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Lilly, Elizabeth; Fields, Charla – Childhood Education, 2014
Writing and photography are composition processes that help develop children's linguistic and visual competencies, respectively. Using photography in teaching writing has been found to enhance students' literacy skills by naturally invoking their interest and motivation, and eventually strengthening the reading-writing relationship. Children can…
Descriptors: Photography, Writing Instruction, Grade 4, Student Motivation
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Hamm, Ellen M.; Cullen, Rebecca; Ciaravino, Melissa – Childhood Education, 2013
When a college professor who teaches research methods to graduate education students was approached by a local public urban elementary school to help them teach research skills to 4th-graders, it was thought that the process would be simple--take what we did at the college level and differentiate it for the childhood classroom. This article will…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Graduate Students, Research Skills, Inquiry
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Akrofi, Amma K.; Swafford, Jeanne; Janisch, Carole; Liu, Xiaoming; Durrington, Vance – Childhood Education, 2008
In this article, the authors begin with what they believe is an implicit endorsement of an integration orientation toward acculturation. Literature may be used to help students understand the implicit nature of culture. Inspired by such scholars as Clayton (1996, 2003) and based on a content analysis of 134 books, the authors identify and describe…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Acculturation, Content Analysis, Immigrants
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Baxley, Traci P. – Childhood Education, 2008
Over the last 30 years, biracial individuals have become one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. Despite this rapid growth, these citizens are only slowly beginning to be acknowledged among monoracial groups and in academia. Because biracial identities "potentially disrupt the white/"of color" dichotomy, and…
Descriptors: Race, Multiracial Persons, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Boyce, Janet S.; Alber-Morgan, Sheila R.; Riley, Jeanetta G. – Childhood Education, 2007
Nausea, sweating, weak knees, and a dry mouth are all symptoms associated with the fear of standing in front of an audience. Considering the anxiety that public speaking produces, students of any age are facing a significant challenge when they speak in front of a group. While speaking is considered to be an integral part of language arts, it…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Public Speaking, Anxiety, Speech Skills
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Mathison, Carla; Wachowiak, Susan; Feldman, Linda – Childhood Education, 2007
In San Diego, California, 800 public school students from the inner city are attending a program called School in the Park (SITP), for approximately one-fourth of their 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade education. This unique program blends rigorous academic standards (formal learning) with hands-on, experiential curricula (informal learning), using…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 4, Grade 3, Prior Learning
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Fello, Susan E.; Paquette, Kelli R.; Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 2006
With the advent of the standards movement, most states have produced statewide tests that evaluate children's understanding of expository science text. Expository texts are designed to explain, describe, or present a logical argument. Usually, the purpose of expository texts is to present new information. This article describes a research-based…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Listening Comprehension, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades
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Walker-Dalhouse, Doris – Childhood Education, 2005
Changing school demographics, coupled with a teaching force that is predominantly white and female, has created a growing discrepancy between teachers and the students they teach. Many children and children in poverty do not display the behaviors or experience the type or degree of success in school as white or middle-class students do.…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Students, Discipline, Magnet Schools