Sound Scienceby: Aaron J. Sickel, Michele H. Lee, and Enrique M. Pareja

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How can a teacher simultaneously teach science concepts through inquiry while helping students learn about the nature of science? After pondering this question in their own teaching, the authors developed a 5E learning cycle lesson (Bybee et al. 2006) that concurrently embeds opportunities for fourth-grade students to (a) learn a science concept, (b) develop an inquiry skill, and (c) learn about scientific inquiry (an aspect of the nature of science). This approach has been found to be particularly useful to help students think like scientists.

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  • on Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:01 AM

This article describes a month long project that converted a hallway into a ‘forest’ and in which primary students learned about animals and science inquiry. Starting with a KWL chart students read and researched the topic. A rabbit was introduced to the classroom and students took a field trip to a local forest. After completing student generated and created forest in the hallway it became a location for other students to learn about the forest ecosystem.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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