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Llosa, Lorena; Grapin, Scott E.; Haas, Alison – Science and Children, 2022
Formative assessment during the course of instruction is an essential practice for supporting all students, including English learners (ELs), in the science classroom. It typically consists of three steps: (1) The teacher elicits information about student learning through various methods; (2) The teacher interprets (or makes sense of) that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physical Sciences, English Language Learners, Formative Evaluation
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Stout, Jody; Rouse, Rob; Malesic, Jonathan; Krummeck, Katie – Science and Children, 2022
Design thinking--a human-centered approach to problem solving--is a process by which K-12 teachers engage students in solving relevant issues that occur in their schools. In this article, the authors describe a project in which fourth-graders used design thinking to solve an unexpected issue related to a much-anticipated class project. The project…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Design, Animals
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Schneider, Laura B.; Grable, Stephanie – Science and Children, 2022
Science centers provide an engaging way for young learners to explore related concepts. The hands-on nature of each exercise secures the stimulation necessary to maintain focused attention. In this article, the authors describe a multi-day 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) lesson on nocturnal and diurnal animals with science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Animals, Student Centered Learning
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Muller, Alexandria; Connolly, Tarah; Galisky, John; Skinner, Ron; Christman, Devon M.; Harlow, Danielle – Science and Children, 2022
The activity presented in this article is part of a four-part module that centers earthquakes as a common phenomenon that students experience and introduces the idea of a resonant frequency. When the seismic waves from an earthquake encounter a building, the subsequent oscillating motion of the ground causes the building to move back and forth.…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Elementary School Students, Science Activities, Design
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Lee, Shiela; Russell, John; Campbell, Todd; Lee, Okhee – Science and Children, 2022
Engineering has led the way in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including developing masks that reduce transmission, digital tools that allow contact tracing, and vaccines that show promise to put an end to the pandemic and allow a more normal way of life. Society is not only "following the science," but is also applying principles…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Personal Autonomy, Problem Solving, Elementary School Students
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Wilcox, Jesse; Reiter, Reade; Rose, Abby; Alberts, Alex; Murano, Katie – Science and Children, 2022
Although the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) have three dimensions, the crosscutting concepts are often the forgotten dimension. One reason teachers may not emphasize the crosscutting concepts might be because they are broad, domain-general constructs that can be difficult to conceptualize in a meaningful way. Yet, when taught…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Bradley, Barbara A.; Bradley, A. Allen, Jr. – Science and Children, 2022
Water is critical to our health and well-being, yet one in three people do not have access to safe drinking water. Earth's water is threatened by pollution, deforestation, urban growth, and climate changes. This article describes a unit for kindergarten children called The Water We Drink.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Water, Kindergarten, Science Activities
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Recker, Abigail; Mulvey, Bridget; Ortiz, Joseph – Science and Children, 2022
Throughout the country, there are many bodies of fresh water affected by algal blooms. By focusing on a water source near their school, students can become scientists, too. Situating science content in real and meaningful learning experiences encourages students to be invested in their own learning, construct deeper understandings, and apply those…
Descriptors: Water, Natural Resources, Grade 3, Elementary School Science
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Tofel-Grehl, Colby; Searle, Kristin; Hawkman, Andrea; Hansen, Tyler; Lott, Kimberly – Science and Children, 2021
This article shares the "Paper Circuit Story Timeline" and the "Story Quilting" project from the Elementary STEM Teaching Integrating Technology and Computing Holistically (E-STITCH) curriculum, a free curriculum and project guide set for grades 3-6. The E-STITCH curriculum is designed as a method for teaching science and…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Current Events, Science Education, Social Studies
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Edelen, Daniel; Simpson, Heather; Bush, Sarah B. – Science and Children, 2021
Preparing students for their future is a clear and concise goal of education. STEM education is no different and is often considered a key way to increase students' 21st century skills or prepare students for a future career (Bybee 2010). We also believe that education should engage students as empathetic problem solvers (as described in Bush and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, STEM Education, Problem Solving, Art Activities
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Roberts, Kean; Wilcox, Jesse; Bahnson, Anna – Science and Children, 2021
Regardless of the student population or school geography, community gardens can provide a context for teaching numerous standards across multiple grades and can help all students better understand nature. To help illustrate the versatility of community gardens, this article includes three sample 5E lessons from different grade levels and school…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Gardening
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Gunshenan, Clare; Inouye, Martha; Houseal, Ana; Jacobs, Tracy – Science and Children, 2021
In this article, the authors share how model lessons spaced throughout the year, connected by a single anchoring phenomenon, provided opportunities for teachers to build schema for complex science learning as they shifted between "learner hats" and "teacher hats." Descriptions of the authors' workshop sessions include…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Workshops, Teaching Methods
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Burke, Christopher; Lazarowicz, Amy – Science and Children, 2021
Creating a culturally responsive (Ladson-Billings 1995) or culturally sustaining (Paris 2012) learning environment requires teachers making connections to students' experiences outside of school, allowing them to draw on what Gonz├ílez, Moll, and Amanti (2006) refer to as students' "funds of knowledge," or the values, interests, and…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Minority Group Students
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2021
We all "do"--that is, participate in--science in some way. Everyone participates in science as part of their activities of daily living, such as using soap to make hand-washing more effective, using heat to cook food, and closing windows and doors to slow the movement of heat. We may not always identify our actions as a part of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods
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Rodriguez, Alberto J. – Science and Children, 2021
The concepts of "culturally relevant pedagogy" and "culturally responsive teaching" have been interpreted and enacted in various ways for over two decades. Informed by this research, the author shares a critical approach to teaching and learning using "sociotransformative constructivism" (sTc). This framework merges…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Constructivism (Learning), Social Justice, Teaching Methods
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