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Sumrall, William J.; Sumrall, Kristen M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
The NGSS MS-ETS1 Engineering Design (1-4) is the focus of the article. Development of a challenging problem-based activity that is an improvement over the traditional egg drop competition is emphasized. Quantification of data collected and real-world relevance are two activity components that are viewed as improvements over the egg drop. The…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Problem Based Learning, Science Activities
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Concannon, James; Brown, Patrick L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) challenges science teachers to think beyond specific content standards when considering how to design and implement curriculum. This lesson, "Windmills by Design," is an insightful lesson in how science teachers can create and implement a cross-cutting lesson to teach the concepts…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design, High School Students
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Frederick, J. Adam; Haines, Sarah; Romano, Christina; Takacs, Jacqueline – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The eastern oyster, "Crassostrea virginica," is an ecologically and economically important species in Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are ecologically unique in the Chesapeake Bay because they build a structure known as a bar or reef by attaching to one another over a 45 long period of time. They have been coined the "Ecological Engineers…
Descriptors: Animals, Marine Education, Marine Biology, Anatomy
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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
One tried-and-true way to hook students' attention and promote long-lasting understanding is to sequence science instruction in an explore-before-explain instructional sequence. In these lessons for the second through sixth grade band, elementary students investigate the interaction between "cold" and "hot" substances and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interaction, Weather
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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
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Laskowski, Jessica; Gillespie, Caitlyn; Corral, Lucia; Oden, Amy; Fricke, Kent; Fontaine, Joseph J. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
We present a hands-on outdoor activity coupled with classroom discussion to teach students about wildlife habitat selection, the process by which animals choose where to live. By selecting locations or habitats with many benefits (e.g., food, shelter, mates) and few costs (e.g., predators), animals improve their ability to survive and reproduce.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Animals, Ecology, Hands on Science
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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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Caine, Massimo; Horié, Ninon; Zuchuat, Sandrine; Weber, Aurélia; Ducret, Verena; Linder, Patrick; Perron, Karl – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
More than 60 years have passed since the work of Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick led to the discovery of the 3D-DNA double-helix structure. Nowadays, due to the simple and elegant architecture of its double helix, the structure of DNA is widely known. The biological role of the DNA molecule (e.g., genetic information), however,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Genetics, Hands on Science
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Hitt, Austin Manning; Townsend, J. Scott – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
Elementary, middle-level, and high school science teachers commonly find their students have misconceptions about heat and temperature. Unfortunately, student misconceptions are difficult to modify or change and can prevent students from learning the accurate scientific explanation. In order to improve our students' understanding of heat and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Heat
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Brinton, Brigette Adair; Curran, Mary Carla – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
Everyone needs strong observational skills to solve challenging problems and make informed decisions. However, many students expect to find exact answers to their questions by using the internet and do not understand the role of uncertainty, especially in decision making and scientific research. Humans and other animals choose among many options…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Observation, Visual Stimuli, Animals
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Magee, Paula A.; Wingate, Elisha – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2014
In this article, we describe a fourth-grade inquiry unit on soil. The unit was designed and taught by preservice elementary teachers as part of a university science methods course. Using a student-driven inquiry approach to designing curriculum, the unit engaged fourth graders in learning about the physical properties soil, erosion, worms, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Hands on Science
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Smetana, Lara K. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2014
This article outlines how to incorporate argumentation into a forensic science unit using a mock trial. Practical details of the mock trial include: (1) a method of scaffolding students' development of their argument for the trial, (2) a clearly outlined set of expectations for students during the planning and implementation of the mock…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Crime, Persuasive Discourse, Court Litigation
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Lin, Jia-Ling; Chen, Yen-Ting – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2014
Argumentation is one of the central practices in science learning and helps deepen students' conceptual understanding. Students should learn how to communicate ideas including procedure tests, data interpretations, and investigation outcomes in verbal and written forms through argument structure. This article presents a negotiation model to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Parker, Jennifer; Lazaros, Edward – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2013
The activity described in this article engages students in learning about proper meat storage procedures by using the Internet. They apply their knowledge practically through creation of a pamphlet to be displayed in their kitchen at home and a follow-up report on their parents' kitchen procedures; they may also participate in a classic food…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Safety, Teaching Methods, Family Environment
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