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ERIC Number: EJ1152808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Graining Traction
James, Joan K.; Matthews, Robert W.
Science and Children, v54 n9 p45-50 Jul 2017
In their classrooms, the authors observed students experiencing meaningful and memorable learning when they were immersed in scientific inquiry involving Bess beetles. Students who learn from active, experiential instruction, find such learning to be exciting and emotionally engaging. As a result, they learn more deeply and effectively. This article describes an experiential interdisciplinary unit focusing on Bess beetles, which aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. The activity engaged fourth- and fifth-grade students in: (1) Bess beetle research; (2) biological and physical scientific inquiry; (3) lab report and creative writing; (4) statistical data (range, mean, median, and mode) analysis; (5) figuring human strength proportional to beetle strength; and (6) labeled scientific drawings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A