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Science and Children—July 2019

When formative assessment is part of pedagogy, teaching and learning canbecome more meaningful, differentiated, and authentic. This month’s issue of Science and Children focuses on formative assessment and how the information gathered from students’ thinking can and should be used to develop lessons.
Guest Editorial: Formative Assessment in the Science Classroom: What It Is and What It Is Not

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Guest Editorial: Formative Assessment in the Science Classroom: What It Is and What It Is Not

An opinion column about formative assessment....

Making Sense of Day and Night

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Making Sense of Day and Night

This article describes how teachers can use first graders' scientific models as formative assessments....

Explore-Before-Explain

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Explore-Before-Explain

How to create formative assessment experiences for fifth-grade students learning about energy transfer....

What Properties Matter?

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What Properties Matter?

Exploring essential properties of matter with fifth graders...

The <i>Right</i> Kind of Questions

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The <i>Right</i> Kind of Questions

A fourth-grade 5E unit on electrical circuits fosters integration of practices with content learning....

Writing Like a Scientist

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Writing Like a Scientist

Using science notebooks to scaffold writing for first-grade students...

Editorial: Assessment: Take a Deeper Dive

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Editorial: Assessment: Take a Deeper Dive

Science and Children’s editor shares thoughts regarding the current issue....

Early Years: A Lesson on Living Organisms

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Early Years: A Lesson on Living Organisms

This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This issue presents a lesson on living organisms....

Early Childhood Resources Review: The Young Artist as Scientist: What Can Leonardo Teach Us?

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Early Childhood Resources Review: The Young Artist as Scientist: What Can Leonardo Teach Us?

This column evaluates elementary science resources. This issue focuses on the role of art in science....

The Poetry of Science: Poetry, Puppies, and Results

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The Poetry of Science: Poetry, Puppies, and Results

Building literacy in playful, meaningful ways....

Teaching Through Trade Books: Animals Help With Engineering

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Teaching Through Trade Books: Animals Help With Engineering

This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. This issue focuses on engineering....

Engineering Encounters: Sinking and Floating 2.0

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Engineering Encounters: Sinking and Floating 2.0

Using 3D printers to excite children in aftercare about science and engineering...

Science 101: What are some common misconceptions to be aware of when teaching about astronomy?

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Science 101: What are some common misconceptions to be aware of when teaching about astronomy?

This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This issue focuses on misconceptions with astronomy. ...

Teaching Teachers: Discourse Tools Amplify Students’ Ideas and Build Knowledge

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Teaching Teachers: Discourse Tools Amplify Students’ Ideas and Build Knowledge

This column enhances the repertoire of preservice and inservice teachers....

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Formative Assessment of English Language Proficiency in the Science Classroom

In a linguistically diverse fourth-grade classroom, students carry out an investigation to answer the lesson question: How are we able to see objects?...

By Okhee Lee and Rita Januszyk

Assessment Literacy NGSS Pedagogy Teaching Strategies

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