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Jones, Teresa; Sterling, Donna R. – Science Scope, 2011
Encouraging students with learning challenges to actively participate in the learning process can be difficult, especially when they are tentative about their knowledge level as compared to their peers. This article outlines three steps teachers can take to incorporate cooperative learning strategies that ensure active participation by all…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Learning Strategies, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Kaldenberg, Erica; Therrien, William; Watt, Sarah; Gorsh, Jay; Taylor, Jonte – Science Scope, 2011
Students with learning disabilities (LDs) often need additional supports and structure in inquiry classrooms. The authors describe three ways teachers can enhance the achievement of these students: (1) focusing on big ideas; (2) using graphic organizers; and (3) providing mnemonic strategies. Struggling students with LD will benefit greatly from…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Prior Learning, Classrooms, Mnemonics
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Jackson, Julie; Tripp, Sherry; Cox, Kimberly – Science Scope, 2011
Word walls are designed to serve as visual scaffolds and are a common classroom tool used to support reading and language arts instruction. To support vocabulary development in science and support students who are ELLs, Husty and Jackson (2008) created interactive word walls that resemble semantic maps (Masters, Mori, and Mori 1993). Semantic maps…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Semantics, Vocabulary, Maps
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Pries, Caitlin Hicks; Hughes, Julie – Science Scope, 2011
Nothing brings out the best in eighth-grade physical science students quite like an engineering challenge. The wind turbine design challenge described in this article has proved to be a favorite among students with its focus on teamwork and creativity and its (almost) sneaky reinforcement of numerous physics concepts. For this activity, pairs of…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Energy, Grade 8, Physical Sciences
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Brown, Patrick – Science Scope, 2011
One physical science topic that is difficult for middle school students is the transfer of thermal energy: Research indicates many have trouble understanding that thermal energy naturally transfers from the "warmer" object to the "colder" object until both objects reach the same temperature (Driver et al. 1994; Keeley, Eberle, and Tugel 2007).…
Descriptors: Discussion, Mechanics (Physics), Physical Sciences, Heat
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Bergman, Daniel – Science Scope, 2011
The messages students receive through popular media such as movies, television, the internet, and music videos have a powerful influence and can shape their thinking. A national survey of media use by 8- to 18-year-olds found the average adolescent spends over seven and a half hours daily with entertainment media (KFF 2010). Rather than viewing…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Popular Culture, Mass Media Effects, Science Instruction
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Fletcher, Kurt; Rommel-Esham, Katie; Farthing, Dori; Sheldon, Amy – Science Scope, 2011
The transfer of energy from one form to another can be difficult to understand. The electrical energy that turns on a lamp may come from the burning of coal, water falling at a hydroelectric plant, nuclear reactions, or gusts of wind caused by the uneven heating of the Earth. The authors have developed and tested an exciting hands-on activity to…
Descriptors: Energy, Demonstrations (Educational), Laboratory Equipment, Science Instruction
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Wagler, Ron – Science Scope, 2011
Middle school students can develop and enhance their observation skills by participating in teacher-guided scientific inquiry (NRC 1996) activities where they observe animals that tend to act in known, predictable ways. Madagascar hissing cockroaches ("Gromphadorhina portentosa") are one such animal. This article presents beginning, intermediate,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Observation, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition
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Benedis-Grab, Gregory – Science Scope, 2011
Interdisciplinary teaching is a great way to focus on overarching concepts and help students make connections across disciplines. Historically, art and science have been connected disciplines. The botanical prints of the 18th and 19th centuries and early work with microscopes are two examples of a need for strong artistic skills in the science…
Descriptors: Biology, Methods, Teaching Methods, Art Education
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Smolinski, Keith – Science Scope, 2011
For thousands of years, people have used music to transfer information and narrate stories. The musical structure, consisting of words set to melodies in rhythmic patterns, made the content easier to remember. Researchers have investigated the long- and short-term effects of song on memory and found that music aided in the recall of information.…
Descriptors: Music, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Maurer, Matthew J.; Tokarsky, Rebecca; Zalewsky, Laura – Science Scope, 2011
Many of the skills and talents required to be a successful scientist, such as analysis, experimentation, and creativity, can be developed and reinforced through art. Both science and art challenge students to make observations, experiment with different techniques, and use both traditional and nontraditional methods to express their ideas. The…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Science Education, Art Education, Grade 7
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Thompson, Stephanie – Science Scope, 2011
This project incorporates technology and a historical emphasis on science drawn from ancient civilizations to promote a greater understanding of conceptual science. In the Apps for Ancient Civilizations project, students investigate an ancient culture to discover how people might have used science and math smartphone apps to make their lives…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, History
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Angle, Julie; Foster, Gayla – Science Scope, 2011
The activity described here uses the creative natures of visual art and music to enhance students' potential for creativity while increasing their understanding of the science associated with force and motion. Students design, test, and redesign a sailboat vehicle; collect data; make interpretations; and then defend their design. Music is used to…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Music, Motion, Cognitive Processes
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Katsh-Singer, Rebecca – Science Scope, 2011
We want to challenge our students, but we need to give them tasks and assessments they can realistically succeed at and are valid indicators of their learning. Deconstructing planning, teaching, and assessment can help teachers instruct and assess more appropriately, leading to more confident, motivated, and higher-achieving learners. In this…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation
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Saunders, Georgianna; Page, Heidi; Wood, Gina – Science Scope, 2011
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurological disorders that affect communication, behavior, and social skills (Humphrey 2008). According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 1 in every 110 children in the United States is affected by an autism spectrum disorder, and boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed.…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Mental Retardation, Autism, Asperger Syndrome
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