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Tseng, ChingMei; Chen, Shu-Bi Shu-Bi; Chang, Wen-Hua – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Guiding students to generate testable scientific questions is essential in the inquiry classroom, but it is not easy. The purpose of the BDC ("Big Idea, Divergent Thinking, and Convergent Thinking") instructional model is to to scaffold students' inquiry learning. We illustrate the use of this model with an example lesson, designed…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Inquiry, Grade 5, Concept Teaching
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Steenhoek, Joshua – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Argumentation is now seen as a core practice for helping students engage with the construction and critique of scientific ideas and for making students scientifically literate. This article demonstrates a negotiation model to show how argumentation can be a vehicle to drive students to learn science's big ideas. The model has six phases:…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Grade 5, Scientific Principles
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Gerido, Leona; Curran, Mary Carla – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Technology use in science classes can enhance lessons and reinforce scientific content. The creation of multimedia projects is a great way to engage students in lessons about estuarine ecosystems. In this activity, students can learn about estuarine organisms and use their creativity to write a story, create artwork, and develop a multimedia…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Cisterna, Dante; Williams, Michelle; Merritt, Joi – American Biology Teacher, 2013
This study explores upper-elementary and early-middle-school students' ideas about cells and inheritance and describes patterns of understanding for these topics. Data came from students' responses to embedded assessments included in a technology-enhanced curriculum designed to help students learn about cells and heredity. Our findings suggest…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Heredity, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Rop, Charles J. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Biology teachers know how important it is for them and for their students to engage first-hand with nature. Ideally, bringing students to fields, woodlands, and wetlands to observe, explore, and wonder is the best way to stimulate curiosity and practice scientific inquiry. However, for many reasons, field excursions are not always practical or…
Descriptors: Entomology, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Science Activities
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Turner, Matthew J.; Rios, Jose M. – American Biology Teacher, 2008
Recent education reform efforts are at the forefront of educators' minds across the nation, science teachers notwithstanding. At least 48 states have developed a mandated standardized test, the majority of which also publish an individual school proficiency report. Washington State's new standardized science test is an example of such reforms…
Descriptors: Research Design, Scientific Methodology, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement