Science Sampler: Bees in the news—Connecting classroom science to real-life issuesby: Chew-Leng Poon, Fui Ming Toh, and Aik-Ling Tan

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While news articles are commonly used as resources for teaching and learning in language arts classes, their use in science classrooms is often limited. In this article, the authors share their experiences (in Ming’s class) using a newspaper report to help a class of grade 6 students appreciate the relevance of what they had learned about food webs, habitats, and the environment to a current and real-life issue, the declining bee population. This article is written in the voice of author Fui Ming Toh.

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  • on Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:39 AM

In an effort to link real-world science with what sixth graders were studying about food webs, habitat and the environment, this educator used an article about the decline of in the environment. Students planned for a debate about the problem by assigning roles and delving into research based on these roles. The author felt that the design of a debate was an excellent way to combine students learning with problem solving. This technique deepened student understanding of the relevance of science topics with real world situations.

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

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