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Ramstetter, Catherine L.; Fink, Dale Borman – American Educator, 2019
The purpose of this article is to promote a deeper, more complex understanding of the challenge that "recess time" poses to elementary school educators and to thereby understand the practices in which they are currently engaging. Because teachers are expected to shepherd students through a vast array of learning standards while remaining…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Mellizo, Jennifer M. – General Music Today, 2019
Over the past several decades, music education scholars have put forth a variety of convincing rationales for world music education. Yet the gap between theory and practice in this area persists. In theoretical ways, practicing music educators acknowledge the value of world music learning experiences, but many remain reluctant to fully embrace and…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara – Reading Teacher, 2019
Poetry has often been described as the neglected genre despite its potential to engage and motivate students of all abilities in reading and writing. Indeed, poetry provides an excellent forum for the development of literacy skills and strategies in a meaningful context. The author describes how a teacher implemented a poetry genre study in a…
Descriptors: Poetry, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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McTigue, Erin M.; Uppstad, Per Henning – Reading Teacher, 2019
Computer games and computer-assisted instruction have become prevalent in reading classrooms. However, research-based guidance for teacher use of such resources has not progressed at the same rate. In lieu of research, myths circulate about the utility of these resources, particularly when students use computer games independently. The authors…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computer Games, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Botzum, Krystalyn; Sparks, Kelly; Smothers, Moriah – Science and Children, 2019
While curriculum designed as project-based learning is not suitable for use with every science standard, this methodology can be used when teaching concepts that naturally contain some flexibility. With small adaptations, teachers can implement these practices into the classroom regardless of the grade level. This article provides a detailed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Scientific Concepts
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Edmondson, Elizabeth; Navy, Shannon; Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda; Mannarino, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
Problem-based learning (PBL) involves students solving a problem with multiple solutions over time, like scientists in real-world contexts. This fourth-grade PBL unit had students become part of an endeavor to help their state of Virginia become energy independent. It conceptualized energy independence as becoming self-sufficient for energy…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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Masters, Heidi; Hilgendorf, Chelsey; Stundahl, Lisa; Gresl, Megan; Jentsch, Amber – Science and Children, 2019
To support elementary school students in finding a solution to an engineering problem, the authors developed a series of five lessons using the 5E Instructional Model (Bybee 2014). The lessons align with the "Next Generation Science Standards" and the "Common Core State Standards" and integrate the teaching and learning of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 2, Elementary School Students
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Kelly-McHale, Jacqueline – Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 2019
The terms "culturally responsive teaching" and "culturally responsive pedagogy" have become more common in the vernacular of public-school teaching. However, practical applications of cultural responsivity are not often clearly presented due to the nature of being responsive. Responsivity requires knowledge of students and…
Descriptors: Music, Culturally Relevant Education, Music Education, Music Teachers
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Merricks, Jessica; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2019
For some elementary science teachers, a unit on land and water brings nightmares of dirt and water all over the room. Several Earth science "kits" contain hands-on exercises that allow the students to "get messy" as they manipulate materials; however, these lessons may lack the necessary opportunities for students to ask unique…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education, Relevance (Education)
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Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019
Children's literature can provide useful contexts for teaching mathematics. In this article, the authors discuss the use of the children's book "Measuring Penny" (Leedy 1997) to support Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) related to length measurement. The authors first describe three types of misconceptions…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Boys, Alexander J.; Walsh, Mark C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Elementary and middle school science curricula typically focus on generating an interest in science and engineering through the use of hands-on activities that demonstrate specific concepts. Laboratory activities designed in this manner often circumvent some of the main challenges that engineers and scientists face, namely balancing advantages and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Hopple, Christine J. – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2019
This article describes simple techniques for adding interactive elements to bulletin boards to not only capture students' interest, but to also help further their knowledge of key physical education concepts and skills.
Descriptors: Student Interests, Physical Education, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Riley, Jacqueline; Garza-Reyna, Gina; Muñoz, Ava; Lawrence, Gabriella; Shelton, Mary; Rojas-Paz, Angelica – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2019
The authors describe four projects using video-conferencing, with practical recommendations for implementation, to help students develop an understanding about the world beyond their own community.
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Global Education, Teaching Methods, Cross Cultural Training
Bailey, Rebecca; Stickle, Laura; Brion-Meisels, Gretchen; Jones, Stephanie M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Many schools and out-of-school organizations use social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to boost students' skills. Yet research shows that these programs can be difficult to implement and don't always meet students' needs. In response, Rebecca Bailey, Laura Stickle, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Stephanie Jones propose a new approach to SEL…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Summer Programs, Elementary School Students
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