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Connor, Celia R.; Watkins, Matthew; Walter, Ben; Harper, John D. I. – Teaching Science, 2020
Microorganisms (microbes) play essential roles in our lives, although the general media usually focuses on their negative or pathological aspects. Here we describe a collaborative approach between teachers and academics to teach primary school students about microbes in an engaging and diverse way. We introduced microbes, such as bacteria and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Microbiology, Science Activities
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Preston, Christine; Blowe, Jacqueline – Teaching Science, 2019
Foundation Year children are often excited about learning to read. Some 5- to 6-year-olds with well-developed literacy skills begin to read chapter books. Like older children and adults, they cannot read the whole book in one sitting. The learning experience described in the article provides an example of how the properties of materials…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction
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Sullivan, Tiana; Slater, Ben; Phan, Judy; Tan, Amanda; Davis, James – Teaching Science, 2019
The present study provides an illustration of how m-learning may be applied in school science contexts while simultaneously evaluating the accuracy and reliability of mobile phone functionality relating to the measurement of sound. The aim of this study is to report on the use of mobile phones as data collection tools in the context of a science…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2019
Where does our food come from? Such a question may be difficult for some children to answer, especially those living in a city apartment devoid of a backyard with a vegie patch or fruit trees. This article describes a learning experience designed to encourage Year 1 children to think about the foods that humans obtain from plants. The learning…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Lisec, Jacinta; Dezuanni, Michael – Teaching Science, 2018
Through the science curriculum, teachers can use students' passion for screen content to motivate them to explore innovative new ways to bring their science learning to life through video making. Communicating science concepts using multimodal literacies can be a particularly powerful way for students to learn about science, especially when they…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
If you think of play as "the work of children" (Whitebread, Basilio, Kuvalja & Verma, 2012) then toys are surely the "tools of their trade". The involvement of scientific principles in how they work makes certain toys ideal stimuli for science investigations. This article describes a practical investigation suitable for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Toys, Young Children
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Preston, Christine – Teaching Science, 2017
Plants are often overlooked in favour of animals when teaching about living things. Focusing on familiar animals that share human characteristics helps young children learn about similar features. Examining plants for their differences, though, helps foster wonder. In the author's experience, children find it intriguing that plants need…
Descriptors: Botany, Elementary School Science, Young Children, Science Activities
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Hackling, Mark; Sherriff, Barbara – Teaching Science, 2015
Language is critical in the mediation of scientific reasoning, higher-order thinking and the development of scientific literacy. This study investigated how an exemplary primary science teacher scaffolds and supports students' reasoning during a Year 4 materials unit. Lessons captured on video, teacher and student interviews and micro-ethnographic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Greene, Chris – Teaching Science, 2015
In July 2015, the Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition took place on the Olkola people's traditional lands on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Five teachers joined more than a dozen scientists and the Olkola Indigenous rangers to act as research assistants, as part of the eight-day Bush Blitz TeachLive experience. As a team, they discovered new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Elementary School Teachers
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Tomas, Louisa; Jackson, Cliff; Carlisle, Karen – Teaching Science, 2014
In 2012, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) piloted the "Wonder of Science Challenge" with a view to enhance school students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students in 15 schools across northern Queensland were provided with an inquiry-based research problem and…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Science Interests
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Campbell, Coral; Chittleborough, Gail – Teaching Science, 2014
A Victorian government initiative called "The Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program" is designed to tackle students' falling interest in science by investing in the building of teacher capacity. The aims of the initiative are: to improve the science knowledge base of all teachers and therefore increase teachers'…
Descriptors: Specialists, Instructional Improvement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Instruction
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Fitzgerald, Angela; Schneider, Katrin – Teaching Science, 2013
Impending change can provide us with the opportunity to rethink and renew the things that we do. The first phase of the Australian Curriculum implementation offers primary school teachers the chance to examine their approaches to science learning and teaching. This paper focuses on the perceptions of three primary school teachers regarding what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Curriculum Implementation
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Zeegers, Yvonne; McKinnon, Heather – Teaching Science, 2012
This paper describes one aspect of an ESL teacher's journey, in which her voluntary involvement in a series of science-based professional learning events inspired her to use language-based objectives to develop and teach an integrated unit of work with ESL students. Her willingness to modify her usual pedagogical practice and the inspiration she…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Second Language Learning
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Skamp, Keith – Teaching Science, 2011
The new Australian national science curriculum includes chemistry content at the primary level. Chemistry for young students is learning about changes in material stuff (matter) and, by implication, of what stuff is made. Pedagogy in this area needs to be guided by research if stepping stones to later learning of chemical ideas are to facilitate…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Elementary School Science
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Belohlawek, Julie; Keogh, Brenda; Naylor, Stuart – Teaching Science, 2010
"The Puppets Promoting Engagement and Talk in Science" project focuses on using puppets to engage children in conversation to develop their thinking about scientific concepts in an inquiring, explorative approach. This project is also about motivating and engaging teachers to link literacy with science in their teaching and learning…
Descriptors: Puppetry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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