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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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Ippolito, Jacy; Condie, Cami; Blanchette, Jaclyn; Cervoni, Cleti – Science and Children, 2018
Each summer, an elementary school on the New England coast is bustling with elementary students. The students are predominantly English learners (ELs) who struggle with reading, writing, and communication skills. The students are participating in a four-week summer program focused on increasing literacy skills through scientific investigations.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Literacy Education, Science Teachers
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2011
This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. The author discusses the formative assessment probe "Pond Water," which reveals how elementary children will often apply what they know about animal structures to newly discovered microscopic organisms, connecting their knowledge of the familiar to the unfamiliar through…
Descriptors: Animals, Formative Evaluation, Field Tests, Grade 5
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Powell, Debbie; Needham, Dick; Aram, Roberta – Science and Children, 2008
Planning effective, engaging lessons and units are challenging tasks for a teacher, but the process can also be meaningful and rewarding. Using a "big understanding"--a guiding statement describing essential content you want students to learn throughout the unit--teachers can successfully plan and create lessons around substantive science content…
Descriptors: State Standards, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction, Educational Change
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Schussler, Elisabeth; Winslow, Jeff – Science and Children, 2007
Effective instruction requires continual assessment of student understanding to identify and redirect misconceptions. This is particularly important when dealing with topics that seem straightforward to the teacher but may go beyond the personal experience of many students, such as the life cycle of flowering plants. Life cycles are a core topic…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Plants (Botany), Botany, Grade 4
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Chessin, Debby – Science and Children, 2007
Science centers can engage students; accommodate different learning styles and individual interests; help students become independent and confident learners; and encourage social skills among students. In this article, the author worked with third-grade students as they completed activities at learning centers during a week-long unit on simple…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Investigations, Problem Solving, Learning Centers (Classroom)
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Rommel-Esham, Katie – Science and Children, 2007
"How much popcorn will our classroom hold?" This intriguing question sparked a terrific integrated science and math exploration that the author conducted with fifth-and sixth-grade students. In the process of finding the classroom's volume, students developed science-process skills (e.g., developing a plan, measurement, collecting and interpreting…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Number Concepts, Inquiry, Science Experiments
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Capobianco, Brenda; Thiel, Elizabeth Andrew – Science and Children, 2006
Students may be slathered with SPF 30 sunscreen all summer at the beach or pool, but what do they know about ultraviolet (UV) light radiation and absorption? The authors of this article found the perfect opportunity to help students find out the science behind this important health precaution, when they developed a series of practical strategies…
Descriptors: Investigations, Elementary School Science, Science Activities, Science Process Skills
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Moore, L. Thomas – Science and Children, 2006
The author recently conducted a case study describing the process a suburban Ohio school district underwent when adopting a new elementary science program. The district's seven elementary schools moved from a "totally inquiry-based science program" in 1995 to a hybrid program of "inquiry-based and textbook science program" in…
Descriptors: Science Programs, School Districts, Elementary School Science, Inquiry
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Johnson, Roger T.; Johnson, David W. – Science and Children, 1986
Promotes the Every Teacher a Researcher program of the National Science Teachers Association. Encourages teachers to become involved in three types of action research with regard to cooperative learning in science. These are replicating, refining, and extending. Includes program registration form for interested teachers. (TW)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Zeitler, William R. – Science and Children, 1980
Three sets of elementary science materials are reviewed (ESS activity cards, ESS readers, "We Discover the World") that represent what can be done to enhance and structure learning for a single concept or topic. "We Discover the World" is a set of materials designed to introduce children to their world and their environment.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instructional Materials, Science Course Improvement Projects