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Masters, Heidi; Hilgendorf, Chelsey; Stundahl, Lisa; Gresl, Megan; Jentsch, Amber – Science and Children, 2019

To support elementary school students in finding a solution to an engineering problem, the authors developed a series of five lessons using the 5E Instructional Model (Bybee 2014). The lessons align with the "Next Generation Science Standards" and the "Common Core State Standards" and integrate the teaching and learning of…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 2, Elementary School Students

Merricks, Jessica; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2019

For some elementary science teachers, a unit on land and water brings nightmares of dirt and water all over the room. Several Earth science "kits" contain hands-on exercises that allow the students to "get messy" as they manipulate materials; however, these lessons may lack the necessary opportunities for students to ask unique…

Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education, Relevance (Education)

Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Children's literature can provide useful contexts for teaching mathematics. In this article, the authors discuss the use of the children's book "Measuring Penny" (Leedy 1997) to support Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) related to length measurement. The authors first describe three types of misconceptions…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Bertolone-Smith, Claudia M.; Gillette-Koyen, Linda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The first author's initial attempts at a whole-class mathematics discussion were woefully dysfunctional. Ten second graders showing their answers to a missing addend question about the number of children left riding a school bus did not result in the mathematical epiphany that the textbook promised. She did not give up on using mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication

Frabasilio, Angela Marie – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Ever try to captivate students with real-world applications only to discover that they live in a very different world? Assigning an Extreme Word Problem activity to students alleviates this dilemma by placing the authorship of a problem squarely into the hands of learners. Rather than trying to be hip and finding word problems that resonate with…

Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Imagination, Problem Solving

Sela, Hagit; Davis, Nicole; Hulse, Jennifer – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

In education, "dialogue protocols," or "protocols," are structured guidelines that were developed to promote meaningful and efficient communication and learning. They are "vehicles for building the skills--and culture-- necessary for collaborative work. The authors share protocols that were found to transform practices…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Relationship

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

Obersteiner, Andreas – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2019

Affect and mathematical competence are each multifaceted constructs. Accordingly, the studies in this Special Issue address multiple pathways between the two in young children. This commentary highlights the variability of these pathways and asks how affective variables are specifically related to core mathematical activities such as problem…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Periodicals, Elementary School Students, Affective Behavior

Martens, Sherry; Crawford, Kathryn – Childhood Education, 2019

An important aspect of bringing innovation to education is supporting children's own innovative thinking. Teachers are finding that escape room activities can provoke children's wonder and determination to pursue their curiosity, which builds a foundation for innovators of the future.

Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Learning Activities, Inquiry, Teaching Methods

Newton, Nicki – Eye on Education, 2019

In this book from bestselling author Dr. Nicki Newton, you'll learn how to level math workstations to engage K-2 students in meaningful, purposeful, rigorous practice. We know students don't learn at the same pace, so how do we take into account where they are and differentiate instruction? Dr. Nicki has the answers, showing how leveled…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Primary Education, Workstations, Individualized Instruction

Rodriguez, Shelly; Morrison, Alex; Benfield, Patrick – Science and Children, 2019

This article describes a lesson rooted in "tinkering," an approach to learning that encourages the use of authentic, hands-on experience to develop an understanding of content and physical materials. There were several desired outcomes for this lesson. First, the authors felt that tinkering was an appropriate approach to investigating…

Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Physics

Vondrová, Nada; Novotná, Jarmila; Havlícková, Radka – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2019

Research has shown that word problem difficulty is influenced by various linguistic, numerical and general variables, but results in this area are inconsistent. This paper focuses on the question of how the order of numerical data, the context, the position of the unknown transformation, and the length of the statement in an additive word problem,…

Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 5

Gargroetzi, Emma C.; Chavez, Rosa D.; Munson, Jen; Langer-Osuna, Jennifer M.; Lange, Kimiko E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019

Collaborative learning requires a lot of talk. Although not all student talk may be related to the task at hand, some off-task talk is actually productive, as it enables students to negotiate how they will work together, gain attention of fellow group members, and draw others into joining the work. Emma C. Gargroetzi, Rosa D. Chavez, Jen Munson,…

Descriptors: Attention, Time on Task, Interpersonal Communication, Grade 4

Hirsch, Shanna E.; Ennis, Robin Parks; Driver, Melissa K. – Beyond Behavior, 2018

Many students with and/or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders have academic deficits that affect their performance in mathematics. In addition, these students' behavioral issues may interfere with their academic achievement. For these students, it makes sense for teachers to consider implementing research- and/or evidence-based…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers

Wickstrom, Megan H.; Aytes, Tracy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Mathematical modeling is an important and accessible process for elementary school students because it allows them to use mathematics to engage with the world and consider if and when to use it to help them reason about a situation. It fosters productive struggle and twenty-first-century skills that will aid them throughout their lifetime.

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Computation, Relevance (Education)