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Summer 2021


The elementary school day is filled with many different aspects of learning. Math and reading have been the emphasis of teaching over the last decade. Science is a part of students learning that needs to find its way into the elementary school day. This literature review compares different curriculum that is used to teach science in the elementary classroom as well as discusses an effective use of time to implement science into the daily schedule. When considering when and how to teach science, some teachers incorporate into other curricular areas as others find its own time during the day. Multiple studies were analyzed to determine the best curriculum and time to teach science as well as what professional development should include to help teachers feel confident in teaching science. Current literature suggests incorporating science into literature or in game form to help students with problem solving skills. Many skills taught and learned in elementary science carry over to essential skills for students to be successful in the world after school.