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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
Matter is an essential science topic that is often challenging to teach at the early elementary levels. Learning about matter helps students develop a solid foundation for more complex concepts that are taught in later years. Make this abstract concept developmentally appropriate for children by engaging them in investigations that focus on…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's issue shows that allowing students to use both photographs and information presented through technology helps them begin to construct an understanding of landforms and bodies of water and use models to describe these concepts. This months trade books are: (1) "Our…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science, Science Activities
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's trade books teach students about external and internal structures that allow animals and humans to survive. This months trade books are: (1) "Creature Features" (Steve Jenkins and Robin Page); and (2) "Body Actions" (Shelley Rotner and David A.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Animals
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's issue has students experience nature by examining how seeds are transported from one location to another or consider what it takes for organisms to survive in an environment. Both activities allow elementary-age children to think about how outdoor spaces can be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
Engaging students in elementary science is often done within the confines of the classroom. Citizen science projects, however, bring students, families, teachers, and communities together to help scientists with their research. Students become active participants in real research, use their three-dimensional understanding of science, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Projects, Books, Childrens Literature
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
Creative thinking is important to scientists and engineers as they frame their work and engage in the practices of their fields. Elementary-age children need opportunities to think about and develop an idea from its inception through to its conclusion to expand their thinking and engage in scientific processes. Generating and expanding on ideas…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Creative Thinking, Concept Formation, Thinking Skills
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. Elementary students are beginning to understand the Earth's natural processes and humans' impact on the Earth. Humans need the natural resources that the Earth produces, use these resources to develop civilizations, and make decisions to offset the damage they cause, as well as…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
The abstract nature of physical science concepts often means that they are the most challenging for elementary students to grasp. Understanding how light behaves allows students to form a foundation for their future understanding. This month's trade books and activities engage students in basic concepts related to light.
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
For students to know how to prepare for severe weather, they must first understand what types of weather they might experience in their location. Much of students' interactions with and learning about severe weather events will happen through printed text resources and video excerpts. Through the use of such resources, young students can begin to…
Descriptors: Hazardous Materials, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Science Education
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
Keeping a log of scientific investigations, discoveries, and notes is a process that scientists have used throughout history. Elementary-age children engage in similar types of documentation when they perform investigations and sketch, label, or provide details about their work and findings. This column includes activities inspired by children's…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Investigations, Documentation, Childrens Literature
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
December brings the winter solstice, the day with the shortest amount of sunlight for the northern hemisphere. Students can notice the pattern of days getting darker earlier across the United States up to this point and then notice as the amount of sunlight starts to increase in the following months. Through making observations and collecting data…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Observation, Astronomy
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
Where does one single drop of water come from, and what can we do to reduce our water usage? These are important questions that need to be discussed in today's classroom. Helping young children understand the water cycle, the importance of water, and where and how they use water will allow them to be more informed users of this precious resource.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature, Water
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. When learning about a topic, scientists refer to documents from past researchers. This month's trade books include nonfiction and historical fiction selections that help to demonstrate similarities and differences "then and now" while incorporating engineering design…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Design
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. Through two different stories, students are introduced to the process--including the frustrations--of designing something to solve a problem. The experiences of the books' characters are brought into the classroom by having students engage in an engineering and design process. The…
Descriptors: Design, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature, Problem Solving
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2013
In a remarkably brief period of time, humans have developed technology that allows space travel to become a reality. Rockets have been built, energy systems designed, and planetary forces understood. In the activities described in this article, students investigate space travel by designing their own rockets and manipulating variables to determine…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Space Sciences, Investigations, Physical Sciences
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