Science and Children

Founded in September 1963, Science and Children is a peer-reviewed journal for elementary school teachers published by the Nationial Science Teachers Association of Arlington, Va. Its subjects include education and science (general).

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 9, Summer

A Garden of Learning: Money Doesn't Have to Be an Obstacle to Valuable Scientific Learning Experiences
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the fall of 2005, a fellow teacher commented how the space in front of our portable classrooms was not only barren but an eyesore. After brainstorming creative ways to use the area, we decided that a native plant garden...
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An Invertebrate Garden
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The early summer is the time to lay the groundwork for a lesson that will begin in September: Finding invertebrates outside and learning how they connect to that location and the plants they were found near. Small invertebrate...
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Dieting Fish
People diet to look more attractive. Fish diet to avoid being beaten up, thrown out of their social group, and getting eaten as a result. That is the fascinating conclusion of the latest research into fish behavior by researchers from the ARC Centre...
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Discovery Bottles: A Unique, Inexpensive Science Tool for the K-2 Science Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Discover discovery bottles! These wide-mouth plastic containers of any size filled with objects of different kinds can be terrific tools for science explorations and a great way to cultivate science minds in a K-2 science...
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Everybody Loves Prism! A Reconfigured Science Fair Expands the Kinds of Projects Allowed and Brings All Students into the Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a beginning teacher working on a science fair for the first time, I was amazed at the projects that were submitted--projects that were obviously not completed by the students who turned them in. When I finally summoned...
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From a Bird's Eye
Birds can tell if you are watching them--because they are watching you. In humans, the eyes are said to be the "window to the soul," conveying much about a person's emotions and intentions. New research demonstrates for the first time that birds...
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Going Places with Books: Suggestions from NSTA Recommends Reviewers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's become an end-of-school tradition. We send our students off with Theodor Geisel's classic, Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990). While the familiar good wishes of Dr. Seuss are read aloud, the teachers are often at the edge...
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Growing a Garden
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many people look forward to planting their own garden and enjoying the fruits of it throughout the summer months. Gardening can be an excellent learning experience in many ways because it offers opportunities to learn about...
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Materials Repurposed: Find a Wealth of Free Resources at Your Local Recycling Center
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Few teachers find themselves with the support to purchase all the materials they ideally need to supply their classrooms. Buying one or two simple, ready-made items can put a serious strain on anyone's budget. However, materials...
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Mentoring New Teachers
"Our school has hired four beginning teachers who will start in the fall. We want them to feel welcome and become part of our science teaching community. How can we be effective mentors as we work together with our new colleagues?" What does research...
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Project BudBurst: Analyzing Data
Project BudBurst is a national program intended to get students and other "citizen scientists" looking closer at the plants in their neighborhoods and documenting their seasonal changes. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to build data-analysis...
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Q: How Does Wireless Internet Work?
A: Let's see ... first you head to a coffee shop and order a mocha caramel chai latte with an extra shot of espresso. Then you turn on your computer, hit the connect button, and start surfing the web. For those who want more detail, read on. To understand...
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Science Books for Professional Pleasure Reading: Round out Your Content Knowledge and Foster Interest in Science with This List
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] S&C readers love science, and they passionately share this love with colleagues and education students. Here's how I encourage a love of science in my preservice students. I have them select a book from this list--with...
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Sun Savvy Students: Free Teaching Resources from EPA's SunWise Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With summer in full swing and the Sun naturally on our minds, what better time to take advantage of a host of free materials provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise program. SunWise aims to teach students...
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Teacher's Picks
Books For Teachers Life on a Little-Known Planet. Howard Ensign Evans. 1993. The Lyons Press. This book highlights the wonderfully strange habits of insects and is richly described by an entomologist and naturalist. The Handbook of Nature...
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Using Drawing Strategically: Drawing Activities Make Life Science Meaningful to Third- and Fourth-Grade Students
"You mean we get to draw it?" asks Jasmin. "Cool! I love butterflies." She and the other students in her third-grade class smile as they put pencils to paper. In Jasmin's class, we're strategically using drawing activities to motivate students, help...
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We Resourceful Teachers
Many things have changed in education in recent decades. There is an obsession with standards and assessments, for example. But one thing hasn't changed: Teachers rarely have the resources to do their jobs. We can all tell stories about a new teacher...
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You Can Get What You Want: A Science Center Director Offers Tried-and-True Tips for Securing Funds and Resources from the Community
Many teachers regularly use their own money during the year to pay for miscellaneous teaching materials or to help individual students in need. What if I told you, you could secure all the funds and resources for anything that you want to do educationally...
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