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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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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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Jurkiewicz, Melissa A.; Kirn, Adam; Crowther, David – Science and Children, 2019
Interactions with forces and energy can range from a toddler dropping toys repeatedly for someone else to pick up to a group of fifth graders playing soccer at recess. In addition, students may have observed the power of water to move physical objects by seeing news footage of rising floodwaters, experimenting with a garden hose, or spending a day…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Water
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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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Kroog, Heidi; Ruiz-Primo, Maria Araceli – Science and Children, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") state that by the end of fifth grade, students are expected to understand the water cycle, also called the hydrologic cycle, and the three states of matter in which water can exist (NGSS Lead States 2013). Logically, many educators choose to teach these topics concurrently or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Scientific Attitudes
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McGowan, Veronica Cassone; Ventura, Marcia; Bell, Philip – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information on how students' everyday experiences can support science learning through engineering design. In this article, the authors outline a reverse-engineering model of instruction and describe one example of how it looked in our fifth-grade…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Engineering, Design
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Smith, Janette – Science and Children, 2017
Young students need opportunities to develop their conceptual understanding of properties of matter. By providing students with inquiry activities, we lay the groundwork necessary for students to grasp the challenging concepts associated with learning about the periodic table in middle school. In this 5E activity (Bybee 2009), fifth-grade students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Science Activities
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Smith, P. Sean; Plumley, Courtney L.; Hayes, Meredith L. – Science and Children, 2017
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses how children think about the small-particle model of matter. What Richard Feynman referred to as the "atomic hypothesis" is perhaps more familiar to us as the small-particle model of matter. In its most basic form, the model states…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Molecular Structure, Grade 5
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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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Deaton, Cynthia; Simms, Sarah – Science and Children, 2017
Mobile learning is an incredible way to engage students in activities that encourage exploration and critical thinking. This type of learning is defined by the use of portable technology, such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones, to support learning in various environments and in various ways. Depending on the technologies and resources already…
Descriptors: Investigations, Soil Science, Crime, Electronic Learning
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Fulco, Charles – Science and Children, 2017
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse (TSE2017) will occur on August 21 this year--the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since 1979. For many reasons, this is a scientific and educational milestone event of the highest magnitude that should not be missed by any teacher and student whether or not their school is in session…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Elementary School Science, Teaching Methods
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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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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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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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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2016
In her current role as an elementary science methods instructor at a small midwestern university, Dena Harshbarger wanted to help teachers restructure traditional science fairs into "science conventions" to more accurately reflect how scientists share their findings within a scientific community (Barth 2008). Traditional science fairs…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Elementary School Science, Instructional Design, Science Process Skills
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