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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2017
The answer to this month's question, "Can electromagnetic waves affect emotions," is yes. Wherever there are electromagnetic (EM) waves (basically everywhere!), there is the potential for them directly or indirectly to affect the emotions. But what about the likely motivation behind the originally-posed question? Can EM waves affect your…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Physics
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Stansbury, Kristin; Rye, James; Luna, Melissa; Lutz, Aaron – Science and Children, 2017
The authors describe how grade 4 students carried out an investigation about growing cucumbers (members of the curcurbit or gourd family) where they read information sources about seed variety; germinated seeds under different conditions; measured and partitioned growing spaces; collected and analyzed data on germination, true leaf growth, and…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Science Experiments
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Rowlands, Olivia; Hokayem, Hayat; Biediger, Debbie – Science and Children, 2017
"A Framework for K-12 Science Education" emphasizes the need to teach students the core ideas of science through capitalizing on students' curiosity to discover the world around them (NRC 2012). Children's experiences vary, and for educators to engage them in the process of science, they need to think of diverse ways to nourish their…
Descriptors: Science Education, Multiple Literacies, Teaching Methods, Learning Modalities
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Mason, Kevin; Bohl, Heather – Science and Children, 2017
A traditional science notebook is an official record of a scientist's research. Even in today's digital world, it is still common practice for scientists to record their experimental procedures, data, analysis, results, notes, and other thoughts on the right pages of a bound notebook in permanent ink with nothing written on the left side or back…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Journals, Learner Engagement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Wright, Tanya – Science and Children, 2017
There is always debate about when, where, and how to introduce students to vocabulary when teaching science. The authors argue that there is not necessarily a singular correct order or right time to introduce new vocabulary to students. Rather, what is important is that we support students in learning the language they need to engage in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Jargon, Science Process Skills
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Donohue, Kerri; Buck, Gayle – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an informal program in one school where grade K-1 students learn a variety of new science vocabulary words relating to animal characteristics. The students are introduced to a new group of animals and their characteristics through storytelling, games, discussion, and crafts (see Table 1, p. 34). The new vocabulary words are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Russ, Rosemary S.; Conlin, Luke – Science and Children, 2017
Most elementary science teachers would like to give their students opportunities to do science. The "Next Generation Science Standards" and "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NGSS Lead States 2013; NRC 2012) make this goal explicit by requiring that students learn how to engage in the practices of science. Consequently,…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education Programs
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Lipsitz, Kelsey; Cisterna, Dante; Hanuscin, Deborah – Science and Children, 2017
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses using the 5E learning cycle to create coherent storylines. The 5E learning cycle provides an important framework to help teachers organize activities. To realize the full potential of the 5E framework for student learning, lessons must also…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Learning Activities
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Demetrikopoulos, Melissa; Thompson, Wesley; Pecore, John – Science and Children, 2017
Art and science help students investigate light energy and practice fair testing. With the goal of finding a way to save "Beady Kid" from invisible rays, students used science practices to investigate the transfer of light energy from the Sun. During this art-integrated science lesson presented in this article, upper elementary (grades…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Light, Energy
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Grabia, Kathryn; Sandifer, Cody – Science and Children, 2017
In a kindergarten classroom, exclamations like "Oh no!" may be causes for concern. However, when the students in Mrs. Grabia's classroom shouted "Oh no!" and "Uh oh!" during an engineering-infused 5E lesson, it meant that a persistent little robot had pushed its way out of the fences they had created. It also meant…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods
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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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Barth, Katie; Bahr, Damon; Shumway, Steven – Science and Children, 2017
Across the United States, political leaders, educators, and business persons are issuing an urgent call for reform in STEM education (NGSS Lead States 2013). One important response to this call is Integrated STEM, which the National Governor's Association (2007, p. 7) says involves, "... an emphasis on design and problem solving in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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Mangiaracina, Mike – Science and Children, 2017
This 5E cycle of lessons takes students through a fun and thorough study of Silly Putty's properties, progressing from an initial observation of a "melting snowman" toy in the Engage phase to making and "marketing" their own homemade putty in the Evaluate phase. Along the way, students use evidence to construct their own…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Water
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Wilcox, Jesse; Kruse, Jerrid; Clough, Michael – Science and Children, 2017
Even though many educators are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), science often does not receive the attention in elementary school that it should. One way to ensure that elementary school children have the science experiences they need and deserve is to use it as a context to teach…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Grade 3
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