group, it…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Clubs, Enrichment Activities, Environmental Education
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2014
The "Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)" for K-12 have three dimensions--science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts (NGSS Lead States 2013). "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" states, "Crosscutting concepts have value because they provide students with connections and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Cognitive Mapping, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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