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Bradbury, Leslie; Frye, Beth; Gross, Lisa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2013
This project describes a fourth-grade unit that integrated science and language arts using the book "The Capture" as a focal point. During the unit, students engaged in science activities and language arts lessons that focused on owls. Students conducted investigations that helped them develop a deeper understanding of the adaptations of…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Childrens Literature, Wildlife
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Erickson, Susan; Howard, Sue – Science and Children, 2011
Participating in the Disney Planet Challenge (DPC) program allowed this author's 22 fourth-grade students an opportunity to be involved in a real-world problem: how to protect a threatened species and become its advocate. Using many different technology tools, the students informed their community about a threatened species--the Blanding's…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Wildlife, Elementary School Students, Technology
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Barak, Miri; Dori, Yehudit J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Science teaching deals with abstract concepts and processes that very often cannot be seen or touched. The development of Java, Flash, and other web-based applications allow teachers and educators to present complex animations that attractively illustrate scientific phenomena. Our study evaluated the integration of web-based animated movies into…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Textbooks, Science Teachers
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So, Wing-mui Winnie; Ching, Ngai-ying Fiona – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2011
With the rapid expansion of broadband Internet connection and availability of high performance yet low priced computers, many countries around the world are advocating the adoption of e-learning, the use of computer technology to improve learning and teaching. The trend of e-learning has urged many teachers to incorporate online resources in their…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computers, Internet, Students
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Cooper, Sandi; Thomas, Julie; Motley, Tammy – Science and Children, 2011
Recently, a group of fourth graders joined "Pintail Partners"--a year-long collaborative research effort of scientists, students, classroom teachers, preservice teachers, museum educators, and university professors. Students and teachers followed satellite tracking data (marking the pintail duck's spring migration) and interacted with scientists…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Weather, Science Activities, Museums
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Thomas, Jeff – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2011
This study addresses preservice teachers' perceptions toward online experiences, specifically, their perceptions about utilizing an online science methods curriculum versus a traditional methods curriculum. Thirty-eight senior level preservice teachers at a midwestern U.S. university completed surveys about their experiences during their methods…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Curriculum Implementation
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Morgan, Emily; Ansberry, Karen; Phillips-Birdsong, Colleen – Science and Children, 2010
Weather is a topic in science that is applicable to our lives on an everyday basis. The weather often determines what we wear, where we go, and what we do. This month's column focuses on clouds and the part they play in determining our weather. In the K-3 lesson, students learn about different cloud types and sculpt each type out of shaving cream.…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, National Standards, Scientific Concepts, Elementary Education