ERIC Number: EJ1036941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Reference Count: 3
How Healthy Is Our Pond?
Sterling, Donna R.; Hargrove, Dori L.
Science and Children, v51 n7 p45-51 Mar 2014
With crosscutting concepts such as stability and change in the "Next Generation Science Standards," this article was written for those who have wondered how to teach these concepts in a way that is relevant to students. In this investigation, students ask the question, "Why is the pond dirty?" As students investigate the health of a local pond, they become curious about science--they ask questions and develop an understanding of the complexity of the systems that make up the pond environment and how these systems affect stability and change within the pond. In this investigation, students ask questions, draw a model, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, use mathematical thinking, and base explanations on evidence--all of which are science and engineering practices considered essential in the "Next Generation Science Standards".
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods, Investigations, Inquiry, Naturalistic Observation, Field Studies, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Test Results, Data Collection, Formative Evaluation, Mathematical Applications, Science Activities, Student Research, Thinking Skills, Grade 4, Grade 5, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
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