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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
Bay-Williams, Jennifer; Kling, Gina – ASCD, 2019
Mastering the basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is an essential goal for all students. Most educators also agree that success at higher levels of math hinges on this fundamental skill. But what's the best way to get there? Are flash cards, drills, and timed tests the answer? If so, then why do students go into the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Arithmetic, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Skills
Parra, Jessica Zlockie – Geography Teacher, 2019
A lot of the activities of daily living require energy, playing video games, making dinner, turning on the lights, using a computer, and perhaps even brushing our teeth requires energy. In this unit students discover what energy is, think about where it comes from, analyze options for making energy evaluate feasibility in different parts of the…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Lesson Plans, Energy, Elementary School Teachers
de Oliveira, Luciana C., Ed.; Smith, Blaine E., Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2019
Literacy practices have changed over the past several years to incorporate modes of representation much broader than language alone, in which the textual is also related to the visual, the audio, the spatial, etc. This book focuses on research and instructional practices necessary for integrating an expanded view of literacy in the classroom that…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Student Diversity, Bilingual Students, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Santiago-Lugo, Schecyl M.; Hopple, Christine – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2019
Golf develops physical skills, provides opportunities for recreation and socialization, and is a lifelong physical activity -- making it a worthwhile addition to any physical education curriculum. This article provides information on how a three-day golf unit can be implemented with students in grades 2 and 3.
Descriptors: Athletics, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Grade 3
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Morrison, Alex; Benfield, Patrick – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes a lesson rooted in "tinkering," an approach to learning that encourages the use of authentic, hands-on experience to develop an understanding of content and physical materials. There were several desired outcomes for this lesson. First, the authors felt that tinkering was an appropriate approach to investigating…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Physics
Small, Marian – Teachers College Press, 2019
In this insightful math resource for grades 3-8, popular professional developer Marian Small helps teachers understand and facilitate meaningful assessments to advance student understandings. Small shows new and veteran teachers how to do three fundamental things well: identify the most important math to assess; construct meaningful…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics Tests
Brouillette, Liane – Teachers College Press, 2019
This practical resource emphasizes the special contribution that visual art, drama, music, and dance can make to student literacy and understanding of content-area reading assignments. Focusing on those areas where students tend to struggle, this book helps K-5 teachers provide an age-appropriate curriculum that is accessible to an increasingly…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Art Education, Visual Arts, Drama
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
Mohr, Doris, Ed.; Walcott, Crystal, Ed.; Kloosterman, Peter, Ed. – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2019
"Mathematical Thinking: From Assessment Items to Challenging Tasks" is a compilation of 36 problem-based lessons that encourage students to engage in productive struggle and deep thinking. Its 36 full-length lessons for grades 2-8 are each inspired by an actual test item from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Test Items, Elementary School Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics
Johnson, Carla C., Ed.; Walton, Janet B., Ed.; Peters-Burton, Erin E., Ed. – NSTA Press, 2019
What if you could challenge your second graders to design an outdoor STEM classroom with a butterfly garden, birdbath, and sundial? With this volume in the "STEM Road Map Curriculum Series," you can! "Investigating Environmental Changes" outlines a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving while…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Outdoor Education
Sampson, Victor; Murphy, Ashley – NSTA Press, 2019
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry (ADI) for elementary instruction but just aren't sure how to do it? You aren't alone. "Argument-Driven Inquiry in Third-Grade Science" will provide you with both the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. The book is a one-stop source of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
Coiro, Julie; Dobler, Elizabeth; Pelekis, Karen – Stenhouse Publishers, 2019
"From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K-5" reveals the powerful learning that results when you integrate purposeful technology into a classroom culture that values curiosity and deep learning. The centerpiece of this practical guide is Personal Digital Inquiry (PDI), a framework developed by Julie Coiro and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Inquiry
Koutrakos, Pamela – Corwin, 2019
First Pamela Koutrakos delivered a systematic approach to inquiry-based, student-centered, and joyful word study in her book "Word Study That Sticks." Now, in "The Word Study That Sticks Companion," Koutrakos offers tools and resources to help teachers put those structures, lessons, and routines into action. Loaded with…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Instructional Materials, Charts
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Karp, Karen S.; Bush, Sarah B.; Dougherty, Barbara J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019
Word problems are an essential component of providing a context for computation but are also recognized as an enduring struggle for students. Students are challenged to solve these story-based problems, often resorting to trial and error. This article presents meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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