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Morgan, Emily; Ansberry, Karen – Science and Children, 2016
Pill bugs, also called roly-polies, are small terrestrial isopods that are abundant in temperate areas throughout the world. Because they are engaging, harmless, and easily collected, they provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about invertebrate body parts, behaviors, and information processing. This column includes activities…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Entomology, Science Activities
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2016
Young children love to draw, and should be encouraged to explore drawing as a communication tool. Drawing is a means by which children can express their thoughts, interests and feelings, long before they learn to write. We know that: "children's drawings are vehicles for expression and communication" (Chang, 2012, p. 187). This form of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Biddy, Quentin – Science Teacher, 2015
As society becomes more technological, the need for scientific literacy grows . Part of scientific literacy is understanding the nature of science, which can be revealed, in part, by learning the historical context of current science concepts. History of science can be taught using scientific inquiry, scientific argumentation, and authentic…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Models
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Lega, Joceline C.; Buxner, Sanlyn; Blonder, Benjamin; Tama, Florence – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
We describe a third-year undergraduate course that focuses on multiscale modeling and protein folding and has as its primary goal the encouragement of students to integrate thinking across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. The ability to perform innovative and successful research work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Science Activities, Science Education, Undergraduate Students
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Devon, Elizabeth; Kennett, Peter; King, Chris – School Science Review, 2013
This description features a set of lively demonstrations and observations, including some group work, that illustrate features of Earth science such as the Earth's rotation, ocean currents, the formation and erosion of rocks, earthquakes and volcanoes. All were shown in a one-hour presentation to teachers and can readily be used in schools,…
Descriptors: Observation, Demonstrations (Educational), Earth Science, Science Activities
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Allen, Heather; Park, Soonhye – Science Scope, 2011
The number of students who learn English as a second language (ESL) in U.S. schools has grown significantly in the past decade. This segment of the student population increased by 56% between the 1994-95 and 2004-05 school years (NCLR 2007). As the ESL student population increases, many science teachers struggle to tailor instructional materials,…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Science Teachers, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods
Slotta, James D.; Linn, Marcia C. – Teachers College Press, 2009
This book shares the lessons learned by a large community of educational researchers and science teachers as they designed, developed, and investigated a new technology-enhanced learning environment known as WISE: The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment. WISE offers a collection of free, customizable curriculum projects on topics central to the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Internet, Educational Research, Science Education
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Delgado, Yvonne – Science and Children, 2008
Many teachers regularly use their own money during the year to pay for miscellaneous teaching materials or to help individual students in need. In this article, the author explains how to secure funds and resources for anything science teachers want to do educationally for their classroom. It's no fantasy; it's simply a matter of thinking ahead…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Science Teachers, Science Education, Instructional Materials
Matthews, Catherine E. – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006
This is an extensive integrated unit of study focused on that common and familiar insect-the cricket. In this edition, students are provided with more than 30 activities on crickets, which will help them learn science content and skills including: (1) Taxonomy; (2) Anatomy; (3) Ecology; (4) Mark and recapture techniques for estimating population…
Descriptors: Entomology, Ecology, Literacy, Hands on Science
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Moriarty, Robin Friedrichs – Young Children, 2002
To support science inquiry in preschools, the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, developed three teacher's guides to help teachers identify science-rich questions embedded in children's play and use those questions to engage the children in age-appropriate science inquiry. This article follows three Head Start teacher teams as…
Descriptors: Curiosity, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Experiential Learning
Koszalka, Tiffany A.; Grabowski, Barbara L.; Kim, Younghoon – 2001
Problem-based learning (PBL) has great potential for inspiring K-12 learning. KaAMS, a NASA funded project and an example of PBL, was designed to help teachers inspire middle school students to learn science. The students participate as scientists investigating environmental problems using NASA airborne remote sensing data. Two PBL modules were…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development
Dunkleberger, Gary E. – 1985
This paper describes the background and development, provides an overview, and discusses the evaluation of the Carroll County, Maryland, elementary school science program emphasizing a hands-on approach to science. It uses locally developed materials designed at each grade level and focuses on process skills instead of concepts. The program…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Office of Environment Education. – 1976
This document presents an explanation, illustration, and evaluation of a Students Toward Environmental Participation (S.T.E.P.) Project at Rutherford High School in Bay County, Florida. The main objective of this S.T.E.P. Project was to train high school students to teach environmental awareness activities to elementary students. This booklet…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities
Piltz, Albert; Gruver, William J. – Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1963
In the elementary and secondary schools, there is a movement toward a sequential instructional program which would involve the offering of a laboratory science each year from kindergarten to high school graduation. In some schools teachers have turned to science kits as a partial solution to the problems presented by restricted space, inadequate…
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Laboratories
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Chapman, John J.; Wilcox, John T. – Journal of Geological Education, 1983
Sedimentary patterns and hydraulic effects can be studies in model streams which are not to scale. The "Western River" is such a model which is being used effectively at Western Carolina College. Construction of the model, student exercises, and observations made when using the model are discussed. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Earth Science, Geology, Higher Education
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