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Menon, Deepika; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2016
From the earliest days of their lives, children are exposed to all kinds of sound, from soft, comforting voices to the frightening rumble of thunder. Consequently, children develop their own naïve explanations largely based upon their experiences with phenomena encountered every day. When new information does not support existing conceptions,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Acoustics
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Pittman, Jason – Science and Children, 2016
Learning celebrations are increasingly common in schools looking to put more emphasis on community and efficacy in place formulaic science fair projects. The celebration aspect is in the community's participation and interaction with the learners. Students are the main event, performing as they would in a school play or applying acquired knowledge…
Descriptors: Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Fairs, Exhibits, Science Activities
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Grinnell, Sandie; Angal, Sharon – Science and Children, 2016
In a 2012 blog post, John Maeda discusses the idea that while science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays an important role in innovation, limitations exist when we focus exclusively on STEM. Maeda advocates for the addition of the "A" for Art to the acronym, insisting that the arts promote the creativity and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Education, Elementary Education
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Dolenc, Nathan; Wood, Aja; Washburn, Megan; Batson, Yarden; Fan, Brittany; Dickens, Victoria; Armstrong, Shannon – Science and Children, 2016
Role-play has been shown to increase student engagement and improve the overall classroom environment. When used effectively, role-play can transform a task or assignment to appear more like play than work. In this four-part lesson, role-play was used as a teaching strategy to engage students in learning the science and application of several…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Class Activities, Role Playing
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2016
For students to know how to prepare for severe weather, they must first understand what types of weather they might experience in their location. Much of students' interactions with and learning about severe weather events will happen through printed text resources and video excerpts. Through the use of such resources, young students can begin to…
Descriptors: Hazardous Materials, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Science Education
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
What causes severe thunderstorms and tornadoes? Tornadoes, often accompanied by severe thunderstorms and hail, form in pretty much the same way as severe thunderstorms. In the continental United States, tornadoes usually form in spring and summer, when warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico moves across the continent from southeast to northwest…
Descriptors: Etiology, Weather, Science Activities, Natural Disasters
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science and Children, 2015
December brings the winter solstice, the day with the shortest amount of sunlight for the northern hemisphere. Students can notice the pattern of days getting darker earlier across the United States up to this point and then notice as the amount of sunlight starts to increase in the following months. Through making observations and collecting data…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Observation, Astronomy
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Keeley, Page – Science and Children, 2015
A distinguishing feature of all the formative assessment probes in the "Uncovering Student Ideas" series is that each probe has two parts: (1) a selected answer choice that usually mirrors the research on commonly held ideas students have about concepts or phenomena; and (2) an explanation that supports their answer choice. It is this…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Learning Processes, Concept Formation
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
This task asks readers to figure out why when you stir a cup of hot liquid and tap on the side of the cup with a spoon, the pitch of sound starts low and ends up high. The solution to last month's tasks relating to the circumference of the Earth and how many stars are in the (visible) sky is also presented.
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2015
Observing and documenting elements of weather teach children about using tools and their senses to learn about the environment. This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue describes an activity where students indirectly document local weather by counting outdoor clothing types worn…
Descriptors: Weather, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Data Collection
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
In this article, author Bill Robertson attempts to help readers understand some of the Earth's heating and cooling mechanisms and how they relate to global warming. Figures are provided to help facilitate learning.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Earth Science, Heat
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Miranda, Rommel J.; Hermann, Ronald S. – Science and Children, 2015
Any assessment activity can help student learning if it provides information that both teachers and students can use as feedback in assessing themselves. However, such assessment only becomes "formative" assessment when teachers actually use the feedback to adapt their teaching to meet the learning needs of students. This column provides…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Summative Evaluation, Science Instruction
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Flannagan, Jenny Sue; Sawyer, Margaret – Science and Children, 2015
In this article the authors describe what they call their "Snapshots of Science" program. These mini-lessons of science are taught once a week to all students in the school library. Over the last two years, they have been working to extend the experiences students have in their science classroom into the library. Each week, students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 4, Science Curriculum, School Libraries
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Bush, Sarah B.; Cox, Richard – Science and Children, 2015
The power of 3D printing technology has grown exponentially in just the past few years--people around the world are using 3D printers to prepare food, create tailored clothing, build cars and homes, and advance the medical field in ways that never seemed possible. In classrooms across the nation, 3D printers have become increasingly common because…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering Technology, Printing, Grade 4
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2015
This column contains exercises to challenge content knowledge. This month's issue discusses static charge buildup.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Science Activities
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