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ERIC Number: EJ1116225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
SCAMPERing into Engineering!
Flannagan, Jenny Sue; Sawyer, Margaret
Science and Children, v53 n1 p34-43 Sep 2015
In this article the authors describe what they call their "Snapshots of Science" program. These mini-lessons of science are taught once a week to all students in the school library. Over the last two years, they have been working to extend the experiences students have in their science classroom into the library. Each week, students experience a lesson that goes a little further than their classroom experience. These "snapshots" are only 20 minutes in length and are tied to the state standards. By using the 5E approach to break the lesson unit into smaller parts, their students are able to focus on one concept or skill and build upon what they learned each week while having time between our library lessons to discover and explore the material we are covering. These lessons provide students with an opportunity to do even more hands-on activities that are different than the ones done in their classroom. These snapshots also provide children with the freedom to explore their activities without having to take home their work each night for additional study. The snapshot lesson described herein, SCAMPERing Into Engineering, was designed around the fourth-grade curriculum unit Forces and Motion. Forces and Motion is a four-week science unit that engages students in the study of motion. Activities engaged students in designing simple investigations to test how mass is related to motion and how different surfaces affect friction, and students learned to identify and explain when objects exhibited potential and kinetic energy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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