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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2016
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. Formative assessment probes are designed to uncover students' ideas about objects, events, and processes in the natural world. This assessment information is then used throughout instruction to move students toward an understanding of the scientific ideas behind the probes. During the…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Scientific Principles, Educational Assessment, Scientific Concepts
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2016
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. The formative assessment probe in this month's issue can be used as an initial elicitation before students are introduced to the formal concepts of weathering and erosion.
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2016
During early childhood, children interact with objects around them. During these interactions, they develop their own concepts about matter, even before encountering the word matter in school. When they encounter the concept of matter in school, they develop a beginning notion of matter as the "stuff" that makes up the things around…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction, Early Childhood Education
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
A distinguishing feature of all the formative assessment probes in the "Uncovering Student Ideas" series is that each probe has two parts: (1) a selected answer choice that usually mirrors the research on commonly held ideas students have about concepts or phenomena; and (2) an explanation that supports their answer choice. It is this…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Learning Processes, Concept Formation
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
Picture a wet towel or a puddle of water on a hot, sunny day. An hour later, the towel is dry and the puddle no longer exists. What happened to the water? Where did it go? These are questions that reveal myriad interesting student ideas about evaporation and the water cycle--ideas that provide teachers with a treasure trove of data they can use to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Water, Earth Science
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. This month's issue describes using formative assessment probes to uncover several ways of thinking about the puzzling discovery of a marine fossil on top of a mountain.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Earth Science
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
After completing a science unit on transfer of energy, including how chemical energy from a battery is converted to electrical energy; electrical circuits; and transformation of energy into sound, light, or heat; the students in Mrs. Finlay's fourth-grade science class were challenged to use what they learned to solve a problem. The students…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Engineering Education, Formative Evaluation, Energy
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2014
Many young children come to school with prior experiences planting seeds in a garden or in a pot, watering them, and seeing them grow. These early scientific investigations are designed to help children understand that seeds need water, something to grow in (such as soil), and the right temperature to sprout--if these conditions are met, a seed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Gardening, Scientific Concepts, Plants (Botany)
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2014
Today's elementary teachers are faced with many different types of learners in their classrooms. Students come to the science classroom with a wide range of out-of-school experiences, different cultural and economic backgrounds, languages, learning styles, and cognitive levels that affect how they engage in and learn science. Page Keeley,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2014
Language is the way students and teachers communicate in the science classroom, but language of science is not always the language children and adults use in their everyday life. As Michaels, Shouse, and Schweingruber put it, "In science, words are often given specific meanings that may be different from or more precise than their everyday…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Theories, Scientific Principles, Language Usage
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2013
This article describes how observing whether objects sink or float in water using the P-E-O (Predict, Explain, and Observe) technique is an elementary precursor to developing explanations in later grades that involve an understanding of density and buoyancy. Beginning as early as preschool, elementary students engage in activities that encourage…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Learning Activities
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2013
In the elementary grades, the butterfly is a commonly used curricular context for children to learn about growth and development of organisms as they progress through their life cycle. "A Framework for K-12 Science Education's" life science core idea LS1.B, Growth and Development of Organisms, states that by the end of grade 5,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Animals, Biological Sciences, Entomology
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2013
A lesson plan is provided for a formative assessment probe entitled "Is It a Rock?" This probe is designed for teaching elementary school students about rocks through the use of a formative assessment classroom technique (FACT) known as the group Frayer Model. FACT activates students' thinking about a concept and can be used to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2013
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. This month's issue uses concept cartoons to assess students' ideas about the moon. Concept cartoons, formative assessment tools that reveal students' preconceptions and probe for conceptual understanding, have recently become popular in the United States, with teachers…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Science Instruction, Astronomy, Cartoons
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2013
The "Next Generation Science Standards" provide opportunities for students to experience the link between science and engineering. In the December 2011 issue of "Science and Children," Rodger Bybee explains: "The relationship between science and engineering practices is one of complementarity. Given the inclusion of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Engineering Education, Motion
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