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ERIC Number: EJ912463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Where Does Our Food Come from?
Weiland, Ingrid
Science and Children, v48 n5 p40-44 Jan 2011
Problem-based learning (PBL) is one approach to teaching science that supports the notion that students construct knowledge within contextual settings, and that critical thinking and application are best fostered within these realistic contexts. In other words, learning activities are best applied when they are authentic or embedded in real-life situations. PBL engages students in authentic tasks that emulate how science is conducted (Gallagher et al. 1995). Here, the author shares a PBL unit designed for third- through fifth-grade elementary students to support their science understanding, with a specific focus on research, data collection, and data representation. In the process, they discover where food comes from. (Contains 3 figures and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana