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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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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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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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Bradbury, Leslie; Wilson, Rachel – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, fourth graders investigate the physical and behavioral adaptations of crayfish. Because crayfish are native to the area and many students have experience observing them in local streams, the author decided to use these organisms to explore the relationship between the structure of their various body parts and how those structures…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Grade 4, Animals, Science Instruction
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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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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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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Donohue, Kerri; Buck, Gayle – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an informal program in one school where grade K-1 students learn a variety of new science vocabulary words relating to animal characteristics. The students are introduced to a new group of animals and their characteristics through storytelling, games, discussion, and crafts (see Table 1, p. 34). The new vocabulary words are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Herron, Julie; Foster, Andrea – Science and Children, 2017
In this featured lesson, entitled "Fishy Feeding Frenzy," fourth-grade students engage in a classic science activity that requires them to experience the interdependent relationships of organisms in an ecosystem. The students explore how adaptations increase the survival of a member of a species by participating in an active "fishy…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollough, Cherie A.; Moore, Kim – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a two-day lesson in which fifth-grade students took on the role of marine biology scientists, using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to explore human impact on the blue crab ecosystem. The purpose of "Crabby Interactions" was to help students understand the impact of human activities on the local…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Marine Biology
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Mann, Michele J.; Pynes, D'Anna – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, Mann and Pynes describe a five-day mini-project-based learning (PBL) unit about organisms and their environments that addresses the "Next Generation Science Standards" (3-LS4-3). Third-grade students were asked how they could determine which animals live in their neighborhoods. In teacher-determined collaborative groups,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Animals
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Deaton, Cynthia; Hardin, Catherine – Science and Children, 2014
One way to encourage students to interact with science content and materials is to make science relevant and meaningful. By focusing on the school yard as the context for science lessons and activities, teachers can incorporate students' interest in learning outdoors and help students make connections between science content discussed in…
Descriptors: Ecology, Outdoor Education, Science Education, Grade 2
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Weiland, Ingrid; Blieden, Katherine; Akerson, Valarie – Science and Children, 2014
The nature of science (NOS) describes what science is and how knowledge in science is developed (NSTA 2013). To develop elementary students' understandings of how scientists explore the world, the authors--an education professor and a third-grade teacher--endeavored to integrate NOS into a third-grade life science unit. Throughout the lesson,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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McGough, Julie; Nyberg, Lisa – Science and Children, 2013
Children do not always see a connection between themselves and other living things. Sometimes they do not even realize that they, too, are animals and represent a link in the food chain. By obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information (Scientific and Engineering Practice #8 in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" [NRC 2012,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Animals, Biological Sciences
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