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Broderick, Jane Tingle; Boniol, Kathryn; Martin, Nathan; Robshaw, Kate; Holley, Virginia – Science and Children, 2021
Early experiences with planning and guiding children's learning can be exciting for preservice teachers in undergraduate teacher training programs. In this article, observations of a preschool play session guide four preservice teachers to design a series of play-centered lessons addressing serious science concepts (Hall 2010). While the concepts…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers
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Lange, Alissa A.; Rice, Erin; Howe, Noell; Tian, Qiuju – Science and Children, 2021
In this challenge, the authors wanted to support students' knowledge of light and the ways in which it interacts with other materials through a series of connected learning experiences. These experiences are related to "NGSS standard 1-PS4-3 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer. Plan and conduct investigations…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, STEM Education, Learning Activities
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Jackson, Julie K.; Forsythe, Michelle; Parthemore, Joseph; Rix, Alexis; Medeiros, Danielle – Science and Children, 2021
Engineering design-based learning entered the discourse of science education with the release of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). Since that time there has been a focused effort to embed engineering design and engineering-based thinking in elementary school experiences. As thinking like an engineer is…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Standards, Design
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Feille, Kelly; Wildes, Annie; Pyle, Janet; Marshall, Jessica – Science and Children, 2021
At a time when changes in standards and curriculum compound the pressures of fifth-grade state testing, the authors wanted to find an engaging way to involve students in authentic science and engineering. Rather than put their efforts into a traditional science fair that would inevitably lead to inequitable input by parents and students alike,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Science Education
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Batrouny, Nicole; Wendell, Kristen; Andrews, Chelsea; Dalvi, Tejaswini – Science and Children, 2021
The engineering design process (EDP) can be a wonderful tool to nurture creative problem-solving abilities, prepare students to tackle problems with intentional planning, and encourage learning from failures. Many lesson plans and instructional strategies are guided by the EDP (Hill Cunningham, Mott, and Hunt 2018). In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Design, Science Education, Engineering Education, Teaching Methods
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Rinehart, Ronald W.; Olsen, Benjamin D.; Freese, Lisa; Kuhn, Mason – Science and Children, 2021
Space exploration is intrinsically interesting to young learners. Children gaze at the stars and marvel at what it might be like to live "out there!" With the July 2020 launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission, and its landing in 2021, there is no better time to capitalize on engineering and science in the news. This mission is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Space Sciences, Space Exploration, Engineering
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Nixon, Ryan S.; Navy, Shannon L.; Barnett, Sarah; Johnson, Marissa; Larson, Delaney – Science and Children, 2021
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many professional development programs have been canceled or postponed. Many teachers are working from home, at least in part, limiting how frequently they can interact with colleagues and interrupting the ease of popping in on the teacher next door. Because these common resources are out of reach, teachers…
Descriptors: Social Media, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Planning
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Deniz, Hasan; Yesilyurt, Ezgi; Kaya, Erdogan – Science and Children, 2021
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) have placed a special emphasis on engineering, raising engineering design to the level of scientific inquiry. Therefore, it is important for teachers to integrate engineering processes into their teaching. Students should experience engineering design in their science…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Picture Books, Engineering Education, English Language Learners
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Pearl, Sandra; Bless, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2021
The activity presented in this article is an engaging engineering challenge that has been conducted with third- through fifth-grade students in school classrooms and during after-school programs. This article describes the hands-on activity as appropriate for fifth graders that supports the "Next Generation Science Standards." This…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Engineering Education, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Schneider, Laura B.; Wills, Kayce – Science and Children, 2021
This article describes a three-dimensional 5E (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, Evaluation) lesson that investigates 3-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived. A phenomena-based approach was used to engage third graders in the story of Maya, who…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Natural Resources
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Katchmark, Laura; McCabe, Elisabeth; Matthews, Kristen; Koomen, Michele – Science and Children, 2020
What better way to engage fifth-grade students in science and engineering practices than to use paper airplanes to encourage them to question, explore, create, and test designs! This multi-day unit draws from a fourth-grade curriculum (Pearson 2012) aligned with the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) used in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Engineering Education
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Angelone, Lauren – Science and Children, 2020
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has been at the center of a national conversation around the necessity to strengthen the STEM workforce starting with STEM education in K-12 schools. "The Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) incorporate a prominent engineering component in both disciplinary…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education
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Baird, Kate; Coy, Stephanie – Science and Children, 2020
In this article the authors describe a model that starts from the basics of the OWL (observe, wonder, learn) large-group discussion strategy then moves onto new experiences that serve as the jumping off point for student-generated questions and investigations. The OWL version of a KWL (Know-Want to Know-Learn) process becomes a path to language…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Models
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2020
An open-ended assignment to "make something" out of cardboard was a good fit for a half-day camp class of children in kindergarten, first, and second grades where the first goal was to have fun while learning. Given the opportunity to make something of their own design for their own purposes out of cardboard, the children persisted while…
Descriptors: Camps, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Lindquist, Bill; Wiens, Bryna; Char, Robyn; Mark, Leah; Baumgartner, Joshua – Science and Children, 2020
Crossroads Elementary School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was designed and built physically and pedagogically with an "Inquiry Zone" located in the heart of the school. This collection of 80 learning centers provides a pathway for all students to pursue their own scientific interests. In this article, the authors describe the background and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Institutional Characteristics, Science Education, Engineering Education
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