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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse (TSE2017) will occur on August 21 this year--the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since 1979. For many reasons, this is a scientific and educational milestone event of the highest magnitude that should not be missed by any teacher and student whether or not their school is in session…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Elementary School Science, Teaching Methods
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Robinson, Ariel – Science and Children, 2017
Although the "Next Generation Science Standards" and "Common Core State Standards" do not extend to prekindergarten, early learning experiences are vital to preparing young children entering kindergarten with the background knowledge, technical vocabulary, resourcefulness, and dispositions for inquiry that are the foundations…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Teaching Methods, Preschool Children, Scientific Concepts
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Fulton, Lori – Science and Children, 2017
Writing in science is a natural way to integrate science and literacy and meet the goals set by the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") and the "Common Core State Standards" ("CCSS"), which call for learners to be engaged with the language of science. This means that students should record…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Writing Instruction
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Peters, Mackenzie; Scott, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
Computers, laptops, interactive whiteboards, and iPads make regular appearances in our daily lessons, but are they being used to their fullest potential? In an effort to use technology with students in a meaningful way, the authors incorporated a free app and online graphing resource into a second-grade lesson on the characteristics of a lake…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Grade 2, Computer Software, Elementary School Students
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's trade books teach students about external and internal structures that allow animals and humans to survive. This months trade books are: (1) "Creature Features" (Steve Jenkins and Robin Page); and (2) "Body Actions" (Shelley Rotner and David A.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Animals
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
This year marks 38 years since any part of the continental United States was darkened by the Moon's umbral shadow. During this "eclipse drought," no U.S. residents except those on Hawaii's Big Island in 1991 have had the opportunity to observe totality without traveling abroad. The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (TSE2017, August 21, 2017) is…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Astronomy, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (TSE2017) will occur on August 21 in the continental United States, bringing totality to this area for the first time since 1979. The Moon's umbra will traverse from Oregon to South Carolina in about 90 minutes, bringing an eerie darkness to 14 states coast-to-coast and a partial eclipse to every part of the country…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Safety, Safety Equipment
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Himschoot, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2017
Evidence is mounting that children have decreasing exposure to the natural world, which makes sense as the population of the planet urbanizes and many interests and assignments involve digital technology. According to the United Nations, 54% of the world's population now live in cities (2014), and a 2010 study by the Kaiser Health Foundation found…
Descriptors: Science Education, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Students, Merchandise Information
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Hurst, Anna; Plummer, Julia; Gurton, Suzanne; Schatz, Dennis – Science and Children, 2017
On August 21, 2017, sky gazers all across North America will experience a total solar eclipse, arguably the most breathtaking of all astronomical phenomena. The August eclipse is an ideal astronomical event to observe with young children because it allows them to observe a powerful and easily accessible astronomical phenomenon. Observing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Scientific Research, Safety
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to human life and the benefits of a diverse ecosystem are not often obvious to young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. The objective in this month's issue is to introduce children to the diversity of plant life in a given area through a plant…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Science Instruction, Primary Education, Plants (Botany)
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2017
Everyone has an aunt or grandfather or other relative who can tell when the weather is changing because his or her joints start to ache or an old injury begins to hurt. This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month's issue focuses on three major weather factors and how they affect the human…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Human Body, Weather, Injuries
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Kruse, Jerrid; Wilcox, Jesse – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. In this issue the authors discuss a design project they have used with upper elementary students (grades 4-6). They note ways to engage students in thinking philosophically about technology to meet engineering design outcomes in the "Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Technological Literacy, Elementary School Science, Student Projects
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Allison, Elizabeth; Tunks, Karyn; Hardman, Kacie – Science and Children, 2017
The Pelican's Nest, located near Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, is a science center supported by a local educational foundation. Programs are geared toward marine wildlife and the coastal habitat with an emphasis on hands-on learning for students in grades K-6. The director of the science center conducts daily classroom labs and discovery trips…
Descriptors: Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Activities, Marine Biology, Marine Education
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Bircher, Lisa S.; Sansenbaugher, Bonnie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an elementary science summer day camp at East Palatine High School in East Palestine, Ohio, for students in grades K-4, aided by high school (grades 9-12) student mentors. The school's Outdoor Area for Studies in Science (OASIS) is used for formal and informal studies in science for an elementary science camp week. The camp…
Descriptors: Summer Science Programs, Elementary School Students, High School Students, Mentors
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