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Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Teaching Science, 2019
STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
New York State Education Department, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides federal funds to improve elementary and secondary education in the nation's schools. ESSA requires states and Local Educational Agencies (i.e., school districts and charter schools) to take a variety of actions to ensure that all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, disability…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality
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McNeill, Katherine; Reiser, Brian J. – Learning Professional, 2018
More than 60% of U.S. school children are being educated in states in which Next Generation Science Standards or other framework-derived standards have been adopted. This vision demands a central role for students to engage in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas, rather than solely learning about the science others…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Learner Engagement, Science Education
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McGowan, Veronica Cassone; Ventura, Marcia; Bell, Philip – Science and Children, 2017
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information on how students' everyday experiences can support science learning through engineering design. In this article, the authors outline a reverse-engineering model of instruction and describe one example of how it looked in our fifth-grade…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Engineering, Design
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Fulton, Lori; Paek, Seungoh; Taoka, Mari – Science and Children, 2017
Students of today are digital natives who for the most part come to school with experiences that may surpass those of their teachers. They use tablet computers and other devices in their personal lives and are eager to use them in the classroom. For teachers, this means they must integrate technology in ways that allow their students to learn with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
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Himschoot, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2017
Evidence is mounting that children have decreasing exposure to the natural world, which makes sense as the population of the planet urbanizes and many interests and assignments involve digital technology. According to the United Nations, 54% of the world's population now live in cities (2014), and a 2010 study by the Kaiser Health Foundation found…
Descriptors: Science Education, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Students, Merchandise Information
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Walker, Caryn; Ethington, Roberta L.; Stark, Alyssa Y. – Science and Children, 2016
Everyone has problems, from the smallest ant competing for a food source to the largest elephant needing to cool down. Fortunately, organisms have structures that function to help them solve these problems. So when a group of fourth-grade students look for solutions to their problems, who do they turn to? A biological champion, of course! Plants…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Plants (Botany), Animals, Science Instruction
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Gillan, Amy; Raja, Shella – Science and Children, 2016
In light of increasing populations and dwindling natural resources, elementary teachers play a crucial role in ensuring children understand and commit to more sustainable lifestyles. Climate change, growing pressures on global fisheries, and the harmful effects of traditional agricultural methods exacerbate this call. Coupled with this emphasis is…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Animals, Plants (Botany), Elementary School Science
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Campbell, Todd; Schwarz, Christina; Windschitl, Mark – Science and Children, 2016
The vision of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) "requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12" (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article the authors emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gross, Lisa A.; Bradbury, Leslie Upson; Frye, Elizabeth M.; Watkins, Bonnie – Science and Children, 2016
To further students' understanding about gravity, forces, and motion, multiple types of text were integrated into instruction. As part of a 5E lesson (Bybee et al. 2006), the authors used a selection from Capstone Press's Graphic Science series, "A Crash Course in Forces and Motion with Max Axiom" (Sohn and Barnett 2007) to support…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Education, Cartoons, Novels
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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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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
The abstract nature of physical science concepts often means that they are the most challenging for elementary students to grasp. Understanding how light behaves allows students to form a foundation for their future understanding. This month's trade books and activities engage students in basic concepts related to light.
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Lindquist, Bill; Loynachan, Courtney – Science and Children, 2016
Courtney Loynachan was a student in Dr. Lindquist's summer 2014 "Teaching Science in the Elementary School" methods course at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The course included an exploration of the power of writing as a learning tool for science with a particular focus on the use of science notebooks. Throughout the…
Descriptors: Science Education, English Language Learners, Spanish, Teaching Experience
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Johns, Gary; Mentzer, Nathan – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
Teachers can find opportunities to incorporate design thinking and scientific inquiry within any lesson where a constraint of the design can be connected to a scientific experiment. Within a lesson, this connection establishes context between engineering and science and can positively impact students' learning and interest in these subjects. The…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Design, Inquiry, Engineering Education
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Campbell, Todd; Schwarz, Christina; Windschitl, Mark – Science Teacher, 2016
The vision of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) "requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12" (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article the authors emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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