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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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Pitts Bannister, Vanessa R.; Jamar, Idorenyin; Mutegi, Jomo W. – Science and Children, 2007
In this article, the learning progress of one fifth-grade student is examined with regard to the development of her graph interpretation skills as she participated in the Junior Science Institute (JSI), a two-week, science intensive summer camp in which participants engaged in microbiology research and application. By showcasing the student's…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Microbiology, Cognitive Processes, Graphs
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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