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Kahn, Sami; Hartman, Sara L. – Science and Children, 2018
As every elementary science teacher knows, children sometimes ask questions that can not easily be answered by science. The "messiness" of these questions may stem from the fact that scientific understanding is often incomplete and ever changing, a situation that can lead students (and the public) to be confused about the information…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science and Society, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Bollinger, Lynn – Science and Children, 2018
Teaching ethics in elementary science may seem abstract or simply another topic to add to an already rigorous curriculum. However, it is an integral part of science and engineering instruction and a natural extension of what elementary educators do every day. Teachers help students develop ethical practices or "habits of mind" when they:…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Ethics, Grade 4
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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Stone, Jody H. – Science and Children, 2018
As every elementary teacher knows, an elementary classroom is a busy place. While literacy and mathematics command the majority of hours of the school day, many schools are left with an inadequate amount of time to devote to science. In an urban district, students in grades K-5 receive a mere 30 minutes a day for science and social studies. There…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Learning Centers (Classroom), Urban Schools
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Baumann, James F.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret – Reading Teacher, 2018
The authors address instruction in morphological analysis, a vocabulary-learning approach that involves teaching students the meanings of affixes (prefixes and suffixes) and word roots and a strategy for using knowledge of these morphemic elements to infer the meanings of unfamiliar words. The authors discuss their development of a list of affixes…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Morphology (Languages), Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
Evans-Whipp, Tracy; Mundy, Lisa; Miller, Eliza; Canterford, Louise; Patton, George – Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2018
In Australia and many other countries, the provision of the healthiest possible start in life for all children has been a priority for government. Evidence to support the importance of the early years for future development has accumulated over the past two decades [1]. Patterns of childhood development predict health, wellbeing, learning and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Child Development, Social Development
Wixson, Karen K.; Raphael, Taffy E.; Au, Kathryn H. – International Literacy Association, 2018
With the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results, concerns that reading scores of U.S. students have remained flat for the past decade have surfaced again along with suggestions about the source of this problem and how it might be remedied. The…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Reading Tests, Achievement Tests, Grade 4
Skinner, Rebecca R. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
Assessing the achievement of students in elementary and secondary schools and the nation's educational progress is fundamental to informing education policy approaches. Congressional interest in this area includes and extends beyond the annual assessments administered by states to comply with the educational accountability requirements of Title…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests
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Thomas, Debra Kelly; Milenkovic, Lisa; Marousky, Annamargareth – Science and Children, 2019
Computer science (CS) and computational thinking (a problem-solving process used by computer scientists) teach students design, logical reasoning, and problem solving--skills that are valuable in life and in any career. Computational thinking (CT) concepts such as decomposition teach students how to break down and tackle a large complex problem.…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Computer Simulation, Computer Science Education
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Walkowiak, Temple A.; Pinter, Holly H.; Berry, Robert Q. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2017
We present a reconceptualized framework for opportunity to learn (OTL) in school mathematics that builds on previous conceptualizations of OTL and includes features related to both quantity (i.e., time) and quality. Our framework draws on existing literature and on our own observational research of mathematics teaching practices. Through the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Vignettes, Models, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Sullivan, P. Teal; Carsten Conner, L. D.; Guthrie, Mareca; Pompea, Stephen; Tsurusaki, Blakely K.; Tzou, Carrie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes a chemistry/art activity that originated in an National Science Foundation--funded two-week STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) academy for grade 4-6 girls. The authors recommend using this investigation in conjunction with other activities focusing on chemical change as a step toward fulfilling the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Standards, Observation
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Philippakos, Zoi A. – Reading Teacher, 2017
Revision is an important aspect of the writing process but is often challenging for students. Peer review can be helpful, but training is needed for it to work effectively. This article suggests an approach to preparing students for peer review by teaching specific evaluation criteria and leading collaborative practice in reviewing papers written…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Revision (Written Composition), Evaluation Criteria
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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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Ciullo, Stephen; Mason, Linda – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2017
Helping elementary students with learning disabilities (LD) prepare for the rigor of middle school writing is an instructional priority. Fortunately, several standards-based skills in upper elementary school and middle school overlap. Teachers in upper elementary grades, specifically fourth and fifth grades, have the opportunity to provide…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, School Readiness, Learning Disabilities, Middle School Students
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Fulton, Lori; Paek, Seungoh; Taoka, Mari – Science and Children, 2017
Students of today are digital natives who for the most part come to school with experiences that may surpass those of their teachers. They use tablet computers and other devices in their personal lives and are eager to use them in the classroom. For teachers, this means they must integrate technology in ways that allow their students to learn with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
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