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Anderson, Janice L.; Smith, Diane; Corbat, Josh; Minshew, Lana; Madlangbayan, Melissa – Science and Children, 2016
Direct experience is a powerful learning and teaching tool. However, when trying to teach students about natural hazards such as earthquakes, direct experience is not the best idea. Depending on location, it might be difficult to help young students understand the impact of natural hazards on their lives. Students will naturally find it…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Natural Disasters, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Morris, Ronald V. – Geography Teacher, 2016
This article describes a lesson plan that encouraged the usage of digital tools to enhance inquiry as a key tool in teaching elementary social studies. The lesson revolved around a field trip to the home of Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton (Centerville, Indiana). The active, investigative, and questioning nature of inquiry in social studies…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Lesson Plans, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Education
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Gaither, Elizabeth; Scott, Catherine Marie – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
In our experience, providing students with opportunities to explore outdoors has benefited them greatly in appreciating the outdoors and learning more about the environment. Similarly, researchers recognize that participants of outdoor schoolyard instruction have a more significant increase in cognitive understanding of ecological science concepts…
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Units of Study
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Lawrence, Maria; Yang, Li-Ling; Briggs, May; Hession, Alicia; Koussa, Anita; Wagoner, Lisa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
A fifth grade life science lesson was implemented through a lesson study approach in two fifth grade classrooms. The research lesson was designed by a team of four elementary school teachers with the goal of emphasizing engineering practices consistent with the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) (Achieve Inc. 2013). The fifth…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Engineering
Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. – Teachers College Press, 2016
Tired of hearing about "complex text"? Bothered by the pushy messages about "challenge"? This book is for you! Unlike the many other materials on text complexity, this one focuses on specific comprehension skills that students need in order to really engage with text. This book will help elementary school teachers equip their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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King, Donna; English, Lyn – Teaching Science, 2016
Nationally and internationally there have been calls for a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching and learning in schools to prepare students for the many future careers in the STEM fields. One way to do this is through engineering activities that provide opportunities for integrating STEM to solve problems using…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering, Grade 5, Foreign Countries
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Banse, Holland W.; Palacios, Natalia A.; Merritt, Eileen G.; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016
Facilitating productive discussions in the mathematics classroom is a challenge for many teachers. Discourse--student communication of mathematical ideas with teachers and peers--provides a platform on which students share their understanding, clarify misperceptions, and evaluate ideas. If students are unable to access and participate in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), English Language Learners, Teaching Methods
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Sharp, Janet; Lutz, Tracie; LaLonde, Donna E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015
Cultures need to accurately record dates and times for various societal purposes, ranging from knowing when to plant crops to planning travel. In ancient times, the sun and moon were used as measurement devices because of the scientific understanding of the physical world at that time. Ancient timekeepers monitored celestial events and either used…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Astronomy, Grade 6, Summer Programs
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Szucs, Leigh; Reyes, Jovanni V.; Farmer, Jennifer; Wilson, Kelly L.; McNeill, Elisa Beth – American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2015
Adolescents are influenced by the type, length and quality of the connections shared with different people throughout their lifespan. Relationships with peers, friends, and adults help to shape knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to health. Recognizing healthy or unhealthy characteristics allow youth to strengthen relationships and…
Descriptors: Friendship, Interpersonal Relationship, Adolescents, Teaching Methods
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Brown, Katrina; Brown, Todd; Hardy, Wendy – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
In this fourth and fifth grade activity, students become comfortable with the concept that light-years are a measure of distance, not time, and discover how we are looking back in time when we look at stars. Since the enormous distances in space can make astronomical studies even more confusing, students explore the meaning of a light-year by…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Bush, Sarah B.; Cox, Richard – Science and Children, 2015
The power of 3D printing technology has grown exponentially in just the past few years--people around the world are using 3D printers to prepare food, create tailored clothing, build cars and homes, and advance the medical field in ways that never seemed possible. In classrooms across the nation, 3D printers have become increasingly common because…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering Technology, Printing, Grade 4
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Kurz, Terri L.; Serrano, Alejandra – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
To support students' development of concepts in mathematics, the use of technology is often encouraged (Common Core State Standards Initiative [CCSSI] 2010). Technology can contextualize learning and provide a meaningful setting for mathematical ideas. Most teachers are supportive regarding the use of technology to encourage learning and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods
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Green, Daniel; Kearney, Thomas – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015
Emperor penguins, the largest of all the penguin species, attain heights of nearly four feet and weigh up to 99 pounds. Many students are not motivated to learn mathematics when textbook examples contain largely nonexistent contexts or when the math is not used to solve significant problems found in real life. This article's project explores how…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Animals, Foreign Countries, Measurement
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Hance, Trevor; Befus, Kevin – Science and Children, 2015
The idea of building sand castles evokes images of lazy summer days at the beach, listening to waves crash, enjoying salty breezes, and just unplugging for a while to let our inner child explore the wonderful natural toys beneath our feet. The idea of exploring caves might evoke feelings and images of claustrophobia or pioneers and Native…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Earth Science, Concept Teaching, Grade 5
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Bush, Sarah B.; Karp, Karen S.; Albanese, Judy; Dillon, Fred – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014
What better way to interest students in mathematics than using a Super Bowl® commercial? A Prudential® insurance commercial aired during the Super Bowl in 2013 was the impetus for this lesson (see it here on You-Tube™: watch?v=IsNiKGMSHUQ). In the commercial, four hundred people were polled on "How Old Is the Oldest…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Grade 6
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