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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Grabia, Kathryn; Sandifer, Cody – Science and Children, 2017
In a kindergarten classroom, exclamations like "Oh no!" may be causes for concern. However, when the students in Mrs. Grabia's classroom shouted "Oh no!" and "Uh oh!" during an engineering-infused 5E lesson, it meant that a persistent little robot had pushed its way out of the fences they had created. It also meant…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods
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Duran, Emilio; Worch, Eric; Boros, Amy; Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2017
One of the most powerful strategies to support next generation science instruction is the use of instructional models. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional model is arguably the most widely used version of a learning cycle in today's classrooms. The use of the 5Es as an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Biology, Science Curriculum
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Fink, Kristi R. – Science Teacher, 2017
Earth's easily seen surface features (mountains, volcanoes, and islands)--and the movement of the tectonic plates that lie below--offer hints about the processes that produced them. Inquiries in seismology, the study of earthquakes and other ground movements, can help students learn about Earth's geologic processes. This article describes an…
Descriptors: Geology, Seismology, Plate Tectonics, Science Activities
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Thorne, Sarah – Science Teacher, 2017
The lichen is an ideal subject for student study because it is omnipresent in school yards, easily collected and observed year-round, a pioneer of evolution on land, and a bioindicator of air pollution. After doing fieldwork on this unusual composite organism as an apprentice with a team of lichenologists, Sarah Thorne developed Learning Lichens.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Biology, Plants (Botany)
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Barth, Katie; Bahr, Damon; Shumway, Steven – Science and Children, 2017
Across the United States, political leaders, educators, and business persons are issuing an urgent call for reform in STEM education (NGSS Lead States 2013). One important response to this call is Integrated STEM, which the National Governor's Association (2007, p. 7) says involves, "... an emphasis on design and problem solving in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Holt-Taylor, Lisa – Science and Children, 2017
Because honeybees are so crucial to the ecosystems in which they exist, educating younger children on the usefulness and relative harmlessness of honeybees may be key to ensuring their survival among future generations. Described here is a unit that addresses the critical role of the honeybee in pollinating flowers using the 5E learning cycle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Plants (Botany), Entomology
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Mangiaracina, Mike – Science and Children, 2017
This 5E cycle of lessons takes students through a fun and thorough study of Silly Putty's properties, progressing from an initial observation of a "melting snowman" toy in the Engage phase to making and "marketing" their own homemade putty in the Evaluate phase. Along the way, students use evidence to construct their own…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 2, Water
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Pleasants, Jacob – Science Teacher, 2017
Helping students understand the Nature of Science (NOS) is a long-standing goal of science education. One method is to provide students examples of science history in the form of short stories. This article modifies that approach, using historical case studies to address both the history of science and the history of technology, as well as the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Literary Genres, Science History, Teaching Methods
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Trimble, Leslie – Science Teacher, 2017
Building a website allows students to find and evaluate resources, pose and answer scientific questions, and connect class content to real-world problems and possible solutions. Writing explanations for a particular audience, instead of only the teacher, requires students to state concepts clearly, leading to increased comprehension. Finding the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Web Sites, Creativity
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Guedens, Wanda J.; Reynders, Monique – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Prior to the recycling process, raising awareness of plastic waste impact, e.g., polluting oceans worldwide, is undoubtedly a first attempt to tackle this pandemic environmental issue. With this in mind, the presented practical session is an effort to entice an interdisciplinary audience of science undergraduates toward a sustainable future. The…
Descriptors: Plastics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Chemistry, Laboratory Experiments
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Wilcox, Jesse; Kruse, Jerrid; Clough, Michael – Science and Children, 2017
Even though many educators are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), science often does not receive the attention in elementary school that it should. One way to ensure that elementary school children have the science experiences they need and deserve is to use it as a context to teach…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Grade 3
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James, Joan K.; Matthews, Robert W. – Science and Children, 2017
In their classrooms, the authors observed students experiencing meaningful and memorable learning when they were immersed in scientific inquiry involving Bess beetles. Students who learn from active, experiential instruction, find such learning to be exciting and emotionally engaging. As a result, they learn more deeply and effectively. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Hands on Science, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
Play areas contain objects that fascinate young children. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue uses children's interest in collecting outdoor objects to develop their number sense and to build their understanding of math concepts.
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education
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Mason, Kevin; Evans, Brian – Science Teacher, 2017
The "plasma membrane," which controls what comes in and goes out of a cell, is integral to maintaining homeostasis. Cell transport of small molecules across the cell membrane happens in several different ways. Some small, nonpolar molecules cross the plasma membrane along the concentration gradient directly through the "phospholipid…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Models
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2017
Engaging students in elementary science is often done within the confines of the classroom. Citizen science projects, however, bring students, families, teachers, and communities together to help scientists with their research. Students become active participants in real research, use their three-dimensional understanding of science, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Projects, Books, Childrens Literature
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