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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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Miller, Jocelyn; Roberson, Katy – Science and Children, 2020
This article describes an unit that was created for first-grade students using both the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a student-centered, problem-based approach. The multifaceted classroom unit combined with a take-home field study provides students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, STEM Education, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Todd, Lindsay; Keim, Lisa; Broder, Dale – Science and Children, 2020
This article describes a self-guided, story-like game with creative drawing for grades 3-5 that teaches the evolution concepts of adaptation, natural selection, ecosystem dynamics, inheritance, and mutation following the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"). Drawing reinforces concepts through emphasis on students'…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Evolution, Teaching Methods
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Bensusen, Sally J. – Science and Children, 2020
Art and science share several significant practices. Both involve exploration. Both use experimentation. Both endeavor to discover. And both share the act of careful observation. Observation is a concentrated study requiring attention to the characteristics of an object, a scene, or a situation: light, shape, texture, pattern, color, detail, and…
Descriptors: Illustrations, Artists, Workshops, Biodiversity
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Pace, Tiffany – Science and Children, 2020
This article describes a group of second and third graders who began the school year 83% below reading proficiency. On surveys given at the beginning of the year, parents/guardians stated reading was the biggest concern for their child, and students stated they enjoyed hands-on activities, especially during science. To increase comprehension and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2020
Since the release of "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" in 2012, there has been a significant shift toward the use of science and engineering practices that mirror the way scientists do their work (NRC 2012). The "Framework" states, "A focus on practices (in the plural) avoids the mistaken impression that there is…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, STEM Education, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts
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Rouse, Rob; Krummeck, Katie; Uribe, Olivia – Science and Children, 2020
Makerspaces are collaborative workplaces equipped with a variety of high- and low-tech tools and materials that individuals can use to create physical and digital products. In this article the authors take the perspective that integrating a makerspace into a school is a proactive, thoughtful, and time-consuming process. To help meaningfully…
Descriptors: Design, Creative Activities, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Williams-Duncan, Omah; Raven, Sara – Science and Children, 2020
Electricity is an integral part of daily life. Children, like adults, infer the effects of electrical conductivity. They see the illumination of a lightbulb or feel the emission of warmth from an electric stovetop but may not understand the role electrical circuits play. Focusing on the concrete aspects of electrical energy transfer helps improve…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Elementary School Science
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Thornburgh, William; McFadden, Justin; Robinson, Brian – Science and Children, 2020
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") have placed an emphasis on the incorporation of engineering practices into K-12 science instruction. This article details a sequence of physical science lessons that would be part of teaching matter in the second-grade classroom. The goals of these lessons are: (1) to be hands-on…
Descriptors: Standards, Science Education, Engineering Education, Grade 2
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Botzum, Krystalyn; Sparks, Kelly; Smothers, Moriah – Science and Children, 2019
While curriculum designed as project-based learning is not suitable for use with every science standard, this methodology can be used when teaching concepts that naturally contain some flexibility. With small adaptations, teachers can implement these practices into the classroom regardless of the grade level. This article provides a detailed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Scientific Concepts
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Edmondson, Elizabeth; Navy, Shannon; Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda; Mannarino, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
Problem-based learning (PBL) involves students solving a problem with multiple solutions over time, like scientists in real-world contexts. This fourth-grade PBL unit had students become part of an endeavor to help their state of Virginia become energy independent. It conceptualized energy independence as becoming self-sufficient for energy…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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Masters, Heidi; Hilgendorf, Chelsey; Stundahl, Lisa; Gresl, Megan; Jentsch, Amber – Science and Children, 2019
To support elementary school students in finding a solution to an engineering problem, the authors developed a series of five lessons using the 5E Instructional Model (Bybee 2014). The lessons align with the "Next Generation Science Standards" and the "Common Core State Standards" and integrate the teaching and learning of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 2, Elementary School Students
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Merricks, Jessica; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2019
For some elementary science teachers, a unit on land and water brings nightmares of dirt and water all over the room. Several Earth science "kits" contain hands-on exercises that allow the students to "get messy" as they manipulate materials; however, these lessons may lack the necessary opportunities for students to ask unique…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education, Relevance (Education)
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Rouse, Rob; Rouse, Amy Gillespie – Science and Children, 2019
Although incorporating engineering into science instruction seems straightforward, adding more content into an already busy school day may be overwhelming for some teachers. To address this challenge, the authors created a unit that integrates engineering and literacy instruction. This article demonstrates how young students can learn…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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