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Rillero, Peter; Thibault, Malissa; Merritt, Joi; Jimenez-Silva, Margarita – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
In Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a problem is posed before students have learned how to solve it. Language and PBL pair well for effective learning environments. Informed by language-based theories of learning and strategically adding methods for working with English Language Learners (ELLs), we developed an approach called Problem-Based…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Learning Experience, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods
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Gross, Lisa; Fitts, Shanan; Quadrini, Valerie; Ramirez, Breanna M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
English learners (ELs) benefit from inquiry-based science instruction that includes explicit attention to language learning goals. The purpose of this article is to share a third-grade unit on forces and motion which integrates science inquiry and writing in science notebooks with the goal of developing ELs' engagement in science, conceptual…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English Language Learners, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Rosenthal, Julie L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
Recent science education reform has led to an increased emphasis on engaging students in inquiry and science practices rather than having them simply memorize scientific facts. However, many teachers of elementary science may themselves have had more traditional science learning experiences, and may therefore be unsure about inquiry-based teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Brown, Todd; Brown, Katrina – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
Solar eclipses occur several times a year, but most people will be lucky if they see one total solar eclipse in their lifetime. There are two upcoming total solar eclipses that can be seen from different parts of the United States (August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024), and they provide teachers with an amazing opportunity to engage students with a…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Education, Astronomy, Scientific Concepts
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Gonczi, Amanda L.; Bergman, Brenda G.; Huntoon, Jackie; Allen, Robin; McIntyre, Barb; Turner, Sheri; Davis, Jen; Handler, Rob – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
Decision matrices are valuable engineering tools. They allow engineers to objectively examine solution options. Decision matrices can be incorporated in K-12 classrooms to support authentic engineering instruction. In this article we provide examples of how decision matrices have been incorporated into 6th and 7th grade classrooms as part of an…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Matrices, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students
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Frederick, J. Adam; Haines, Sarah; Romano, Christina; Takacs, Jacqueline – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The eastern oyster, "Crassostrea virginica," is an ecologically and economically important species in Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are ecologically unique in the Chesapeake Bay because they build a structure known as a bar or reef by attaching to one another over a 45 long period of time. They have been coined the "Ecological Engineers…
Descriptors: Animals, Marine Education, Marine Biology, Anatomy
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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
One tried-and-true way to hook students' attention and promote long-lasting understanding is to sequence science instruction in an explore-before-explain instructional sequence. In these lessons for the second through sixth grade band, elementary students investigate the interaction between "cold" and "hot" substances and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interaction, Weather
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Gaither, Elizabeth; Scott, Catherine Marie – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
In our experience, providing students with opportunities to explore outdoors has benefited them greatly in appreciating the outdoors and learning more about the environment. Similarly, researchers recognize that participants of outdoor schoolyard instruction have a more significant increase in cognitive understanding of ecological science concepts…
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Units of Study
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Lawrence, Maria; Yang, Li-Ling; Briggs, May; Hession, Alicia; Koussa, Anita; Wagoner, Lisa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
A fifth grade life science lesson was implemented through a lesson study approach in two fifth grade classrooms. The research lesson was designed by a team of four elementary school teachers with the goal of emphasizing engineering practices consistent with the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) (Achieve Inc. 2013). The fifth…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Engineering
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Madden, Lauren; Seifried, Joyce; Farnum, Kerry; D'Armiento, Angela – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
Discrepant events are often used by science educators to incite interest and excitement in learners, yet sometimes their results are farther-reaching. The following article describes how one such event--dissolving packing peanuts in acetone--led to a change in the course of a college-level elementary science teaching methods class and to the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Vowell, Julie; Phillips, Marianne – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
This standards-based science lesson introduces young learners to scientific inquiry and critical thinking by using activities to demonstrate three phases of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). By learning about the states of matter through a 5E instructional approach, students are encouraged to observe changes in the states of matter and to discuss…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Demonstrations (Educational)
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Rule, Audrey C.; Tallakson, Denise A.; Glascock, Alex L.; Chao, Astoria – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
This article describes an arts- and spatial thinking skill--integrated inquiry project applied to life science concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards for fourth grade students that focuses on two unifying or crosscutting themes: (1) structure (or "form") and function and (2) use of models. Students made observations and…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Inquiry, Science Activities, Models
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Brown, Katrina; Brown, Todd; Hardy, Wendy – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
In this fourth and fifth grade activity, students become comfortable with the concept that light-years are a measure of distance, not time, and discover how we are looking back in time when we look at stars. Since the enormous distances in space can make astronomical studies even more confusing, students explore the meaning of a light-year by…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Caine, Massimo; Horié, Ninon; Zuchuat, Sandrine; Weber, Aurélia; Ducret, Verena; Linder, Patrick; Perron, Karl – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
More than 60 years have passed since the work of Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick led to the discovery of the 3D-DNA double-helix structure. Nowadays, due to the simple and elegant architecture of its double helix, the structure of DNA is widely known. The biological role of the DNA molecule (e.g., genetic information), however,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Genetics, Hands on Science
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Luna, Melissa J.; Rye, James Andrew; Forinash, Melissa; Minor, Alana – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
Curriculum integration can increase the presence of science at the elementary level. The purpose of this article is to share how two second-grade teachers have integrated language arts content as a part of science-language arts instruction in a garden-based learning context. One application was a teacher-designed "Gardening for Homonyms"…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 2
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