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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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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's issue has students experience nature by examining how seeds are transported from one location to another or consider what it takes for organisms to survive in an environment. Both activities allow elementary-age children to think about how outdoor spaces can be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature
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Science and Children, 2017
The editors of "Science and Children" invite readers to explore the 2016 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books. The list builds upon a 44-year history of identifying the very best science books for children. In the award-winning titles provided in this article, readers will find traditional science content as well as engineering and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Books
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Presser, Ashley Lewis; Kamdar, Danae; Vidiksis, Regan; Goldstein, Marion; Dominguez, Ximena; Orr, Jillian – Science and Children, 2017
Many preschool classrooms explore plant growth. However, because many plants take a long time to grow, it is often hard to facilitate engagement in some practices (i.e., since change is typically not observable from one day to another, children often forget their prior predictions or cannot recall what plants looked like days or weeks earlier).…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Preschool Children, Prediction, Science Experiments
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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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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Caballero, Ana Maria; Dashoush, Nermeen – Science and Children, 2017
The Arnold Arboretum Field Study Program provides outdoor experiences for children in order to develop authentic firsthand knowledge of life sciences. The Arboretum welcomes approximately 3,200 children (preK-5) from greater Boston annually. During the program called Explorations with Head Start participants, the children visit three times…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Eastburn, Mark; Ackerman, Andrea; Jones, Bevan – Science and Children, 2017
Nothing captures children's attention more than a living animal, and the more exotic its appearance, the greater the effect. Some of the most exotic-looking creatures, such as toads, frogs, and turtles, can be found near schools, and even in cities, reptiles and amphibians (commonly known as "herps") usually aren't far. Teachers may also…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Animals, Zoology, Outdoor Education
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Carroll, Kimberly; Scott, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) bring new attention to the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the preK-3 curriculum. However, research indicates that early-childhood preservice teachers feel ill-prepared to teach STEM due to a lack of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. The goal of teacher…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Teachers
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Tank, Kristina M.; Raman, D. Raj; Lamm, Monica H.; Sundararajan, Sriram; Estapa, Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching. This month's issue describes preservice elementary teachers learning engineering principles from engineers. Few elementary teachers have experience with implementing engineering into the classroom. While engineering professional development opportunities for inservice teachers…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Faculty Development
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Bills, Patricia; Kulkarni, Madhura; Hart, Reeda Stamper – Science and Children, 2017
Students in Mrs. Wilson's fourth-grade classroom watch in anticipation as the guest teacher, Ms. Davis, demonstrates binary signaling using a lightbulb that flashes when she holds it in her hands. She challenges them to guess what she is trying to "say" while making the lightbulb flash on and off, explaining that the lightbulb stands for…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Grade 4, Teaching Methods, Standards
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Counsell, Shelly; Jacobs, Kristine; Gatewood, Stephanie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes the kindergarten unit on environmental awareness, "Who Wants to Live and Grow in a Garbage Dump?," which integrated life science, health and nutrition concepts, and relationships around the topic of "soil." Science Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM) activities used in the lesson plans were…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Environmental Education, Soil Science, Nutrition
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Harris, Emily; Rosenman, Amelia – Science and Children, 2017
Teachers who participate in the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) at the California Academy of Sciences commit to intensive professional development--that is, two two-week summer sessions, four evening workshops, and four Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings throughout each school year--focused on creating more…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Workshops, Communities of Practice
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Pike, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
In this article, the author describes how a partnership was established to bring science and education majors together with elementary school children in an after-school STEM program. This partnership allowed preservice teachers and science majors to have fun with science and to learn science informally, in a nonclassroom, low-stress…
Descriptors: Scientists, Preservice Teachers, STEM Education, Elementary School Students
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Vick, Matthew – Science and Children, 2017
Learning to teach elementary science well is not only a goal for preservice teachers. This article describes a partnership that has led to an on-site science methods course in an elementary school library that blends pedagogical instruction with practical classroom time to the benefit of inservice and preservice teachers. In the course, both sets…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teachers, Faculty Development
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