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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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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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Chizek, Lisa; VanMeeteren, Beth; McDermott, Mark; Uhlenberg, Jill – Science and Children, 2018
Engineering is an intriguing way for students to connect the design process with their knowledge of science (NRC 2012). This article describes the "Engineering a Pancake Recipe" design process which was created to make the structure and properties of matter more meaningful for fifth grade students. The whole pancake recipe engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Grade 5, Elementary School Science
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Macalalag, Augusto, Jr.; Johnson, Barbara; Johnson, Joseph – Science and Children, 2018
Engaging students in designing, testing, and revising engineering models using mathematical representation of data from scientific investigations helps them embody the science and engineering practices highlighted in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013). The practices of modeling, conducting failure analysis,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Standards, Design, Engineering Education
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Stroud, Wesley – Science and Children, 2018
All educators want their classrooms to be inviting areas that support investigations. However, a common mistake is to fill learning spaces with items or objects that are set up by the teacher or are simply "for show." This type of setting, although it may create a comfortable space for students, fails to stimulate investigations and…
Descriptors: Animals, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Science Instruction
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Sullivan, P. Teal; Carsten Conner, L. D.; Guthrie, Mareca; Pompea, Stephen; Tsurusaki, Blakely K.; Tzou, Carrie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes a chemistry/art activity that originated in an National Science Foundation--funded two-week STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) academy for grade 4-6 girls. The authors recommend using this investigation in conjunction with other activities focusing on chemical change as a step toward fulfilling the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Standards, Observation
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Kroog, Heidi; Ruiz-Primo, Maria Araceli – Science and Children, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") state that by the end of fifth grade, students are expected to understand the water cycle, also called the hydrologic cycle, and the three states of matter in which water can exist (NGSS Lead States 2013). Logically, many educators choose to teach these topics concurrently or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Scientific Attitudes
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McGowan, Veronica Cassone; Ventura, Marcia; Bell, Philip – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information on how students' everyday experiences can support science learning through engineering design. In this article, the authors outline a reverse-engineering model of instruction and describe one example of how it looked in our fifth-grade…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Engineering, Design
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Smith, Janette – Science and Children, 2017
Young students need opportunities to develop their conceptual understanding of properties of matter. By providing students with inquiry activities, we lay the groundwork necessary for students to grasp the challenging concepts associated with learning about the periodic table in middle school. In this 5E activity (Bybee 2009), fifth-grade students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Science Activities
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Smith, P. Sean; Plumley, Courtney L.; Hayes, Meredith L. – Science and Children, 2017
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses how children think about the small-particle model of matter. What Richard Feynman referred to as the "atomic hypothesis" is perhaps more familiar to us as the small-particle model of matter. In its most basic form, the model states…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Molecular Structure, Grade 5
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Fulton, Lori; Paek, Seungoh; Taoka, Mari – Science and Children, 2017
Students of today are digital natives who for the most part come to school with experiences that may surpass those of their teachers. They use tablet computers and other devices in their personal lives and are eager to use them in the classroom. For teachers, this means they must integrate technology in ways that allow their students to learn with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
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Deaton, Cynthia; Simms, Sarah – Science and Children, 2017
Mobile learning is an incredible way to engage students in activities that encourage exploration and critical thinking. This type of learning is defined by the use of portable technology, such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones, to support learning in various environments and in various ways. Depending on the technologies and resources already…
Descriptors: Investigations, Soil Science, Crime, Electronic Learning
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