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Lee, Okhee; Januszyk, Rita – Science and Children, 2019
According to the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS), science and engineering are language intensive and offer both opportunities and challenges for all students, especially English learners (ELs), who are developing language and disciplinary knowledge and practices simultaneously. To support ELs of varying levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Formative Evaluation
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Haverly, Christa; Sedlmeyer, Kim – Science and Children, 2019
Formative assessments serve to engage students in active sense-making, making them critical tools for both teachers and students. Though formative assessments may be an informal mode of assessing, they are one of the most important, especially when teaching science. As a subject, teaching science does not have the same kind of beginning-middle-end…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Grade 1, Elementary School Science
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Hanuscin, Deborah; King, Karen; Cisterna, Dante – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, the authors present a 5E learning cycle for fifth grade that focuses on using a model of matter to explain the properties they observe, and how those properties can help identify whether two objects are made of the same type of matter. That model also helps explain phenomena such as why a specific material floats, no matter how…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Benedict-Chambers, Amanda; Fortner, Terra – Science and Children, 2019
Effective teachers understand the importance of asking the right kind of questions to facilitate the learning of all their students. By learning what questions to ask and when, teachers can engage their students in instruction that aligns to the vision of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (Benedict-Chambers et al. 2017; NGSS Lead…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Equipment, Electronics
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Mendez, James; Baird, Kate; Patino, Greicy – Science and Children, 2019
Picture this: a PhD chemist, PhD science educator, and a preservice Latina elementary educator walk into an aftercare program for primary and intermediate students from a rural school. These students are identified as low income and at risk and therefore eligible to participate in this school-provided aftercare. While across the state, these same…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, After School Programs, Low Income Students, At Risk Students
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Glen, Nicole; Moukhtarian, Amber – Science and Children, 2019
Scientists' writing includes organized data, calculations, sketches and models, inventories and lists, timelines, detailed descriptions, locations, conditions, actions, schedules, information about variables, goals, hypotheses, research, notes, summaries of experiments, and reports to others (Fulton and Campbell 2014). By using scaffolded science…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Notetaking, Writing Skills, Scientists
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Lott, Kimberly; Urbanek-Carney, Sara; Mitchell, April – Science and Children, 2019
Robotics is emerging as an effective strategy for bridging the gap between technology and engineering design in early childhood classrooms (Bers, Seddighin, and Sullivan 2013). Using a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant received from the authors' school, they purchased a KIBO-18 set from KinderLab Robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Programming
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Burrow, Lauren; Cross, Chrissy – Science and Children, 2019
Created by Tufts University through a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, the Novel Engineering website explains that "Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy" (2018) that asks teachers to support students' engagement in a project-based endeavor of problem-and-solution processes and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Student Projects, Problem Based Learning
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Masters, Heidi; Shrake, Tyler – Science and Children, 2019
When it snows, children are permitted to play outside during recess, which causes them to experience a variety of problems with their mittens or gloves. To align instruction with a problem student's experience in every day life, the authors developed and administered a short survey to second graders in an after school program. The authors found…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Problem Solving
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Garcia, Marisa; Gentry, Christine; Jordan, Elissa; Nolan, Bekka; Cunningham, Christine M. – Science and Children, 2019
In engineering, teachers can push even the youngest learners to think critically and create something that reflects the function of the real thing. When children create, they often make a representation of something--a crayon-drawn stick-figure family or a butterfly life cycle represented with pasta--that is based on appearance. Their questions…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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Bradley, Barbara A.; Thomas, Kelli; Bradley, A. Allen, Jr. – Science and Children, 2019
The "big bad wolf" chased the squealing children around the playground as they looked for a place to hide. Because Mr. Lòpez and Ms. Kim had introduced the work of engineers and the engineering design process into their unit on The Three Little Pigs, they knew their preschool students would choose a structure that could withstand any…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Engineering, Design
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Hatton, Mary; Grimbilas, Sara; Kane, Caroline; Kenyon, Tara – Science and Children, 2019
Will spring be early next year? This is a question the authors ponder each fall as they prepare for a yearlong citizen science project with kindergartners. Citizen science projects naturally promote the development of science and engineering practices. These projects can be integrated at any grade level and aligned to meet other content areas as…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Interests, Gardening, Plants (Botany)
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Ehsan, Hoda; Rehmat, Abeera P.; Cardella, Monica E. – Science and Children, 2019
Computational thinking can provide a basis for problem solving, for making evidence-based decisions, and for learning to code or create programs. Therefore, it is critical that all students across the K-12 continuum--including students in the early grades--have opportunities to begin developing problem solving and computational thinking skills.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Computer Science Education, Thinking Skills
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Lowry, Anne – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes a preschool art project in which students participated in the month long arts festival in Reno Nevada. Using the engineering design process, students imagined, brainstormed, made lists of materials, tested, designed and modified their design of a illuminated Chinese lantern.
Descriptors: Art Activities, Science Instruction, Engineering, Design
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Harshbarger, Dena – Science and Children, 2019
The typical elementary classroom hosts a range of diverse students. Not only do students bring varying academic readiness levels, background experiences, interests, personalities, and learning preferences to the classroom, but some students also have physical disabilities that must be considered when designing science instruction. The formerly…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Student Diversity
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