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Ylizarde, Natalie Harr; Shockley, Ebony Terrell – Science and Children, 2018
Citizen science provides an opportunity for students to capture data both locally and globally while supporting the real-time work of scientists seeking to understand natural events. In this article, the authors present a project-based approach that explores climate at home and abroad to help develop elementary students' local-to-global…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Grade 3
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Harris, Emily; Ballard, Heidi – Science and Children, 2018
Educators and researchers often suggest that participation in "real" science may help students "think like" or "see themselves as" scientists because students participate in and contribute to the broader scientific community. However, bringing citizen science (CS) activities into the classroom does not necessarily…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Citizen Participation, Models, Scientists
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Bucci, Karen – Science and Children, 2018
In this article, Karen Bucci describes how she incorporated her iPad with the wireless SmartScope iGO microscope and Wi-Viewer app to teach her fourth-grade class the science module "Ecosystems" by National Science Resources Center's Science and Technology for Children (STC) (1996, 2005). A main idea in the unit is the importance of…
Descriptors: Water, Recreational Facilities, Ecology, Educational Technology
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Schiller, Ellen; Allerhand, Joanna; Pelon, Clayton – Science and Children, 2018
This article describes how fifth grade students participated in a place-based environmental education initiative in West Michigan that supports teachers who want to involve their students in citizen science by protecting local water resources. Every year, Groundswell works with about 100 teachers at 30 schools to engage students in citizen science…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Place Based Education, Environmental Education
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Sisk-Hilton, Stephanie; Metz, Kathleen; Berson, Eric – Science and Children, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") challenge prevalent beliefs that young children are "not ready" to understand natural selection, introducing core aspects in grades 1, 2, and 3 (NGSS Lead States 2013). The authors' research and teaching team engaged in a multiyear project to understand how early grades…
Descriptors: Evolution, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education
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Zydney, Janet; Schaen, Richard – Science and Children, 2018
In their role as careful observers of nature, citizen scientists are helping to "answer the most challenging ecological and environmental questions, addressing issues that affect everyday lives" (McKinley et al. 2015). They help answer these questions by providing scientists with a large pool of data that can be analyzed (National…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Ecology
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Nunez-Eddy, Emily; Wang, Xue; Chen, Ying-Chih – Science and Children, 2018
This article seeks to provide educators with strategies and activities that can be integrated within the 5E model (Bybee 1997) and demonstrate how argumentation can be assimilated into elementary classrooms to teach science concepts. In this lesson exemplar, 25 students in a first-grade English Language Development classroom (all of whom were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science, Grade 1
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Kahn, Sami; Hartman, Sara L. – Science and Children, 2018
As every elementary science teacher knows, children sometimes ask questions that can not easily be answered by science. The "messiness" of these questions may stem from the fact that scientific understanding is often incomplete and ever changing, a situation that can lead students (and the public) to be confused about the information…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science and Society, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Westfall, Seth Marie – Science and Children, 2018
The lack of time available to adequately teach everything expected throughout the days and weeks in a school year is a major concern for many elementary teachers. The heavy focus on reading, writing, and mathematics leaves little time for science and social studies instruction. However, science is an integral part of preparation for college and…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Writing Instruction
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Fulton, Lori; Collins, Lauren W.; Poeltler, Emily; Pearson, Lourdes – Science and Children, 2018
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) call for all students to be engaged in investigations that require them to use skills and knowledge related to the science and engineering practices. In this article the authors describe how the mnemonic RAD, "Record-Analyze-Develop an explanation," was used by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Standards, Engineering, Mnemonics
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Bollinger, Lynn – Science and Children, 2018
Teaching ethics in elementary science may seem abstract or simply another topic to add to an already rigorous curriculum. However, it is an integral part of science and engineering instruction and a natural extension of what elementary educators do every day. Teachers help students develop ethical practices or "habits of mind" when they:…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Ethics, Grade 4
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Gallo-Fox, Jennifer; Stegeman, Lauren – Science and Children, 2018
By the age of five, there is already a science achievement gap among young children in the United States. Educators have worked to address this gap between upper elementary and middle school children for many years. However, little attention has been placed on preventing the gap by focusing on the youngest learners. This article describes how to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Achievement, Achievement Gap, Young Children
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Macalalag, Augusto, Jr.; Johnson, Barbara; Johnson, Joseph – Science and Children, 2018
Engaging students in designing, testing, and revising engineering models using mathematical representation of data from scientific investigations helps them embody the science and engineering practices highlighted in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013). The practices of modeling, conducting failure analysis,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Standards, Design, Engineering Education
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Stanford, Angela; Wilson, Connie; Barker, Emily – Science and Children, 2018
One plausible method for ensuring students are truly understanding science fundamentals beyond being actively and intellectually engaged is to consider how informal learning environments can provide meaningful relevancy by connecting to real-world instances. Transforming traditional science centers into informal learning centers will ensure that…
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Science Education, Informal Education, Educational Change
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Choffin, Amy; Johnston, Laura – Science and Children, 2018
This article describes how two teachers implemented a 5E lesson in a third-grade classroom where the students had been working with forces/motion and investigating things that move like pendulums, swing sets, and various toys. The lesson was included as part of a larger unit on motion. The desired outcome for this lesson was for students to…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Motion
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