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Roy, Ken – Science and Children, 2015
All elementary teachers should be aware of their students' allergies especially when they are planning to use plants or animals in the classroom or interacting with them in the field. This knowledge is essential because allergy symptoms can range from an itchy rash to anaphylactic shock. This column shares safety information for the science…
Descriptors: Safety, Allergy, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Carson, Beverly – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes an interdisciplinary project that created awareness of female scientists in a public Montessori classroom. Every spring, the author's sixth-grade students write an educational play in which the entire class participates. Following an underwhelming response to asking students who are their favorite female scientists, the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Montessori Method, Scientific Concepts, Scientists
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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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Fisher, Nicole; Lorenz-Reaves, Amanda – Science and Children, 2018
Insects are extremely important for maintaining the natural environment, performing such essential ecosystem services as decomposition, dung burial, and soil aeration, as well as providing food for other wildlife. Insects are also important for human interests such as crop pollination. Though the advantages of using insects as teaching tools are…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Entomology, Teaching Methods, Montessori Method
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Arreguin-Anderson, Maria Guadalupe; Esquierdo, Jennifer Joy – Science and Children, 2011
Learning science for bilingual students involves much more than mastering concepts and science process skills. Although classroom investigations and hands-on activities promote comprehension, bilingual learners still experience specific language difficulties related to unfamiliar discourse structures and grammatical forms that must be used while…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Printed Materials, Science Process Skills, Bilingualism
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Dalimonte, Cathy – Science and Children, 2013
In the STEM classroom, students can work in collaborative teams to build those essential skills needed for the 21st-century world. In project-based learning (PBL), teams of four to six students are often randomly selected to describe a realistic situation that may occur in today's workplace; this may be done by counting off in fours, fives,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Cooperative Learning, Problem Based Learning, Teamwork
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Miller, Bridget; Martin, Christie – Science and Children, 2016
The idea of notebooking is not new in the science classroom. Since the mid-1970s, writing has been found to facilitate students' critical thinking and learning across a variety of content areas. For science educators, notebooks have become an essential tool for supporting students' scientific inquiry in and across concepts. Scientific notebooks…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Interactive Video, Handheld Devices
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Capobianco, Brenda M.; Nyquist, Chell; Tyrie, Nancy – Science and Children, 2013
This article describes the steps incorporated to teach an engineering design process in a fifth-grade science classroom. The engineering design-based activity was an existing scientific inquiry activity using UV light--detecting beads and purposefully creating a series of engineering design-based challenges around the investigation. The…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Inquiry
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Troncale, Jennifer M. – Science and Children, 2016
Reading and writing are essential skills that students use as they learn science. For students to attain scientific literacy, they must create meaningful lessons capitalizing on curiosity and natural wonders about the world, through which students speak, read, and write about their science experiences. The inquiry-based lesson described in this…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Lesson Plans
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Gilbert, Amy V.; Johns, Katherine E. – Science and Children, 2014
In supporting students toward literacy, teachers must provide experiences that support the formation of informed understandings of the nature of science (NOS), as well as a structure for developing evidence-based explanations. In this article the authors describe how they guided their students through this learning cycle to answer the essential…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Miller, Bridget; Satsangi, Rajiv – Science and Children, 2018
Today's classrooms contain students with a variety of needs. Although teachers work to differentiate and meet the needs of diverse students, inclusion of students with physical disabilities can present multiple obstacles in science classrooms. However, with advanced planning and strategic accommodations, the needs of these students can often be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 2, Rural Schools, Elementary School Teachers
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Henrichs, Erinn L.; Jackson, Julie K. – Science and Children, 2012
Establishing classroom routines that provide students with the opportunities to learn and successfully apply the language of science is a daunting task. With minor variations, research has shown that effective and comprehensive vocabulary programs share four common elements: they are rich and varied language experiences; they teach well-selected…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Science Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Pace, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2018
Research has shown that visual literacy is an important element to use within a classroom (Tillmann 2012). One way to incorporate visual literacy into the science classroom is with the use of advertisements. In this article, Tiffany Pace describes how she and her students began their visual literacy quest while studying mixtures and solutions,…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Science Instruction, Plastics, Science Experiments
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Mayberry, Sally – Science and Children, 2014
How do teachers ignite a fire that kindles a love for books and produces a sense of wonder in the science classroom? What do teachers know and do that lights that spark in their students (Cummins 2012)? In this article, science and mathematics professor Sally Mayberry highlights a number of trade books that have made a fantastic difference in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Reading Aloud to Others, Books, Student Attitudes
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Stone, Jody H.; Lockhart, Amy – Science and Children, 2013
Great science activities don't just happen; they are orchestrated by highly skilled teachers who are creative, caring, and innovative. Effective classroom teachers possess a deep understanding of the developmental characteristics of their students and are adept at translating this understanding into opportunities for individual students to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Science Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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