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Masters, Heidi; Daggett, Kayden; Fonk, Amanda; Geiser, Anna; Hund, Jennifer; Kohlbeck, Kierra; Peterson, Amanda; Smith, Jackson; Zander, Zachary; Zaspel, Tyler – Science and Children, 2019
Severe flooding was prevalent within the authors' region at the beginning of the school year. Many homes and fields were affected by the amount of rain that fell within a short period of time over multiple days. Their students were concerned about the impact this natural phenomena was having on their local community. Natural phenomena can provide…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Engineering Education, Scientific Concepts, Units of Study
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Sivanpillai, Ramesh; Whitman, Ronald D. – Science Activities: Projects and Curriculum Ideas in STEM Classrooms, 2019
Understanding the concept of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and its interaction with matter (absorption, reflection, and transmission) can be difficult for students in seventh and eighth grade physical science classes. This inquiry-based activity (IBA) is aimed at improving their understanding of these concepts by exploring the interaction of EMR…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 7, Grade 8, Plants (Botany)
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Fulton, Lori; Collins, Lauren W.; Poeltler, Emily; Pearson, Lourdes – Science and Children, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) call for all students to be engaged in investigations that require them to use skills and knowledge related to the science and engineering practices. In this article the authors describe how the mnemonic RAD, "Record-Analyze-Develop an explanation," was used by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Standards, Engineering, Mnemonics
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Himschoot, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2017
Evidence is mounting that children have decreasing exposure to the natural world, which makes sense as the population of the planet urbanizes and many interests and assignments involve digital technology. According to the United Nations, 54% of the world's population now live in cities (2014), and a 2010 study by the Kaiser Health Foundation found…
Descriptors: Science Education, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Students, Merchandise Information
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
This column includes activities inspired by children's literature. This month's issue has students experience nature by examining how seeds are transported from one location to another or consider what it takes for organisms to survive in an environment. Both activities allow elementary-age children to think about how outdoor spaces can be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature
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Caballero, Ana Maria; Dashoush, Nermeen – Science and Children, 2017
The Arnold Arboretum Field Study Program provides outdoor experiences for children in order to develop authentic firsthand knowledge of life sciences. The Arboretum welcomes approximately 3,200 children (preK-5) from greater Boston annually. During the program called Explorations with Head Start participants, the children visit three times…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Deller, Clarysly – Primary Science, 2017
As plants and seed dispersal are common themes in primary science, the author thought that she would share an enquiry challenge activity that addresses many of the "working scientifically" objectives of the National Curriculum for England. Year 3 and 4 children had a whole afternoon made up firstly of "playing", planning and…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Inquiry, National Curriculum, Science Activities
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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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Davis, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching. In the "Talking Window Garden" project, students create "smart" plant pots that use sensors to collect and analyze data on the health of their plants. The Talking Window Garden project was a collaborative effort between an elementary teacher who wanted to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Gardening, Cooperative Planning, Engineering
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Pauley, Lauren; Weege, Kendra; Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth – Science and Children, 2016
Native plants are not typically the kinds of plants that are used in elementary classroom studies of plant biology. More commonly, students sprout beans or investigate with fast plants. At the time the authors started their plant unit (November), the school-yard garden had an abundance of native plants that had just started seeding, including…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level
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Walker, Caryn; Ethington, Roberta L.; Stark, Alyssa Y. – Science and Children, 2016
Everyone has problems, from the smallest ant competing for a food source to the largest elephant needing to cool down. Fortunately, organisms have structures that function to help them solve these problems. So when a group of fourth-grade students look for solutions to their problems, who do they turn to? A biological champion, of course! Plants…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Plants (Botany), Animals, Science Instruction
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Wilson, Rachel; Bradbury, Leslie – Science and Children, 2016
The diet of many students consists of on-the-go processed food. As part of a larger school garden project, the authors wanted students to consider the relevance of plants in their own lives, both as food sources for us and for the animals that we eat. In this article, they present a mini-unit they taught in a third-grade classroom that helped…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Units of Study, Grade 3, Elementary School Science
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Kurson, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2016
In this article Rebecca Kurson describes her school garden, now in its second year, as one that the lower school (preK-5) students plant and observe as often as possible. They call the garden an "outdoor classroom," and the younger students are particularly interested in how the plants grow. Kruson had lots of garden activities…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Gardening, Outdoor Education, Plants (Botany)
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2016
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. Formative assessment probes are designed to uncover students' ideas about objects, events, and processes in the natural world. This assessment information is then used throughout instruction to move students toward an understanding of the scientific ideas behind the probes. During the…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Scientific Principles, Educational Assessment, Scientific Concepts
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Gillan, Amy; Raja, Shella – Science and Children, 2016
In light of increasing populations and dwindling natural resources, elementary teachers play a crucial role in ensuring children understand and commit to more sustainable lifestyles. Climate change, growing pressures on global fisheries, and the harmful effects of traditional agricultural methods exacerbate this call. Coupled with this emphasis is…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Animals, Plants (Botany), Elementary School Science
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