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Science and Children—November/December 2019

When we listen to student conversations, we have a window into their thinking, and knowing what students think can help determine their needs and advance them toward deeper understandings. This month, we take a look at cultivating classroom conversations by asking questions, constructing explanations, and using visual thinking techniques, talk moves, and other strategies to encourage and promote student dialogue.
The Poetry of Science: Cultivating Classroom Conversations

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The Poetry of Science: Cultivating Classroom Conversations

Building literacy in playful, meaningful ways....

Formative Assessment Probes: Using Probes for Constructive Conversations

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Formative Assessment Probes: Using Probes for Constructive Conversations

This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment....

Teaching Through Trade Books: Looking Good: Structural Adaptations and Inherited Traits

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Teaching Through Trade Books: Looking Good: Structural Adaptations and Inherited Traits

This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature....

Science 101: What are some processes that affect landforms?

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Science 101: What are some processes that affect landforms?

This column provides background science information for elementary teachers....

Engineering Encounters: Where Have the Birds Gone?

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Engineering Encounters: Where Have the Birds Gone?

This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering....

Teaching Teachers: Let’s Talk About It

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Teaching Teachers: Let’s Talk About It

This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering....

Methods & Strategies: Encouraging Student-Generated Questioning

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Methods & Strategies: Encouraging Student-Generated Questioning

This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching....

Can I Build on That?

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Can I Build on That?

Student-engaged talk stems from teachers’ epistemological messages....

What Did You Notice?

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What Did You Notice?

Simple questions lead to evidence and explanations...

Sparking Discussion through Visual Thinking

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Sparking Discussion through Visual Thinking

Strategies for adapting Visual Thinking Strategies for use in the science classroom...

Discussion Supports Sense-Making Within and Across Lessons

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Discussion Supports Sense-Making Within and Across Lessons

Promoting coherent learning about weather forecasting in kindergarten...

Editor's Note: Cultivating Classroom Conversations

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Editor's Note: Cultivating Classroom Conversations

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

The Early Years: Sorting Materials

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The Early Years: Sorting Materials

This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2....

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