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Aragon, Katherine; Hirschwerk, Rebecca – Journal of Museum Education, 2018
The Drawn to Nature program is a collaboration between the museum and a local school district that encourages first graders to explore the ponds, meadows, forests, and sculpture on the 145-acre nature preserve of the Nassau County Museum of Art in two seasons. Students engage in active, developmentally appropriate learning through movement across…
Descriptors: Museums, Arts Centers, Educational Cooperation, Grade 1
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Sumrall, William J.; Sumrall, Kristen M.; Robinson, Hannah A. – Science Activities: Projects and Curriculum Ideas in STEM Classrooms, 2018
Biomimicry is a difficult concept for younger children to grasp. This manuscript describes a group of successful activities that we have used to teach biomimicry to first graders. The activity begins with a class discussion about camouflage, a concept many students have experienced. Then the students participate in an activity in which they are…
Descriptors: National Standards, Academic Standards, Science Education, Biology
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Mesa, Jennifer; Sorensen, Kirsten – Science and Children, 2016
Inspired by a song to be sung by her daughter's first-grade class in an upcoming musical, a parent volunteer teacher used fireflies as the focus of a science lesson to build on the children's interest and experiences. She developed a 5E lesson (Bybee et al. 2006) using the backwards-design approach (Wiggins and McTighe 2005) to ensure meaningful…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 1
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Dolenc, Nathan; Wood, Aja; Soldan, Katie; Tai, Robert H. – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, the authors discuss role-play as a pedagogical strategy to engage kindergarten and first-grade students in science and engineering. They present a five-part Mars colony lesson that they developed for a blended class, during which students role-play a space-exploration story that enables them to gain a firsthand perspective of what…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Morgan, Emily; Ansberry, Karen – Science and Children, 2016
It's easy to see the connections between science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) in daily life, but they may not be so obvious in the classroom. This month's lessons allow students to explore the components of STEAM through a favorite art supply, the crayon, and a beloved American tradition, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Freehand Drawing, Art
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Evans, Leanne M.; Avila, Antonieta – Childhood Education, 2016
Language is one of the most important drivers of children's socialization and development of a sense of belonging within their school, community, and culture. For bilingual and multicultural children in particular, language plays a critical role in the development of their identity. If emergent language learners do not feel confident in their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, Scientific Literacy
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Bradbury, Leslie; Wilson, Rachel; Pepper, Nancy; Ledford, Mitzi – Science and Children, 2016
Most plants are able to obtain all of the nutrients that they need from air, water, and soil; however, this is not true of carnivorous plants. Because they tend to live in boggy soils where there are small amounts of nitrogen, carnivorous plants have developed specialized structures that enable them to lure and capture insects and sometimes other…
Descriptors: Science Education, Plants (Botany), Natural Resources, Teaching Methods
Louisiana Department of Education, 2016
The Louisiana English language arts student standards were created by over one hundred Louisiana educators with input by thousands of parents and teachers from across the state. Educators envisioned what proficient students should know and be able to do to compete in society and focused their efforts on creating standards that would allow them to…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Language Arts, State Standards, Academic Standards
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Bricker, Patricia; Faetz, Melissa; Tracy, Kelly N.; Luke, Nancy – Science and Children, 2015
Over many years, the authors have inquired into the integration of science and literacy in primary grades. Students have used science notebooks as places to write and draw their scientific questions, predictions, observations, research notes, claims, reflections, and wonderings. At the same time, the authors have engaged their students in writers'…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Education, Grade 1
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Lee, Tammy D.; Lubischer, Jane L. – Science and Children, 2014
In this article, Tammy D. Lee and Jane L. Lubischer describe a classroom lesson designed to explore how animals use sound to communicate and how this communication affects their survival. Lee and Lubischer wanted to bring an awareness of how science is happening in students' own backyards. They developed a half-day 5E lesson integrating two…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Hefty, Lukas – Science and Children, 2014
This article describes how one class at Douglas Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, a center for engineering and mathematics, incorporated an Engineering Design Process into its curriculum. At Jamerson Elementary, all students in kindergarten through fifth grade engage in teacher-created, integrated engineering units of study,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Suescun-Florez, Eduardo; Iskander, Magued; Kapila, Vikram; Cain, Ryan – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
This paper reports on the results of several geotechnical engineering-related science activities conducted with elementary-school students. Activities presented include soil permeability, contact stress, soil stratigraphy, shallow and deep foundations, and erosion in rivers. The permeability activity employed the LEGO NXT platform for data…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Science Activities, Elementary School Science
Molitor, Jessica; Ryall, Mickey; Kelter, Paul – Science Educator, 2013
"Sustainable" development refers to development that meets our needs, while making it possible for future generations to meet their needs. Societal and personal choices will dictate if sustainable development will be possible, or, rather, if the environmental, economic and social impact of our continual lifestyle demands will lead to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Elementary School Science
Department of Defense Education Activity, 2012
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is committed to providing the highest quality of education to its students. One way to provide a quality education is with an effective curriculum that reflects high standards and expectations. Thus, DoDEA has developed rigorous content standards aligned with national guidelines and standards.…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Academic Achievement, Curriculum Guides, Parent Education
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Legaspi, Britt; Straits, William – Science and Children, 2011
Categorizing organisms as living or nonliving things may seem to be intuitive by nature. Yet, it is regulated by scientific criteria. Students come to school with rules already in place. Their categorizing criteria have already been influenced by their personal experiences, also known as observations and inferences. They believe that all things…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Inferences, Classification
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