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Brunvand, Stein; Bouwman, Jeffrey – Science and Children, 2018
Citizen science projects have been found to increase scientific knowledge and awareness among the participants who engage in these collaborative efforts. Providing elementary students the opportunity to collect, share, and analyze data is an effective way to help them develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and gain competency in…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Powell, Britnie; Malone, Molly; Drits-Esser, Dina; Stark, Louisa A. – Science and Children, 2018
The mechanics by which unique individuals are built from the instructions encoded in DNA is too advanced for elementary-age children. However, students can easily understand that organisms have observable traits and that each individual has a unique combination of traits, ideas that are included in the "Next Generation Science Standards"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Learning Activities, Genetics
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Stapp, Alicia; Chessin, Debby; Deason, Rebecca – Science and Children, 2018
The authors represent the life cycle of the butterfly through writing, drawing, dance, and math. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (NGSS Lead States 2013) emphasize college and career readiness as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students must develop a deep understanding of science concepts and engage in scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 1, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lott, Kimberly; Lott, Alan; Ence, Hannah – Science and Children, 2018
Inquiry-based active learning in science is helpful to all students but especially to those who have a hearing loss. For many deaf or hard of hearing students, the English language may be their second language, with American Sign Language (ASL) being their primary language. Therefore, many of the accommodations for the deaf are similar to those…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Units of Study, Acoustics
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Fast, Danene; Wild, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2018
For early elementary students with vision loss, these seemingly simple questions can pose great difficulty, especially when conceptual development is being established. Because students with vision loss are unable to observe non-verbal cues within environmental settings, supplemental learning techniques must be utilized for learning. In science,…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Science Instruction, Cues, Teaching Methods
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Tate, Kathleen; Doyle, Colin; Messina, Daniela; Warnecke, Brian; DePriter, Tiffany; Brillhart, Daniel – Science and Children, 2018
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (2014) sets forth that children learning science and engineering practices in the early years lays "the foundation for a progression of science learning in K-12 settings and throughout their entire lives." So, it is important to build upon children's natural curiosities and expose them to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Metallurgy, Grade 5, Academically Gifted
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Mesa, Jennifer – Science and Children, 2018
As an instructional framework, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can guide science teachers to purposefully apply evidence-based instructional practices to increase engagement and learning of students with disabilities (Israel, Ribuffo, and Smith 2014; Marino et al. 2014; Ok et al. 2016). This article describes how to use the Universal Design…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Access to Education, Barriers, Student Needs
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Chizek, Lisa; VanMeeteren, Beth; McDermott, Mark; Uhlenberg, Jill – Science and Children, 2018
Engineering is an intriguing way for students to connect the design process with their knowledge of science (NRC 2012). This article describes the "Engineering a Pancake Recipe" design process which was created to make the structure and properties of matter more meaningful for fifth grade students. The whole pancake recipe engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Grade 5, Elementary School Science
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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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Gallo-Fox, Jennifer; Stegeman, Lauren – Science and Children, 2018
By the age of five, there is already a science achievement gap among young children in the United States. Educators have worked to address this gap between upper elementary and middle school children for many years. However, little attention has been placed on preventing the gap by focusing on the youngest learners. This article describes how to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Achievement, Achievement Gap, Young Children
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Macalalag, Augusto, Jr.; Johnson, Barbara; Johnson, Joseph – Science and Children, 2018
Engaging students in designing, testing, and revising engineering models using mathematical representation of data from scientific investigations helps them embody the science and engineering practices highlighted in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013). The practices of modeling, conducting failure analysis,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Standards, Design, Engineering Education
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Stanford, Angela; Wilson, Connie; Barker, Emily – Science and Children, 2018
One plausible method for ensuring students are truly understanding science fundamentals beyond being actively and intellectually engaged is to consider how informal learning environments can provide meaningful relevancy by connecting to real-world instances. Transforming traditional science centers into informal learning centers will ensure that…
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Science Education, Informal Education, Educational Change
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Choffin, Amy; Johnston, Laura – Science and Children, 2018
This article describes how two teachers implemented a 5E lesson in a third-grade classroom where the students had been working with forces/motion and investigating things that move like pendulums, swing sets, and various toys. The lesson was included as part of a larger unit on motion. The desired outcome for this lesson was for students to…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Motion
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Stone, Jody H. – Science and Children, 2018
As every elementary teacher knows, an elementary classroom is a busy place. While literacy and mathematics command the majority of hours of the school day, many schools are left with an inadequate amount of time to devote to science. In an urban district, students in grades K-5 receive a mere 30 minutes a day for science and social studies. There…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Learning Centers (Classroom), Urban Schools
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Bhattacharya, Devarati; Adams, Krista L.; Mittelstet, Tammera J. – Science and Children, 2018
Scientific modeling, the practice of creating models such as "diagrams, analogies, and simulations" (NGSS Lead States 2013) allows students to develop and revise their own representations of the natural world and use them to generate predictions and explanations about scientific phenomenon. Research provides evidence for elementary…
Descriptors: Learning Centers (Classroom), Models, Science Instruction, Grade 2
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