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Botzum, Krystalyn; Sparks, Kelly; Smothers, Moriah – Science and Children, 2019
While curriculum designed as project-based learning is not suitable for use with every science standard, this methodology can be used when teaching concepts that naturally contain some flexibility. With small adaptations, teachers can implement these practices into the classroom regardless of the grade level. This article provides a detailed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Scientific Concepts
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Haverly, Christa; Sedlmeyer, Kim – Science and Children, 2019
Formative assessments serve to engage students in active sense-making, making them critical tools for both teachers and students. Though formative assessments may be an informal mode of assessing, they are one of the most important, especially when teaching science. As a subject, teaching science does not have the same kind of beginning-middle-end…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Grade 1, Elementary School Science
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Stapp, Alicia; Chessin, Debby; Deason, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2018
The authors represent the life cycle of the butterfly through writing, drawing, dance, and math. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (NGSS Lead States 2013) emphasize college and career readiness as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students must develop a deep understanding of science concepts and engage in scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 1, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gunning, Amanda M.; Marrero, Meghan E.; Buonamano, Christina; Somers, Vita – Science and Children, 2018
Waves and sound are rooted in children's everyday experiences. This topic naturally extends to other topics, such as instruments and music, which children find very interesting. As children often see science as separate from their daily lives, it is important to help them make real-life connections. The unit begins with children's observations,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Units of Study, Standards, Grade 1
Kriegel, Otis – ASCD, 2016
Packed with ideas for both new and veteran teachers of K-8 students, this book touches on a variety of topics that are especially relevant to the first week of school. The author provides critical information that includes arranging and navigating the classroom, setting basic expectations, communicating routines, and understanding your students'…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Mesa, Jennifer; Sorensen, Kirsten – Science and Children, 2016
Inspired by a song to be sung by her daughter's first-grade class in an upcoming musical, a parent volunteer teacher used fireflies as the focus of a science lesson to build on the children's interest and experiences. She developed a 5E lesson (Bybee et al. 2006) using the backwards-design approach (Wiggins and McTighe 2005) to ensure meaningful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 1
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
For young children, a found acorn, stone, or lichen-covered branch can be a touchstone of an experience in nature. Children, however, should also be taught to "leave no trace." As the National Park Service advocates, visitors to natural areas should "Preserve the sense of discovery for others by leaving all natural and cultural…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, STEM Education, Art Education
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Dolenc, Nathan; Wood, Aja; Soldan, Katie; Tai, Robert H. – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, the authors discuss role-play as a pedagogical strategy to engage kindergarten and first-grade students in science and engineering. They present a five-part Mars colony lesson that they developed for a blended class, during which students role-play a space-exploration story that enables them to gain a firsthand perspective of what…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Morgan, Emily; Ansberry, Karen – Science and Children, 2016
It's easy to see the connections between science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) in daily life, but they may not be so obvious in the classroom. This month's lessons allow students to explore the components of STEAM through a favorite art supply, the crayon, and a beloved American tradition, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Freehand Drawing, Art
Reutzel, D. Ray; Clark, Sarah K.; Jones, Cindy D.; Gillam, Sandra L. – Teachers College Press, 2016
One of the most critical elements in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the effective teaching of reading comprehension in the early years. This timely resource provides evidence-based practices for teachers to use as they work to meet standards associated with comprehending complex literature and informational texts. The authors offer a…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Academic Standards
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Foorman, Barbara; Beyler, Nicholas; Borradaile, Kelley; Coyne, Michael; Denton, Carolyn A.; Dimino, Joseph; Furgeson, Joshua; Hayes, Lynda; Henke, Juliette; Justice, Laura; Keating, Betsy; Lewis, Warnick; Sattar, Samina; Streke, Andrei; Wagner, Richard; Wissel, Sarah – What Works Clearinghouse, 2016
The goal of this practice guide is to offer educators specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. This guide is a companion to the existing practice guide, "Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade", and as a set, these guides…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Bricker, Patricia; Faetz, Melissa; Tracy, Kelly N.; Luke, Nancy – Science and Children, 2015
Over many years, the authors have inquired into the integration of science and literacy in primary grades. Students have used science notebooks as places to write and draw their scientific questions, predictions, observations, research notes, claims, reflections, and wonderings. At the same time, the authors have engaged their students in writers'…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Education, Grade 1
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Aerila, Juli-Anna; Rönkkö, Marja-Leena – Reading Teacher, 2015
Literature supports children's literacy growth in many ways. It helps children extend their understanding and clarify different situations in their lives, recognize and deal with feelings, and be more empathetic. Hands-on activities based on stories support children in giving shape to their thoughts. These creative activities not only empower the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Learning Activities, Creative Teaching, Experiential Learning
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Lee, Mi Yeon – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014
In the technology-rich twenty-first century, students are required to actively construct their knowledge and collaboratively engage in problem solving by using such skills as adaptability, communication, self-management, and systematic thinking. In accordance with this necessity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Sibley, Amanda; Kurz, Terri L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Teachers often commemorate Earth Day with their classes by planting trees, discussing important conservation topics (such as recycling or preventing pollution), and encouraging students to take care of planet Earth. To promote observance of Earth Day in an intermediate elementary school classroom, this…
Descriptors: Forestry, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Sustainability
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