ERIC Number: EJ1023159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Pop-Up Constructions Motivate and Reinforce Science Learning for Upper Elementary Students
Olsen, Benjamin D.; Zhbanova, Ksenia S.; Parpucu, Harun; Alkouri, Zaid; Rule, Audrey C.
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v50 n4 p119-133 2013
Pop-up boxes and folder constructions support student inquiry while integrating art, craft, spatial, and creativity skills. Step-by-step illustrated directions for constructing pop-up boxes are provided with example images of pop-up boxes focused on ecological issues. Teachers used these pop-up constructions to assist fourth- and fifth-grade students in understanding environmental problems with youth-implemented solutions. Classroom testing showed that combining art with science through pop-up constructions allowed students to be creative, to have both minds-on and hands-on activity, and to use motor and spatial skills in constructing the pop-ups, along with paper engineering concepts in their pop-up designs. Teachers reported strong student engagement, collaboration, and productivity during the lessons, with students expressing enjoyment in the activity. Examples of two additional pop-ups addressing the topic areas of simple machines and ecosystems are provided.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Creativity, Grade 4, Grade 5, Conservation (Environment), Spatial Ability, Psychomotor Skills, Engineering, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Books, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
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