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ERIC Number: EJ921135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Explaining Electrical Circuits
Hodgson-Drysdale, Tracy; Ballard, Edward
Science and Children, v48 n8 p37-41 Apr 2011
Science is more than learning a collection of facts. In the classroom, it is about creating a deeper level of understanding of the world and providing students with the tools to share that knowledge. One can share knowledge orally or in writing, in a variety of genres such as reports, arguments, and explanations. This article describes a unit designed to help fourth graders explain (in writing) scientific concepts they learned through inquiry activities and explicit teaching. The electricity unit was structured around a variety of inquiry activities designed to help students learn about electricity. It is important to note that this unit was designed to be inclusive of all learners and that bilingual learners worked alongside their peers to accomplish all tasks, in addition to learning the English language. (Contains 4 figures, 4 print resources and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A