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Mendez, James; Baird, Kate; Patino, Greicy – Science and Children, 2019
Picture this: a PhD chemist, PhD science educator, and a preservice Latina elementary educator walk into an aftercare program for primary and intermediate students from a rural school. These students are identified as low income and at risk and therefore eligible to participate in this school-provided aftercare. While across the state, these same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, After School Programs, Low Income Students, At Risk Students
Ross, Flynn; Gendron, Marcia; Nogar, Dan; Queen, Marjorie – Educational Leadership, 2018
A high-poverty, previously low-performing elementary school in Maine shifted its from looking mainly at achievement and test scores to focusing on ways to create motivated, confident, engaged students. They created Rise and Shine, through which all 3rd-5th graders start each day with a fun, challenging activity chosen from a big menu--from…
Descriptors: Poverty, Low Achievement, Elementary Schools, Student Motivation
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Knapp, Katie Anderson; Hopkins, Amy – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2018
Over the course of a year, the first author met with the teachers at Holden Elementary School in Kent, Ohio as they explored each dimension of the C3 Framework's Inquiry Arc, focusing on the creation of compelling questions, understanding each of the disciplinary pathways in depth for grades K-5, and appreciating the value of taking informed…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Inquiry
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Brkich, Katie; Allen, Melony; Huffling, Lacey; Matthews, Catherine – Science and Children, 2017
"Hop to It," a week-long herpetology-focused summer STEM camp for rising fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade girls, provided young females with authentic, hands-on science experiences, allowing them to develop the habits of thought and processes of action used by STEM field experts while also engaging and sustaining their interest in the…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Females
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Epstein, Shira Eve; Lipschultz, Jessica – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2017
School segregation and inequity are deep-rooted realities in U.S. society. Despite historical efforts at integration, too many schools are de facto segregated, and those serving mostly students of color are routinely under-resourced when compared to those servicing mostly white students. Teachers and students can struggle to talk about this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Grade 4
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Kling, Gina; Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
"That was the day I decided I was bad at math." Countless times, preservice and in-service teachers make statements such as this after sharing vivid memories of learning multiplication facts. Timed tests; public competitive games, such as Around the World; and visible displays of who has and has not mastered groups of facts still…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multiplication, Mathematics Skills
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Hefty, Lukas J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (2000) outlines fi ve Process Standards that are essential for developing deep understanding of mathematics: (1) Problem Solving; (2) Reasoning and Proof; (3) Communication; (4) Connections; and (5) Representation. The Common Core…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Validity
Prescott, Anne; Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015
In this article it can be seen how primary school students, pre-service and in-service teachers can all benefit from the experience of participating in a lunchtime maths club. A range of activities suitable for an extracurricular club is included.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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Isler, Isil; Marum, Tim; Stephens, Ana; Blanton, Maria; Knuth, Eric; Gardiner, Angela Murphy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014
The study of functions has traditionally received the most attention at the secondary level, both in curricula and in standards documents--for example, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) and "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] 2000). However, the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics
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Sibley, Amanda; Kurz, Terri L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Teachers often commemorate Earth Day with their classes by planting trees, discussing important conservation topics (such as recycling or preventing pollution), and encouraging students to take care of planet Earth. To promote observance of Earth Day in an intermediate elementary school classroom, this…
Descriptors: Forestry, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Sustainability
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Purzer, Senay; Duncan-Wiles, Daphne; Strobel, Johannes – Science and Children, 2013
Hopscotch, basketball, or hide-and-seek? Children have many choices at recess, and while making these choices they must consider and make trade-offs. The way they make these decisions is not that different from the thought processes engineers use when making design trade-offs. Engineers have to make trade-offs because a design that meets all…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Design, Student Projects, Student Journals
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Sargianis, Kristin; Lachapelle, Cathy P.; Cunningham, Christine M.; Facchiano, Jean; Sanderson, Cheryl; Slater, Patricia – Science and Children, 2012
In this article, the authors focus on an Engineering is Elementary unit that emphasizes students' understanding and application of properties of materials in the context of an engineering design challenge. Students build understanding through a series of hands-on activities, then apply their knowledge to solve a materials engineering problem:…
Descriptors: Engineering, Geology, Grade 3, Science Instruction