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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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Dunbar, Laura – General Music Today, 2015
Icons are frequently used in the music classroom to depict concepts in a developmentally appropriate way for students. SmartBoards provide music educators yet another way to share these manipulatives with students. This article provides a step-by-step tutorial to create Smart Icon Cards using the folk song "Lucy Locket."
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Dalvi, Tejaswini; Wendell, Kristen – Science and Children, 2015
A team of science teacher educators working in collaboration with local elementary schools explored opportunities for science and engineering "learning by doing" in the particular context of urban elementary school communities. In this article, the authors present design task that helps students identify and find solutions to a…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Elementary Education
Dolan, Anne M. – Trentham Books, 2014
"You, Me and Diversity" offers teachers and student teachers approaches for teaching children about development education and promoting intercultural understanding through carefully selected picturebooks. Research by the United Kingdom Literacy Association in 2007 found that few teachers are aware of such books. They feel unable to…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Picture Books, Teaching Methods, Global Education
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Kirkwood, Donna; Shulsky, Debra; Willis, Jana – Childhood Education, 2014
The advent of technology and access to the internet through the World Wide Web have stretched the traditional ways of teaching social studies beyond classroom boundaries. This article explores how teachers can create authentic and contextualized cultural studies experiences for young children by integrating social studies and technology. To…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Information Technology, Global Education
Joyner, Jeane M.; Muri, Mari – Math Solutions, 2011
What is formative assessment? Why do we do it and what do students gain? Formative assessment is not a one-time event. It is not the product or end result of a set of well-defined steps. Rather, formative assessment is a process identified in this resource as INFORMative assessment when it is a collection of strategies that engage teachers and…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Mathematics Achievement, Inferences
National Science Resources Center, 2010
In 1985, the leaders of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies established the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) to address the critical problem identified by the "A Nation at Risk" report. Through its Curriculum Development Center and in partnership with its publisher, Carolina Biological Supply Company, the NSRC developed…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Middle Schools, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Siegler, Robert; Carpenter, Thomas; Fennell, Francis; Geary, David; Lewis, James; Okamoto, Yukari; Thompson, Laurie; Wray, Jonathan – What Works Clearinghouse, 2010
This practice guide presents five recommendations intended to help educators improve students' understanding of, and problem-solving success with, fractions. Recommendations progress from proposals for how to build rudimentary understanding of fractions in young children; to ideas for helping older children understand the meaning of fractions and…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Problem Solving, Young Children, Elementary Education
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Gandy, S. Kay – Social Education, 2007
The fascination with buried treasures and lost civilizations transcends all ages and serves as an effective magnet for drawing students toward the study of archaeology. Connecting students to the past gives them a better understanding of their own present and future. In this article, the author describes how the scientific method of investigation…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Archaeology, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Bromley, Karen; Vandenberg, Amy; White, Jennifer – Reading Teacher, 2007
Building on the work of an earlier article ["The Word Writing CAFE: Assessing Student Writing for Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency," Dorothy J. Leal, "Reading Teacher," 59 (4) Dec 2005 (EJ738016)], these authors investigated the use of a simple assessment tool with a different audience to yield similar useful results. (Contains 3 figures and 4…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Teaching Methods, Writing Tests, Vocabulary Development
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Purcell, April D.; Ponomarenko, Alyson L.; Brown, Stephen C. – Science and Children, 2006
The challenge for today's elementary teachers is not "whether" but rather "how" to use computers to effectively teach students essential skills and concepts. One exciting way of meeting this challenge is to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer software that captures, manipulates, analyzes, and displays data on specialized layered…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Plate Tectonics, Information Systems
Marlow, Leslie; Inman, Duane – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005
In this educational era of increasing emphasis on student performance, there is a definite shortage of high-interest resources through which teachers can effectively address the ten standards identified by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Teachers need ideas for simple, low-cost activities, which they can do with their students…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Academic Standards
Oltman, Marcie, Ed. – 2002
This guide is written for environmental educators who are interested in learning more about how and why young children think and act, and how they can use this information to design developmentally appropriate programs and activities. The sections of this guide become progressively more practical and specific from understanding the basics of how…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Learning Processes
Smith, John P., III – 2002
This paper provides some guidance as to what to listen for to help students make sense of expressions in ways that connect to their ideas and honestly address the mathematics of rational numbers. It offers a reasonable initial answer to the question, "Where do students' ideas about fractions and ratios come from, and how can we work productively…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Fractions
O'Sullivan, Sheryl – 2002
Over the years there have been different terms for the idea of educating for character. Some of these are moral education, moral reasoning, values clarification, and ethics. But the basic idea of using schools to produce people of good character has been around for many generations. This volume explores the importance of including character…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Ethical Instruction
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