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ERIC Number: EJ1123172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Getting Crafty with the NGSS
Tofel-Grehl, Colby; Litts, Breanne; Searle, Kristin
Science and Children, v54 n4 p48-53 Dec 2016
Traditionally, electricity and circuits are taught using alligator clips, lightbulbs, batteries, and wires. Although these circuits engage students in building, they don't always provide opportunities for students to deeply explore energy, electricity, polarity, and circuitry. Multimedia Circuits is a curricular unit made up of three projects that allow students and teachers to engage in science learning from a more artistic perspective by constructing circuits using different media (i.e., clay, paper, and fabric). By engaging students in a craft-based approach rather than a traditional classroom approach, Multimedia Circuits gives students a new way to engage with science content (Gu et al. 2016). Additionally, with its strong focus on modeling and the engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013), Multimedia Circuits empowers elementary teachers to engage their students in science learning and integrate their curriculum more fully. This article describes a presentation of Multimedia Circuits during a two-week, six lesson electricity unit. The projects can be done in sequence or in isolation, depending on teachers' curriculum, goals, and time constraints. The unit is comprised of three projects that gradually increase in complexity and build student understanding through hands-on, craft-based learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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