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Sultana, Khalida; van Rooy, Wilhelmina – Teaching Science, 2009
Extracting DNA from fruit and vegetables provides students with hands-on opportunities to engage with a visualisation of genetic material that can later be supported by ICT and practical model making. Here is a quick, cheap and easy way to extract DNA from strawberries that avoids the mess involved in other DNA extractions, such as from dried…
Descriptors: Genetics, Food, Hands on Science, Science Experiments
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Wilkinson, John – Teaching Science, 2009
Since 2006, the details of bodies making up our solar system have been revised. This was largely as a result of new discoveries of a number of planet-like objects beyond the orbit of Pluto. The International Astronomical Union redefined what constituted a planet and established two new classifications--dwarf planets and plutoids. As a result, the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Smith, Ann – Teaching Science, 2009
This article supports teachers of lower primary and preschool children to introduce a study of local birds, the type of investigations considered to be part of wider environmental education. It is of a practical nature and incorporates resources and ideas that the author has found useful in her work with children and with pre-service student…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Animals
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Coffman, Margaret; Eidietis, Laura; Gardiner, Lisa; Hatheway, Becca; Henderson, Sandra; Rutherford, Sandra – Teaching Science, 2009
"Ducks in the Flow, Where Did They Go?" represents a fusion of language, arts and science. Offering both a story of discovery and factual science content, this hybrid storybook/textbook promotes literacy on several fronts: ocean principles, general science, and language/arts. A step up from the average text or reference book, "Ducks in the Flow"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Childrens Literature, Scientific Literacy, Language Arts
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Schouten, Peter; Parisi, Alfio; Downs, Nathan – Teaching Science, 2009
The measurement of solar UV under water is not a simple process. In the underwater environment the difficulty of obtaining useable data is greatly amplified due to the optically complicated and at times unpredictable nature of water itself. The following practical exercise designed for use in the Year 11 and Year 12 Physics classroom aims to…
Descriptors: Optics, Physics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Cheng, Meng-Fei – Teaching Science, 2009
This paper illustrates a series of activities designed to encourage fourth to sixth-grade students to develop their conceptions of magnets. Through scaffolding activities and facilitation from the teacher, students will be able to generate, evaluate, and refine their explanations for how magnets work. Students can gradually develop sophisticated…
Descriptors: Magnets, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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Jenkins, Kim; Panizzon, Debra – Teaching Science, 2009
February 2nd of each year is World Wetlands Day. It commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention in Iran in 1971 and the crucial role wetlands play in terms of ecological health. Not only do they provide essential habitats for many aquatic species of organisms but they are used by many terrestrial animals as temporary havens for food, or…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Conservation (Environment)
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Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley – Teaching Science, 2009
"Teaching Science" has, as one of its predecessors, the "Investigating" journal, which first appeared in 1988. Looking back ten years, the winner of the "Most Valuable Paper Award" for 1999 was Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn for her article--"Steps to Fostering a Learning Community in the Primary Science…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Learning Activities
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Marrocco, Aldo – Teaching Science, 2009
This report is based on five years experience working with primary and secondary school teachers in Italy to develop organic farming as an activity for students. The tasks involved were intended to develop our students' environmental awareness, allow them to produce food organically and show that market gardening could be a productive hobby. In…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Secondary School Science
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Lewis, Elaine; Baudains, Catherine; Mansfield, Caroline – Teaching Science, 2009
Involving students in authentic science work is one way to enhance their interest in science. This paper reports a project in which Year 4-7 students actively participated in a study that involved the provision of a suitable nesting site for local turtles. The students collected data on turtle nests at the site and evidence of turtle hatchlings at…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Ng, Wan – Teaching Science, 2009
Capturing students' interest in science at the junior levels is crucial to not only improving the uptake of science at senior levels but to promoting science literacy in all students in order to prepare them for a society that is very science and technologically driven. This paper presents nanotechnology as an emerging science that is both factual…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Scientific Literacy, Middle School Students, Student Motivation
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Evans, Rosemary S.; Rennie, Leonie J. – Teaching Science, 2009
This research described in this paper firstly explored teachers' ideas about scientific literacy using an interview technique. Secondly, using a longitudinal case study approach, it examined how, following their participation in a professional development program, primary teachers presented opportunities during their science lessons for their…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Case Studies, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Bauer, Adriana – Teaching Science, 2009
This article evaluates three online educational resources on the Queensland Museum website in terms of their use of ICTs in science education; how they relate to the Queensland Middle School Science Curriculum and the Senior Biology, Marine Studies, Science 21 syllabuses; their visual appeal and level of student engagement; the appropriateness of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Museums, Scientific Literacy, Science Education
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Reade, Jill; Ferguson, Peter; Colvill, Marj – Teaching Science, 2009
Switching rural primary students on to local science was a project centred on a cluster of seven Tasmanian primary schools over a full school year. The project had as its aims a mix of professional development outcomes for participant teachers and an enhancement of science experiences for their students. In order to achieve these aims programs…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Dawson, Vaille; Hackling, Mark – Teaching Science, 2009
Effective science teaching is vital for improved student learning outcomes in primary school science. Therefore, there is a need to tease out the components of effective science teaching to better understand what effective primary teachers do in their classrooms and why they do it. Four primary teachers, each nominated as effective science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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