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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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Edelen, Daniel; Bush, Sarah B.; Nickels, Megan – Science and Children, 2019
Because students have often been conditioned as passive learners and receivers of knowledge, it can be difficult for them to persevere in solving authentic problems. Nevertheless, teachers must persist in preparing students as problem solvers and critical thinkers. In an urban inner-city neighborhood school in the southeast, students embarked on a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Jurkiewicz, Melissa A.; Kirn, Adam; Crowther, David – Science and Children, 2019
Interactions with forces and energy can range from a toddler dropping toys repeatedly for someone else to pick up to a group of fifth graders playing soccer at recess. In addition, students may have observed the power of water to move physical objects by seeing news footage of rising floodwaters, experimenting with a garden hose, or spending a day…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Water
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Ben-Tov, Shoshana; Romi, Shlomo – International Journal of Educational Management, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between parents' involvement related to their alertness of what happens in school and their identification with school and their children's attitudes toward school, social adjustment, self-efficacy and academic achievements. Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaires were answered…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Educational Attitudes
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Crawford, Lindy; Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Huscroft-D'Angelo, Jacqueline; Higgins, Kristina N. – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2019
Meaningful inclusion of quantitative reasoning into mathematics instruction requires meaningful ways to evaluate it. Few formative assessments exist to evaluate the strategies students use when reasoning mathematically. The Framework for Evaluating Quantitative Reasoning Strategies presented in this article provides teachers with categories for…
Descriptors: Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Student Evaluation
Bishop, Penny A.; Downes, John M.; Farber, Katy – Harvard Education Press, 2019
"Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades" shows how teachers in grades 5--8 can leverage the use of personalized learning plans (PLPs) to increase student agency and engagement, helping youth to establish learning goals aligned with their interests and assess their own learning--particularly around essential skills that cut across…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2019
This is a companion piece to "Professional Learning Community: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving for Students in Grades 4 through 8. Facilitator's Guide. REL 2019-002" (ED595201). It contains handouts to accompany each of the sessions included in the facilitator's guide.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Communities of Practice, Grade 4
Bush, Sarah; Cook, Kristin – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2019
How do you create an innovative and equitable classroom experience that prepares elementary students for jobs that don't yet exist while placing a critical focus on mathematics and science content and practice standards-all while meeting the demands of high-stakes testing? The answer to this question is Step into STEAM, by Sarah Bush and Kristin…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Livers, Stefanie D.; Harbour, Kristin E.; Fowler, Lindsey – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019
In this article, Lindsey Fowler describes how an animal rhyme--that she shared with her fifth-grade students with the intention of assisting them with the concept of metric conversions--made fostering the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) more difficult. The addition of animals, which added an extraneous element that students mistakenly…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Metric System, Mathematical Concepts
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Brown, Patrick – Science and Children, 2019
Students come to class with ideas about science content and the practices used to generate knowledge. Their lived experience provides them with basic ideas about how the world works. Tapping into their innate understandings and testing their ideas allows them to construct a more accurate understanding. Research shows that all students are ready to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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Hanuscin, Deborah; King, Karen; Cisterna, Dante – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, the authors present a 5E learning cycle for fifth grade that focuses on using a model of matter to explain the properties they observe, and how those properties can help identify whether two objects are made of the same type of matter. That model also helps explain phenomena such as why a specific material floats, no matter how…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Ryan, Laura E.; Dietiker, Leslie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
One way to recognize how mathematical lessons can be stimulating for children is to interpret them as stories. If mathematical lessons follow a structure similar to that of a story, they can build anticipation, create surprise, and even generate intrigue (Egan 1988). To support the design of mathematical lessons with these types of aesthetic…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Aesthetics, Grade 5
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Barlow, Angela T.; Watson, Lucy A.; Tessema, Amdeberhan A.; Lischka, Alyson E.; Strayer, Jeremy F. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
The inspection of mistakes can play a powerful role in an individual's learning process (Boaler 2015). The purpose of this article is to support the reader in selecting mistakes that can be leveraged to benefit the learning of all students. Specifically, the authors focus on "which" and "why": "which" mistakes to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Error Correction, Learning Processes
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Brunvand, Stein; Bouwman, Jeffrey – Science and Children, 2018
Citizen science projects have been found to increase scientific knowledge and awareness among the participants who engage in these collaborative efforts. Providing elementary students the opportunity to collect, share, and analyze data is an effective way to help them develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and gain competency in…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Tate, Kathleen; Doyle, Colin; Messina, Daniela; Warnecke, Brian; DePriter, Tiffany; Brillhart, Daniel – Science and Children, 2018
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (2014) sets forth that children learning science and engineering practices in the early years lays "the foundation for a progression of science learning in K-12 settings and throughout their entire lives." So, it is important to build upon children's natural curiosities and expose them to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Metallurgy, Grade 5, Academically Gifted
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