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Edelen, Daniel; Bush, Sarah B.; Nickels, Megan – Science and Children, 2019
Because students have often been conditioned as passive learners and receivers of knowledge, it can be difficult for them to persevere in solving authentic problems. Nevertheless, teachers must persist in preparing students as problem solvers and critical thinkers. In an urban inner-city neighborhood school in the southeast, students embarked on a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Bucci, Karen – Science and Children, 2018
In this article, Karen Bucci describes how she incorporated her iPad with the wireless SmartScope iGO microscope and Wi-Viewer app to teach her fourth-grade class the science module "Ecosystems" by National Science Resources Center's Science and Technology for Children (STC) (1996, 2005). A main idea in the unit is the importance of…
Descriptors: Water, Recreational Facilities, Ecology, Educational Technology
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Zydney, Janet; Schaen, Richard – Science and Children, 2018
In their role as careful observers of nature, citizen scientists are helping to "answer the most challenging ecological and environmental questions, addressing issues that affect everyday lives" (McKinley et al. 2015). They help answer these questions by providing scientists with a large pool of data that can be analyzed (National…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Ecology
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Parker, Carolyn; Kruchten, Catherine; Moshfeghian, Audrey – Afterschool Matters, 2017
The STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) program is a community partnership initiative that includes both in-school and afterschool STEM education for grades 3-5. It was designed to broaden participation and achievement in STEM education by bringing science and engineering to the lives of low-income urban elementary school…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Urban Schools, STEM Education, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Cook, Kristin; Bush, Sarah; Cox, Richard – Science and Children, 2017
Teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in elementary school could be even more promising than teaching STEM. This is due to its ability to cross multiple subject areas and its appeal to multiple types of learners. Intentional integration of the arts in science and engineering lessons has the potential to more deeply…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Students
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Coffey, Debra – Science and Children, 2016
The "Next Generation Science Standards'" ("NGSS") eight scientific and engineering practices invite teachers to develop key investigative skills while addressing important disciplinary science ideas (NGSS Lead States 2013). The "NGSS" can also provide direct links to "Common Core English Language Arts…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Reading Comprehension
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Kuhn, Mason – Science and Children, 2016
Many elementary science teachers understand that the best way to enhance reasoning and thinking skills in their students is to have them engage in scientific negotiation. They know that teaching is not the simple transmission of information but a complex act that requires teachers to apply knowledge from multiple sources, including student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Thinking Skills, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Campbell, Todd; Schwarz, Christina; Windschitl, Mark – Science and Children, 2016
The vision of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) "requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12" (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article the authors emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
The abstract nature of physical science concepts often means that they are the most challenging for elementary students to grasp. Understanding how light behaves allows students to form a foundation for their future understanding. This month's trade books and activities engage students in basic concepts related to light.
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Menon, Deepika; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2016
From the earliest days of their lives, children are exposed to all kinds of sound, from soft, comforting voices to the frightening rumble of thunder. Consequently, children develop their own naïve explanations largely based upon their experiences with phenomena encountered every day. When new information does not support existing conceptions,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Acoustics
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Grinnell, Sandie; Angal, Sharon – Science and Children, 2016
In a 2012 blog post, John Maeda discusses the idea that while science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays an important role in innovation, limitations exist when we focus exclusively on STEM. Maeda advocates for the addition of the "A" for Art to the acronym, insisting that the arts promote the creativity and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Education, Elementary Education
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Campbell, Todd; Schwarz, Christina; Windschitl, Mark – Science Teacher, 2016
The vision of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) "requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12" (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article the authors emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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