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Macalalag, Augusto, Jr.; Johnson, Barbara; Johnson, Joseph – Science and Children, 2018
Engaging students in designing, testing, and revising engineering models using mathematical representation of data from scientific investigations helps them embody the science and engineering practices highlighted in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013). The practices of modeling, conducting failure analysis,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Standards, Design, Engineering Education
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Duran, Emilio; Worch, Eric; Boros, Amy; Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2017
One of the most powerful strategies to support next generation science instruction is the use of instructional models. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional model is arguably the most widely used version of a learning cycle in today's classrooms. The use of the 5Es as an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Biology, Science Curriculum
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Mesa, Jennifer; Sorensen, Kirsten – Science and Children, 2016
Inspired by a song to be sung by her daughter's first-grade class in an upcoming musical, a parent volunteer teacher used fireflies as the focus of a science lesson to build on the children's interest and experiences. She developed a 5E lesson (Bybee et al. 2006) using the backwards-design approach (Wiggins and McTighe 2005) to ensure meaningful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 1
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Schiller, Ellen; Melin, Jacque; Bair, Mary – Science and Children, 2016
With the release of the "Next Generation Science Standards," many schools are reexamining the science materials they are using. Textbook companies and kit developers are eager to meet the demand for "NGSS"-aligned teaching materials. Teacher may have been asked to serve on a science curriculum committee, or to evaluate current…
Descriptors: Science Materials, Instructional Materials, Science Curriculum, Science Teachers
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
Since nearly every science curriculum in the country contains a section on living and non-living things, Bill Robertson believes that pretty much anyone who has taught the subject has run into difficulties. It seems as if no matter what criteria you use to distinguish between the two you can nearly always find exceptions. This article provides a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Science Curriculum, Criteria
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Tofel-Grehl, Colby; Litts, Breanne; Searle, Kristin – Science and Children, 2016
Traditionally, electricity and circuits are taught using alligator clips, lightbulbs, batteries, and wires. Although these circuits engage students in building, they don't always provide opportunities for students to deeply explore energy, electricity, polarity, and circuitry. Multimedia Circuits is a curricular unit made up of three projects that…
Descriptors: Energy, Elementary Schools, Equipment, Science Education
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Krajcik, Joe – Science and Children, 2015
Science teaching and learning in the United States are at a pivotal point. "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012b) and the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"; NGSS Lead States 2013) shift science educators' focus from simply teaching science ideas to helping students figure out phenomena and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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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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Carlone, Heidi; Smithenry, Dennis – Science and Children, 2014
Imagine two fourth-grade classes. Both contain students of comparable demographics and highly respected teachers each with four to five years of experience. Both classes engage in science curricula that emphasize science and engineering practices as outlined in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). Both classes…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Curriculum
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Rogers, Meredith Park; Steele, Melonie – Science and Children, 2014
Much has been written about developing outdoor classrooms or how to generate effective and integrated learning using the outdoors. However, with the release of the "Next Generation Science Standards," teachers need to consider how they are going to design their science curriculum to include opportunities for students to learn about core…
Descriptors: Institutes (Training Programs), Elementary School Students, Outdoor Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Houseal, Ana K.; Ellsworth, Peter C. – Science and Children, 2014
The fact that "The Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") are standards and not curriculum (NRC 2012, p. xiv) means that while they tell teachers what to teach, they do not tell them "how" science shall be taught. Ana Houseal and Peter Ellsworth have worked with eight Wyoming school districts on the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Education, Guidelines, Research
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Vardell, Sylvia M.; Wong, Janet S. – Science and Children, 2014
Like science, poetry often involves a high level of abstraction in language and ideas, requiring specific critical-thinking skills and promoting interaction. Casteel and Isom (1994) acknowledge, "The literacy processes are the means by which science content is learned because content information is rooted in written and oral language"…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Enrichment, Poetry, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lee, Eun Ju; Cite, Suleyman; Hanuscin, Deborah – Science and Children, 2014
Many teachers have developed "tried and true" lessons that they look forward to teaching-- mystery powders is one that these authors like. Originally part of the Elementary Science Study curricula in the 1960s, there are now many different versions of this well-known activity in which students examine physical and chemical properties of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science
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Lederman, Judith; Bartels, Selina; Lederman, Norman; Gnanakkan, Dionysius – Science and Children, 2014
With the emergence of the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"; NGSS Lead States 2013), it is apparent that teaching and learning about nature of science (NOS) continues to be an important goal of science education for all K-12 students. With this emphasis on NOS, early childhood teachers are asking how to design…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Teachers
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