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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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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
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Brown, Patrick – Science and Children, 2019
Students come to class with ideas about science content and the practices used to generate knowledge. Their lived experience provides them with basic ideas about how the world works. Tapping into their innate understandings and testing their ideas allows them to construct a more accurate understanding. Research shows that all students are ready to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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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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Hanuscin, Deborah; King, Karen; Cisterna, Dante – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, the authors present a 5E learning cycle for fifth grade that focuses on using a model of matter to explain the properties they observe, and how those properties can help identify whether two objects are made of the same type of matter. That model also helps explain phenomena such as why a specific material floats, no matter how…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Models, Scientific Concepts
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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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Mesa, Jennifer – Science and Children, 2018
As an instructional framework, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can guide science teachers to purposefully apply evidence-based instructional practices to increase engagement and learning of students with disabilities (Israel, Ribuffo, and Smith 2014; Marino et al. 2014; Ok et al. 2016). This article describes how to use the Universal Design…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Access to Education, Barriers, Student Needs
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Nunez-Eddy, Emily; Wang, Xue; Chen, Ying-Chih – Science and Children, 2018
This article seeks to provide educators with strategies and activities that can be integrated within the 5E model (Bybee 1997) and demonstrate how argumentation can be assimilated into elementary classrooms to teach science concepts. In this lesson exemplar, 25 students in a first-grade English Language Development classroom (all of whom were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science, Grade 1
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Kahn, Sami; Hartman, Sara L. – Science and Children, 2018
As every elementary science teacher knows, children sometimes ask questions that can not easily be answered by science. The "messiness" of these questions may stem from the fact that scientific understanding is often incomplete and ever changing, a situation that can lead students (and the public) to be confused about the information…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science and Society, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Raven, Sara; Al Husseini, Diana; Cevik, Emel – Science and Children, 2018
Children are natural engineers. Engineering design activities for preschoolers introduce practices and encourage scientific habits of mind. The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) highlight that crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas can not be mastered without engaging in scientific investigations and…
Descriptors: Engineering, Technical Occupations, Engineering Education, Preschool Children
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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
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Bergman, Daniel J. – Science and Children, 2017
Classroom implementation of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) does not necessarily require complete curricular overhaul. In many cases, teachers can review previously used lessons with respect to the "NGSS," evaluate alignment, and make subsequent modifications. One science activity the author has…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Education, Classification, Accuracy
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Engaging children's interest, inspiring active exploration of materials, and fostering cooperation between children and adults is the best way to promote the construction of knowledge. Some popular early childhood activities can be expanded to provide experiences and time for children to build on their prior knowledge. This column discusses…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
Matter is an essential science topic that is often challenging to teach at the early elementary levels. Learning about matter helps students develop a solid foundation for more complex concepts that are taught in later years. Make this abstract concept developmentally appropriate for children by engaging them in investigations that focus on…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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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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