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Edwards, Kirsten D.; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Wright, Tanya S. – Science and Children, 2020
Young children love opportunities to build, discover, and solve problems. Teachers can take advantage of these natural tendencies by introducing students to aspects of engineering design while they engage in classroom activities. Engineering also lends itself to supporting students in developing disciplinary literacy practices such as learning…
Descriptors: Engineering, Kindergarten, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts
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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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Garcia, Marisa; Gentry, Christine; Jordan, Elissa; Nolan, Bekka; Cunningham, Christine M. – Science and Children, 2019
In engineering, teachers can push even the youngest learners to think critically and create something that reflects the function of the real thing. When children create, they often make a representation of something--a crayon-drawn stick-figure family or a butterfly life cycle represented with pasta--that is based on appearance. Their questions…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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Hatton, Mary; Grimbilas, Sara; Kane, Caroline; Kenyon, Tara – Science and Children, 2019
Will spring be early next year? This is a question the authors ponder each fall as they prepare for a yearlong citizen science project with kindergartners. Citizen science projects naturally promote the development of science and engineering practices. These projects can be integrated at any grade level and aligned to meet other content areas as…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Interests, Gardening, Plants (Botany)
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Ehsan, Hoda; Rehmat, Abeera P.; Cardella, Monica E. – Science and Children, 2019
Computational thinking can provide a basis for problem solving, for making evidence-based decisions, and for learning to code or create programs. Therefore, it is critical that all students across the K-12 continuum--including students in the early grades--have opportunities to begin developing problem solving and computational thinking skills.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Computer Science Education, Thinking Skills
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Wright, Tanya S.; Haverly, Christa; West, JoAnne; Gotwals, Amelia Wenk – Science and Children, 2019
Classroom discussion can help young children monitor their thinking and share their ideas in order to be understood (Donovan and Bransford 2005). Particularly for children who are not yet reading and writing independently, opportunities to discuss ideas can support engagement and sensemaking during science instruction (e.g., Wright and Gotwals…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary School Science, Decision Making, Teaching Methods
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Lemaster, Jodi; Willett, Vicki – Science and Children, 2019
Observing children tossing a ball in a game of catch or pumping their legs to move a swing, it is obvious that they have already experienced and learned to control the basics of pushes and pulls. Through everyday experiences as simple as rolling a ball across the floor, to more complex activities like team sports, children are building a…
Descriptors: Playgrounds, Science Instruction, Physics, Motion
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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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Bradley, Barbara A. – Science and Children, 2017
Children enjoy water play, and kindergarten children can learn about the water cycle. Teachers are already introducing elements of the water cycle when discussing weather and bodies of water. The water cycle also can be a springboard for teaching children about plants and animals and the importance of water for sustaining life and shaping our…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Water, Earth Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Forrest, Lorrie; Hechter, Richard – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an activity designed to foster an authentic way for students to learn about the biodiversity in their community. The activity is a half year scaffolding sequence to explore the living environment right outside the classroom. In using the outdoors just outside the window as a classroom, an inquiry based activity accomplished…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Biological Sciences, Science Activities, Biodiversity
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Counsell, Shelly; Jacobs, Kristine; Gatewood, Stephanie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes the kindergarten unit on environmental awareness, "Who Wants to Live and Grow in a Garbage Dump?," which integrated life science, health and nutrition concepts, and relationships around the topic of "soil." Science Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM) activities used in the lesson plans were…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Environmental Education, Soil Science, Nutrition
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Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Wright, Tanya – Science and Children, 2017
There is always debate about when, where, and how to introduce students to vocabulary when teaching science. The authors argue that there is not necessarily a singular correct order or right time to introduce new vocabulary to students. Rather, what is important is that we support students in learning the language they need to engage in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Jargon, Science Process Skills
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2016
For young children, a found acorn, stone, or lichen-covered branch can be a touchstone of an experience in nature. Children, however, should also be taught to "leave no trace." As the National Park Service advocates, visitors to natural areas should "Preserve the sense of discovery for others by leaving all natural and cultural…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, STEM Education, Art Education
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Shorter, Angela; Segers, Marcia – Science and Children, 2016
How can an engineer design a bird feeder that attracts many birds? This question resulted from kindergarten students' observations of the bird feeders in their school's bird sanctuary. The challenging question is the heart of project-based learning (PBL), a teaching strategy in which students tackle real-world problems and design projects to solve…
Descriptors: Ornithology, Recreational Activities, Science Activities, Science Education
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