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Feille, Kelly; Wildes, Annie; Pyle, Janet; Marshall, Jessica – Science and Children, 2021
At a time when changes in standards and curriculum compound the pressures of fifth-grade state testing, the authors wanted to find an engaging way to involve students in authentic science and engineering. Rather than put their efforts into a traditional science fair that would inevitably lead to inequitable input by parents and students alike,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Science Education
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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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Lee, Okhee – Science and Children, 2020
A "Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") are intended for all students, hence "all standards, all students" (NGSS Lead States 2013). To make this vision a reality, the "NGSS" highlight three key instructional shifts: (1) explain phenomena or design solutions…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Urban Schools
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Schneider, Laura B.; Farren, Faith – Science and Children, 2020
While field trips are an exciting way to engage students in science learning, they may not be feasible. Therefore, the authors decided to create a 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluation; Bybee 2014) field experience for a multi-aged primary class where the learners would investigate soil samples in the school yard and compare and…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Playgrounds, Elementary School Students, Science Activities
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Lott, Kimberly; Bennett, Brenda; Urbanek-Carney, Sara – Science and Children, 2020
This article illustrates several types of at-home science experiences that could be incorporated during grades K-2 to provide enriching science experiences that are motivating for students without requiring exhaustive work and preparation. These activities are designed to augment science interest and enthusiasm of students in the classroom and…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Home Study, Science Education, Parent Participation
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Parks, Melissa – Science and Children, 2020
Model Eliciting Activities (MEAs) are pedagogical approaches that allow teachers to integrate multiple subjects into creative multi-day learning experiences that captivate students' curiosity and engage them in real-life problem solving. MEAs are known in the fields of mathematics and engineering (Gilat and Amit 2014), but despite their ability to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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Perkins Coppola, Matthew; Merz, Alice – Science and Children, 2020
Each fall at harvest time, young students in the authors' part of the Midwest visit apple orchards to learn more about the life cycle of plants. This tradition is one part of a larger unit centered on apples, integrating life science with language arts and social studies. The authors partnered with kindergarten teachers at several schools to…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Science Instruction, Language Arts, Social Studies
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Cisterna, Dante; Ingram, Erin; Bhattacharya, Devarati; Roy, Ranu; Forbes, Cory – Science and Children, 2020
A set of core ideas in the life sciences revolve around genetics, variation, and inheritance. While the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) emphasize teaching and learning about these concepts across K-12 grades, it is critical for early learners to begin to develop understanding of them. By the end of fifth…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Genetics, Elementary School Science
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Lough, Tom; Hollifield, Kim – Science and Children, 2020
This article describes how kindergarten scientists at Caldwell Heights Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas created what they named a "Light Circle" using their classroom's south-facing window, its windowsill, and a small round mirror. The tilt of the Earth and the latitude of one's location combine to determine if the Sun ever shines…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Astronomy, Science Activities
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Edelen, Daniel; Bush, Sarah B.; Nickels, Megan – Science and Children, 2019
Because students have often been conditioned as passive learners and receivers of knowledge, it can be difficult for them to persevere in solving authentic problems. Nevertheless, teachers must persist in preparing students as problem solvers and critical thinkers. In an urban inner-city neighborhood school in the southeast, students embarked on a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Goggins, Marcelle; Haas, Alison; Grapin, Scott; Llosa, Lorena; Lee, Okhee – Science and Children, 2019
While there is consensus in the science education community on the importance of crosscutting concepts (CCCs) for all students, teachers have been given limited guidance on how to integrate CCCs into science instruction. In this article, the authors propose that teachers view CCCs as resources that students use in their everyday lives to make…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers
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Flannagan, Jenny Sue – Science and Children, 2019
At any point during the school year, a teacher may find out the gap between what students know and need to learn is not large at all. In fact, formative assessment data may show a handful of students already have mastered the content for a specific unit of study. While some learners will achieve grade-level standards at the pace outline by a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Science Activities
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Gumpert, Mindy; McConell, William – Science and Children, 2019
Students with disabilities spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education 2017). However, these students consistently underperform in science. This highlights the importance of using effective differentiated instruction. According to Mastropieri and colleagues (2006), differentiated instruction…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Science Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Grade 3
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Kye, Hannah – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, second graders learn the basics of engineering through an exploration of magnetic levitation (maglev) technology. The author designed and taught the lessons to a class of 26 students enrolled in a month-long summer science program. The maglev lessons took place over three mornings (15 minutes for the first lesson and 40 minutes…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Engineering Education, Magnets, Summer Science Programs
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Clough, Kaitlin; Kruse, Jerrid; Wilcox, Jesse – Science and Children, 2019
As part of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (K-LS1-1), students are expected to develop an understanding of what living things need in order to live and grow. The lessons provided in this article help students understand the difference between living and nonliving things, and help them acquire important background knowledge to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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