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Borgerding, Lisa A.; Kaya, Fatma – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
Evolution and ecology are essential to an understanding of biology, but questions remain as to when and how young children can learn about these concepts. The concept of adaptation represents an opportunity for children to engage with these ideas, and this article presents several lessons used to teach adaptation to children aged three through six…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Concept Formation
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Parks, Melissa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
With school days seemingly getting shorter and packed with more and more obligations, teachers integrate core subjects like science and reading in the hopes of delivering a curriculum that is meaningful and content rich. Using trade books, primary teachers can develop and deliver science content designed to introduce students to proenvironmental…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Science Education, Academic Standards, Reading Materials
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Kimmel, Sue C.; Carlone, Heidi B. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
Engineering is receiving unprecedented attention in early childhood and elementary classrooms. Teachers of young children may recognize the ways young children act as natural engineers as they design and create with materials from the classroom or playground. Everyday experiences such as choosing the type of bag: paper, plastic, or a reusable…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Young Children, Design, Early Childhood Education
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Sumrall, William J.; Sumrall, Kristen M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
The NGSS MS-ETS1 Engineering Design (1-4) is the focus of the article. Development of a challenging problem-based activity that is an improvement over the traditional egg drop competition is emphasized. Quantification of data collected and real-world relevance are two activity components that are viewed as improvements over the egg drop. The…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Problem Based Learning, Science Activities
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Abdusselam, Mustafa Serkan; Kilis, Selcan; Sahin Çakir, Çigdem; Abdusselam, Zennure – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
As a fundamental strategy for all science curriculum, inquiry is of prime importance. In order to facilitate inquiry during science education in middle school, 5E learning model was applied in this study. Following 5E learning model during a lesson, students can engage in a topic after being served to mitigate cognitive disequilibrium or familiar…
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Science, Middle School Students, Learning Processes
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Rillero, Peter; Thibault, Malissa; Merritt, Joi; Jimenez-Silva, Margarita – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
In Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a problem is posed before students have learned how to solve it. Language and PBL pair well for effective learning environments. Informed by language-based theories of learning and strategically adding methods for working with English Language Learners (ELLs), we developed an approach called Problem-Based…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Learning Experience, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods
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Gross, Lisa; Fitts, Shanan; Quadrini, Valerie; Ramirez, Breanna M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
English learners (ELs) benefit from inquiry-based science instruction that includes explicit attention to language learning goals. The purpose of this article is to share a third-grade unit on forces and motion which integrates science inquiry and writing in science notebooks with the goal of developing ELs' engagement in science, conceptual…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English Language Learners, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Rosenthal, Julie L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
Recent science education reform has led to an increased emphasis on engaging students in inquiry and science practices rather than having them simply memorize scientific facts. However, many teachers of elementary science may themselves have had more traditional science learning experiences, and may therefore be unsure about inquiry-based teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Alpaslan, Muhammet Mustafa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
In recent years, the integration of science and mathematics has become popular among educators because of its potential benefits for student learning. The purpose of this study is to introduce a two-day interdisciplinary lesson that brings science and mathematics concepts together, actively engaging students in working with percentages of the…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Science Activities, Mathematics Activities
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Brown, Todd; Brown, Katrina – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
Solar eclipses occur several times a year, but most people will be lucky if they see one total solar eclipse in their lifetime. There are two upcoming total solar eclipses that can be seen from different parts of the United States (August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024), and they provide teachers with an amazing opportunity to engage students with a…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Education, Astronomy, Scientific Concepts
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Concannon, James; Brown, Patrick L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) challenges science teachers to think beyond specific content standards when considering how to design and implement curriculum. This lesson, "Windmills by Design," is an insightful lesson in how science teachers can create and implement a cross-cutting lesson to teach the concepts…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design, High School Students
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Gonczi, Amanda L.; Bergman, Brenda G.; Huntoon, Jackie; Allen, Robin; McIntyre, Barb; Turner, Sheri; Davis, Jen; Handler, Rob – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
Decision matrices are valuable engineering tools. They allow engineers to objectively examine solution options. Decision matrices can be incorporated in K-12 classrooms to support authentic engineering instruction. In this article we provide examples of how decision matrices have been incorporated into 6th and 7th grade classrooms as part of an…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Matrices, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students
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Frederick, J. Adam; Haines, Sarah; Romano, Christina; Takacs, Jacqueline – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
The eastern oyster, "Crassostrea virginica," is an ecologically and economically important species in Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are ecologically unique in the Chesapeake Bay because they build a structure known as a bar or reef by attaching to one another over a 45 long period of time. They have been coined the "Ecological Engineers…
Descriptors: Animals, Marine Education, Marine Biology, Anatomy
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Webb, Sarah; Carla Curran, Mary – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
Graphing and calculating percentages are integral skills in a STEM curriculum. Teaching students how to create graphs allows them to identify numerical trends and to express results in a clear and concise manner. In this activity, students will remain engaged in the lesson by moving around the room and then work together to generate their own…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, STEM Education, Graphs, Natural Resources
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Yolcu, Hasan – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2017
This article presents an analogy to illustrate the effect of surface roughness on surface wettability. I used a water-filled balloon to represent water droplet, a toothpick to represent surface roughness and Styrofoam as the surface. The analogies presented in this article will help visualize how roughness affects the wettability of the surface…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, High School Students, Secondary School Students
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