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Teaching Science Vocabulary
Hi Vivian, It's true that teaching vocabulary in science is an integral part of understanding and it should not be left out. There are multiple strategies that can be used to help student acquire. Here are a couple of strategies I use with my high schoolers. For every unit, I decide on te...

by Ruth Hutson > Today, 4:14 PM

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Chemistry
Weather & Climate lessons/unit
Hello everyone, this is my 26th year teaching-22 years in Middle school science & now in my 4th year as the K-5 science teacher.  This year I created a unit for 3rd grade for Weather & Climate.  We are not at full adoption of NGSS in NYS yet; however, I've been aligning my curriculum to it for the l...

by C Walsh > Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Weather and Elementary
I had children draw concepts of science and scientists on the covers of their Life Science notebooks at the start of the year. There were many potions and volcanoes represented. They drew concepts of weather on their Weather Notebooks at the start of the weather unit. They are now at the end of the ...

by Marianne Cane > Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:50 AM

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Early Childhood
Science Success for Students With Special Needs
Hi Isaacah-- Thank you for sharing and commenting on this article! It certainly summarizes practices which teachers have found to be effective. Mary B

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:16 PM

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Professional Development
Will SpaceX soon be in our textbooks?
That's a great question. I don't know the answer. We don't have science textbooks in my district so I know it won't be in there. However, we are still implementing NGSS and a lot is unknown in pacing and content for science. I just make sure I'm covering everything we can squeeze in as far as the bi...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:43 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie! I'd like to remind you that STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics. I feel like when people think of STEM they focus a lot on the science part and seem to forget the rest. Technology is also a very important thing that impacts our students in every way. I am c...

by Yessica Castillo > Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 PM

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STEM
STEM in a Kindergarten Class
I am a student teacher in a Bilingual Kindergarten class. My mentor teacher and I teach Language Arts and Writing in Spanish. I was having some difficulty on how we could incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics) into our classroom. This is when I found a great STEM websit...

by Brenda Rivera > Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:08 PM

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STEM
Student Teacher
Hi Diane, I'm a former Science teacher of 10 years and a STEM teacher for another 10. There are tons of sites dedicated to STEM on the web which can be overwhelming, one I continue to return to is engineering go for it! You can search by topic and or grade level. I've used many of the activiti...

by Sharon Lennstrom > Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:40 PM

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STEM
STEM programs
Hi! I am currently a student teacher in a first grade classroom and I really get to see first hand how science is being taught. STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering, and Math and it is an overall great thing to implement in to everyones classroom. I personally would implement STEM in my ...

by Alondra Hernandez > Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:11 PM

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STEM
Cross Cutting Concepts
Cross cutting concepts are also, connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science. As you teach more lessons the cross cutting concepts will become second nature to you because you are aware of them. This also helps students to make connections to not only other content areas but ...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:58 PM

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New Teachers
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Megan- I really like what you talked about and agree with you when you say younger students should be engaged through open inquiry. I also agree that teacher directed learning is appropriate at the beginning but it is very important to get students learning on their own and figuring ideas out the...

by Mariah Danger > Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:25 AM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
STEM stands for ( science, technology, engineering, mathematics). All of these subjects are highly important in children's education. They include subjects that are rich in numbers and hands on experiments. Now in days there are a lot of schools that are suffering in these specific subjects. One wa...

by Henry Campos > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:49 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Jennifer and Ana! I appreciate you both sharing your teaching and learning experiences during student teaching. It does give creative ideas of how to integrate science and math into reading and language arts class. Science, Mathematics, Technology, and engineering(STEM) are crucial subjects that...

by Bianca Balderas > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:41 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics, every teacher should bring implement STEM to their classes. STEM is growing everywhere, students should be prepared when they just attend school. Kindergarten is a great age to let children start STEM, this is lik...

by Yixiu Yan > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:21 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hey Jennifer! I totally agree that teachers should implement STEM into their curriculum. The fields of Science, Mathematics, Technology, and engineering is ever growing! Preparing our future students with the skills necessary to thrive in these fields is being emphasized in education. I think that...

by Ana Gonzalez > Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:58 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
I strongly believe that every teacher should implement STEM into their curriculum. All students should be aware of what STEM stands for and what STEM exactly is. STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics. The STEM world is full of excitement in the science field. Teachers beg...

by Jennifer Gaw > Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:20 PM

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STEM
STEM programs
Hello Lindsey! I am in my first semester as well!! STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and mathematics) is awesome! I think it is interesting to want to reach all subjects in this project of yours! I think it is a great idea to use the manipulative and have them make something creative along wit...

by Stefanie Thews > Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:48 PM

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STEM
STEM programs
Hello! I am in my first semester of student teaching and I am in a second grade class. I love what STEM stands for (Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics) and I love your ideas on how to implement it into a 2nd grade class. I think this project could reach potentially all subjects that s...

by Danielle George > Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:25 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
Most of what is being said is completely true and I agree 100%. The ratio of boys and girls being involved in the science, STEM or engineering needs to be changed. Girls tend to always want to "beat" the boys so I would probably add activities, experiments that have a competition. another way to get...

by Macie Duran > Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:06 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM programs
Hello, I am in my first semester of student teaching and I am placed in a kindergarten class. I was finding it hard to think of ways to implement STEM into Kindergarten but everything you said is totally true. I see my students using STEM every day. When they are in centers and exploring the legos, ...

by Lindsey Ballinas > Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:50 PM

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STEM
STEM programs
How funny! I am also in my first semester of student teaching! I also like what STEM stands for (Science, Technology, engineering, and Math) and wish to implement it in my future classroom. I feel it is very important for students to know and be familiar with this concept in this ever progressing ...

by Erika Padilla > Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:20 PM

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STEM
STEM programs
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I am student teaching in a first-grade classroom, and like Lindsey mentioned, most of us are already using STEM all around us. I would implement STEM in my future classroom by crafting activities that allow the students to use creativity, h...

by Naimah Urfi > Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:50 PM

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STEM
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Brianna- I love all of the information you have here! It's great to know about each stage of inquiry and how there are different levels of meaningful learning that comes from each. In the Elementary School Science Methods class it has been helpful seeing examples of each kind of inquiry in variou...

by Jamie Becker > Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:35 AM

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Elementary Science
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Brianna, I am an Undergraduate studying Elementary Education and I agree with you that inquiry-based learning should increase for students as they get older and once into those upper grades, there should be large amounts of open inquiry. However, I do not believe you have to limit your k-2 studen...

by Megan Lensing > Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:04 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM programs
I am in my first semester of student teaching as well.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.  I hope to teach fifth grade math and/or science someday.  I would like to use hands on projects to get the kids excited about STEM in my classroom.  An easy science experiment I could...

by Tracy Galle > Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:41 PM

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STEM
activities to introduce science in a early grade level
Hello Vanessa, I found a really cool hands on STEM activity that I think Kindergarteners could probably do. It uses marshmallows and straws in order to build a structure which stands. Basically the students would be 'engineering' structures using materials they think are fun. You could use different...

by Christine Gadbois > Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:12 PM

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Early Childhood
STEM programs
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I don’t believe that this should be thought of as a new concept because we teach students science and math almost every day, and they encounter these subjects every day. Students walk outside, and there’s science all around them. St...

by Lindsey Huynh > Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:58 PM

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STEM
STEM ideas for fourth graders
You can include paper towel rolls, index cards, yard, straws, and etc. It really just depends on what the students want to use or what you limit them to use. Let them come up with some materials for engineering their designs. Good luck and have fun,

by Nina Stiell > Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:16 PM

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STEM
Amount of time for science in the classroom
That's a challenge for many of our teachers. You just have to know that science can be a strong gateway into math, reading, and writing. Integration is key. Use science text for your interactive read aloud or shared reading. You can use a non-fiction science text to discuss text features, but also h...

by Loribeth Mau > Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:33 PM

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Elementary Science
NGSS Coach
Margaret, I have worked as an elementary STEM Master Teacher for the past three years and currently I am a lead teacher who helps teachers with curriculum and models lessons. I have worked at 5 different elementary schools in a rotation. The majority of what I learned was that many of teachers are r...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM as a "special"??
Beth and everyone, You might also post this question on the STEM, earlychildhood and elementary email lists/listservs run by NSTA . You will add to the conversation and reach even more experienced NSTA members. The responses come to email instead of being archived on a platform but the conversa...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:01 AM

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STEM
Teaching about the Planets in Our Solar System
Hi Bayley! One of the things I did with the kids was to build a solar system to scale http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/ The kids were amazed at the proportion (hey, there's some math!). I received some materials from NASA, including little cards that the kids could read from (hey,...

by James Johnson > Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:16 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM as a "special"??
Hello, My name is Nina Stiell and I have taught both elementary age and middle school.  It is possible but you definitely need to keep in mind the organization of their projects and time management.  The students might need to keep a  journal of some kind to help them keep up with what they hav...

by Nina Stiell > Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:32 PM

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STEM
Teaching Science Vocabulary
Hi Science Friends! Does anyone have any interactive or best practices for teaching science vocabulary?

by Danielle Ryan > Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:06 AM

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Chemistry
STEAM in an ELA classroom
See also the article "engineering Literary Solutions" from the February 2017 issue of NSTA Reports. It's on page 10 at http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/nstareports/nstareports201702.pdf .

by Debra Shapiro > Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:02 PM

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STEM
STEAM in an ELA classroom
Google "Novel engineering" project by Tufts Univ. Kids read novels/books and engineer solutions for the characters. There are book recommendations and teaching guides so that you can teach the engineering design process through literacy.

by Beth Sommers > Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:30 PM

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STEM
Weather and Elementary
My pre-K class does this in several ways. First, meteorologist is one of the class jobs (for TV station KAAG (K, west coast, school and class name). We record our weather observations each day on a class calendar; I like the Blue Ridge Parkway calendars because their photos match seasons well. At...

by Anne Lowry > Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:24 PM

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Early Childhood
Holiday engineering
Hi everyone   The discussions about creating an engineering list started me thinking.  I can come up with lots of holiday themed engineering books for the early years.  When the engineering list is up and running I will post there, but as these are early years books, here are two holiday enginee...

by Anne Lowry > Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:07 PM

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Early Childhood
STEM
I'm sharing a message I posted elsewhere in this forum. NSTA has recently published two related books by the Picture Perfect Science authors: Picture Perfect STEM, K-2 and 3-5. Each lesson is an engineering challenge tied to one or two read-aloud picture books. https://www.nsta...

by David Vernot > Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:31 PM

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STEM
STEM Activities
I'm sharing a message I posted elsewhere in this forum. Though not specifically designed for ELL, these hands-on lessons could really engage your ELL students. NSTA has recently published two related books by the Picture Perfect Science authors: Picture Perfect STEM, K-2 and 3-5. Each les...

by David Vernot > Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:14 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM
NSTA has recently published two related books by the Picture Perfect Science authors: Picture Perfect STEM, K-2 and 3-5. Each lesson is an engineering challenge tied to one or two read-aloud picture books. https://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781681403281 https://www.n...

by David Vernot > Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:11 PM

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STEM
Classroom Management
Students need to know the procedures in your classroom. It helps if the grade level team have the same basic rules. Students want and need to know when and where they will be able to go to the bathroom, what to do if they lose a pencil or one breaks, where to put completed work, what happens if a st...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:24 PM

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New Teachers
Movies for Science in Elementary Grades
I feel like you are able to incorporate movies (especially kids movies) into science much more often than most people realize! For example, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (for engineering), Finding Nemo/Dory (for oceans unit), A Bugs life (for bug unit). Students are also much more knowledgeable ...

by Haley Wiebenga > Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:26 PM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM and Fairy Tales
I am currently a junior at the University of Northern Iowa and I am loving these ideas about fairytales and STEM! My elementary school was big on STEM when I was in high school so I am excited to see what I can do to integrate STEM into my future classroom. The fourth little pig and the Cinderella i...

by Miranda Hansen > Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:32 PM

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STEM
Teaming Up for Next Generation Now
Who are you connecting with and what resources are you using to bring NGSS practices into the classroom? 

by Alison Thalmann > Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:14 AM

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Professional Development
STEM and Fairy Tales
I think this would be great to use. I believe that STEM needs to be expanded for our younger students and what better way than to incorporate engineering and fairy tales into the lesson. It's hands on and fun. Even though I'm student teaching currently in the fourth grade classroom, I can see myself...

by Jessica Lopez > Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:04 PM

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STEM
Integrating Fairy Tales and engineering
This is really cool! A partner of mine and I taught an engineering lesson that was based on a similar concept. We taught third graders through an engineering problem based on The Three Little Pigs . The students were allowed to select their own materials to build a structure that could withstand a ...

by Kale Lindner > Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:32 PM

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Elementary Science
K/1 Teacher
Hi Deborah, I am a student at UNI and we have been learning all semester about the 5Es for implementing science in elementary classrooms. It provides a good framework for planning science lessons that are student-driven and engaging. Here is an article about the 5Es and here is an example of ...

by Corbin Hatterman > Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:35 AM

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New Teachers
STEM Stations
Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I will be printing the lego challenge cards to use it in my future classroom. I plan on to give each student a lego challenge card and see how far they can go. I like how this activity can be used as a cross-curricular activity by implementing engineering a...

by Katherine Lazo > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:43 PM

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STEM
NGSS textbook
If you are looking for a book that is aligned to NGSS, the HMH Biology 2017 program has a complete correlation to the standards and includes some resources that provide additional activities for engineering and performance based learning. But if you are looking for a book that was written specifica...

by Diane Fluty > Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
From STEM to STEAM: Incorporating the arts in a roller coaster engineering project review
Hello everyone!! I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about an article, "From STEM to STEAM Incorporating the arts in a roller coaster engineering project" by Kristin Cook, Sarah Bush and Richard Cox, that I just read. I thought that this article was interesting because I am looking to go ...

by Megan Grano > Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:02 PM

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STEM
article review 5
I read an article named “Engaging Students in Scientific practices: What does constructing and revising models look like in the science classroom?” It illustrates the relationship between constructing knowledge and discovering meaning. The author explains the relationship of them from four different...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:08 PM

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Early Childhood
Mystery Bag engineering Challenges for Kids
I explored this link a bit and think this would be so much fun! I am a student at the University of Northern Iowa about to enter into student teaching, and I think the idea of a mystery bag that incorporates engineering and measuring and mathematics. I remember putting together a marble maze in sixt...

by Mikaela Bahlmann > Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:41 PM

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Early Childhood
Garden Activities
In my art class, we had to create a STEAM project. I had never done this before so I struggled a little bit at first. This is what I came up with, it may help a bit. Students were to each plant a seed in the "classroom garden" located near the window (if you have an actual garden that's even better!...

by Karina Gonzalez > Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:01 PM

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Life Science
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
As holidays approach students get anxious and have a harder time focusing in class. I am a pre-service teacher at UMBC, and with Thanksgiving arriving in a couple of days, I certainly have been having a hard time focusing in class. It makes me think how elementary school students are doing at this t...

by Lindsay Thompson > Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:35 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
I absolutely love this idea. It is a great way of incorporating literature into science or vice versa. There is so much one can do with the combination of STEM and literature. I love the idea that it is fairy tales, that is generally geared towards girls and engineering, which is, unfortunately, gea...

by Idania Caceres > Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:40 PM

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STEM
What does STEM teaching look like?
After reading through many discussions regarding STEM in the classroom, I am inspired to implement STEM in my future classroom as well! I am a pre-service teacher living in Houston, TX and will graduate with my Teaching and Learning degree in May. Once I have my own classroom, I plan to implement...

by Paxton Tsika > Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 PM

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STEM
Unique Labs for Forces and Motion
What specifically are you teaching with force and motion? Is it just the basics such as kinetic and potential energy? Are you expecting students to do some of the actual math associated with force and motion? My 8th graders typically complete and engineering activity where they build and test rub...

by Shalen Boyer > Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:55 PM

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Physical Science
National STEM Scholars Applications Now Open!
Hello educators and education professionals–   I’m contacting you to ask for your help in sharing this opportunity with middle school STEM teachers.   The National Stem Cell Foundation would like to introduce you to the National STEM Scholars program and ask you to share this information with an...

by Matthew Hughes > Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:58 PM

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STEM
STEM and Fairy Tales
I think my class will have so much fun learning about engineering and Fairy Tales if given the chance to bring it "alive" through hands-on learning and technology. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators! I believe that th...

by Aundria Rogers > Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:40 PM

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STEM
STEM for November
I follow the blog and I believe this is a fantastic resource to implement STEM activities and lesson in the classroom. These activities are helpful for students to be hands on and learn using science, technology, engineering an math. I believe this blog is a useful resource because teachers can use ...

by Angelita Vasquez > Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:40 PM

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STEM
STEM/STEAM activities & properties of matter
In my classroom, I would implement STEM activities by providing my students with fun, innovative projects that promote critical thinking and everyday concepts. Having students build different things based off of ideas they come up with. For example, a really good lesson that promotes engineering a...

by Emerald Lee > Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:38 PM

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STEM
Integration
If I must follow a scope and sequence for ELA and the science content is adjustable, I will use literature as the center of my lesson plan and build on that topic with my other subjects. Using literature for a spring board opens up a lot of different avenues for science, math, and sometimes even soc...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:46 PM

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New Teachers
STEM/STEAM activities & properties of matter
One way I would implement STEM into my future classroom would be to establish and practice some skills such as problem-solving, innovative thinking, communications, productive teamwork, g enerating multiple ideas, and decision-making. These characteristics and skills help childr...

by Vicky Reveles > Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:54 AM

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STEM
Classroom Behavior Management
Hi Darcey-- What age or grade level are you referring to? You could have a potential safety issue here, if students are not using the materials appropriately or if they are engaged in disruptive behavior. What kind of safety agreement did your mentor teacher use to emphasize appropriate lab pract...

by Mary Bigelow > Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:54 PM

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New Teachers
STEM in November
A jackpot...or a cornucopia!...of great STEM ideas for November from the website STEM Activities for Kids. Do you follow this blog? It is a fantastic resource for you.  http://stemactivitiesforkids.com/20…/…/12/thankful-for-stem/ Wendy Goldfein  GetCaughtengineering.com

by Wendy Goldfein > Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:08 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM for November
A jackpot...or a cornucopia!...of great STEM ideas for November from the website STEM Activities for Kids. Do you follow this blog? It is a fantastic resource for you.  http://stemactivitiesforkids.com/20…/…/12/thankful-for-stem/ Wendy Goldfein GetCaughtengineering.com

by Wendy Goldfein > Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:07 PM

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STEM Competitions?
Hello!  Good for you! You are embarking on an exciting and memorable journey with your students! Depending on the ages of your students, there are dozens of STEM competitions that are fantastic to use in the classroom. Because I teach in a rural area,  my secondary students don't have a lot of...

by Debbie Morgan > Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:12 PM

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STEM
5th Grade STEM Ideas
Hi Alexandra, A website with lots of ideas, blogs, and links to resources is : http://stemactivitiesforkids.com The site is a cooperative effort from several experienced STEM teachers, including us (Getcaughtengineering.com). The group also has a very supportive closed Facebook page ( https://...

by Wendy Goldfein > Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:58 AM

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STEM
Transitioning from STEM to STEAM in the elementary classroom
Planning STEM learning that incorporates science, engineering, and math while developing or using technology doesn't exclude learning about art or topics in social studies, and social-emotional and reading skills. Also, a label doesn’t make a lesson a “STEM” lesson, it’s what the children do and le...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:55 AM

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Elementary Science
What does STEM teaching look like?
I am a college student studying Elementary Education, specifically Middle School. I love the sciences and fully believe that STEM teaching needs to always be referred to as STEAM teaching. Science, technology, engineering, and math come to life through artistic designs and creative fire! From my cla...

by Elizabeth Roby-Miklus > Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:34 PM

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STEM
Science Projects
Hi Diane, Stephanie, and everyone participating in this discussion thread. There are models and there is the practice of building models in order to help construct understanding of a concept or explain a phenomenon.  BOTH have a place in science.  The NGSS clearly expects building a model to be a pr...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:37 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
I love the way that this integrates STEM ideas cross-curricularly through Fairy Tales. It also brings engineering and nonfiction into the world of fiction, which could appeal to those students who love fantasy and fiction reading. I really like the problem-solving aspect of this idea as well as it c...

by Rachel Stuckey > Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:31 PM

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STEM
Stem & 5Es
Hi Aleks! Weather is a broad topic to teach. There is so much you can teach about and spread to create a unit lesson. Take for example, when students are learning about tornados and other natural disasters, you can ENGAGE students into learning about these by a discrepant event. Students can the...

by Jennifer Ortiz > Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:43 PM

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STEM
Nature of Science Integration
Hello! My name is David Michl, and I'm currently a fifth-year Integrated Sciences student completing his practicum in a seventh grade science classroom. My student teaching begins in the spring, and I will soon be buried in lesson plans for the season. I've taken it upon myself to try and integrate...

by David Michl > Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:33 PM

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New Teachers
Getting girls involved in Science
I think it's SO IMPORTANT to get girls involved in science at a young age, because when they are adults there are SO MANY cool opportunities for them in the STEM fields. Most big cities have professional societies called WiSTEM (Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and they are...

by Katie Lewis > Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:47 AM

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Elementary Science
Great STEM Resource
 Looking for STEM ideas or support? A great resource is the Facebook closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/STEMteachertribe/ Lots of ideas and interaction from teachers who are teaching STEM. Once you join the group you can ask your questions there and will get lots of fee...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM

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STEM
What does STEM teaching look like?
In early childhood education settings STEM learning may not be identified as such. When children are building with blocks and struggling to build a stable tower, they may be noticing the size, shape, and weight of blocks (M), and exploring the concept of balance as they place them (E). Children noti...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:34 AM

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STEM
What does STEM teaching look like?
I had a wonderful conversation yesterday in Sacramento at the CSTA Annual Conference with Page Keeley around the origins of STEM, and was inspired by my conversation with Jeff Weld in Baltimore last week at the NSTA Regional Conversation on creating a stem culture and building school-business STEM p...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:38 AM

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STEM
Suggest Elementary-Middle School Science Curriculum
Hi Cheri, I would recommend you look at Amplify Science.  I have been very impressed with how well done the K-8 materials are.  They incorporate key elements of NGSS, math and ELA common core standards, and computer simulations to help students visualize what is happening at levels that may be to...

by Belinda Clark > Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Getting girls involved in Science
Hi everyone! I am currently an elementary major and am currently taking courses that embed methods of teaching particular subjects. Since we live in the 21st century, technology is now more than ever present in the classroom. A good way to get students engaged is to use technology as a pre ass...

by Jennifer Ortiz > Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:29 PM

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Elementary Science
Classroom Changes due to NGSS - Your opinions matter! Please share them!
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am conducting a r...

by Angela Holt > Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:03 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Curricular and Pedagogical Reform in the Science Classroom
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am cond...

by Angela Holt > Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:16 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM get girls encouraged?
Sydney I appreciate you asking your question. The late Sally Ride, the first US female NASA astronaut made involving girls in STEM a high priority throughout her efforts called Sally Ride Science. Leland Melvin, retired NASA astronaut (2 flights aboard ISS)-and prior head of NASA education is als...

by Al Byers > Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:54 AM

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STEM
EDUCATORS TO ICELAND
I'm organizing the ultimate field trip for formal and informal educators! Picture yourself on a 9-day trip to Iceland with colleagues interested in experiencing the dynamic interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Join us to experience phenomena-based science teachin...

by Kottie Christie-Blick > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:44 AM

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Professional Development
Getting girls involved in Science
Hi Amber, I was really happy to see this post because I think this question is extremely important and sometimes we forget to take these things into consideration. I am currently an undergraduate student on track to earn my certificate in elementary education. We have been learning how to incorpor...

by Lindsay Thompson > Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:20 AM

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Elementary Science
Integrating Fairy Tales and engineering
Thank you for the post! I love this idea. I am currently going to school for elementary education and we are learning all about how to integrate subjects. I think this is an amazing way to get students excited about literature and science at the same time while high order thinking is taking place. N...

by sabrina bumpke > Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:52 AM

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Elementary Science
Gardening Unit
Hi Jocelyn, Going off of Margaret's ideas, I found a few others that may help. The timeframe may mean that they aren't possible to complete, but they may get some ideas going to work within two-weeks. First, I found an article about some of the data students can collect from a garden and diffe...

by Megan Doty > Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:04 PM

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Elementary Science
Mystery Bag engineering Challenges for Kids
WThanks for the link! This is a great activity for students to be creative and use their problem solving skills. This activity also helps the students understand more what engineering it's about which is great because they get to know the different branches of science .

by Alexia Lopez > Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:39 PM

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Early Childhood
Activities in the Science classroom
Just like Wendi said, use literature as the engagement part of your science lesson. I use Picture Perfect Science books from NSTA for lessons throughout the year. It may be that I do a science demonstration on day 1 and ask probing questions about the results of the demo. Depending on the grade leve...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Activities in the Science classroom
It is difficult in elementary schools to meet all of the expectations in a day. One of the best ways is to integrate - not just putting science in with a book about something scientific. Instead try thinking about how your math lesson could connect, can you revisit your writing tasks this week with ...

by Wendi Laurence > Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:03 AM

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Elementary Science
Pre-service advice
Hi Leslie, I found a previous post in the New Teachers forum that discusses posters and other decorations for the classroom. Check it out at the link below: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/default.aspx?tid=/mCSJTMaXcc_E What level are you preparing to teach (elementary, middle, hig...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:45 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Lesson Tips & Ideas
Hi Yolanda, Welcome to the Learning Center Forums! Here you can interact with thousands of other science teachers to gain ideas and insight into planning and implementing high quality science lessons in your future classroom. Some of the resources in the Learning Center are Journal Articles or Bo...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Looking for a condensed explanation of NGSS
A couple nice posters to outline Science and engineering practices and Crosscutting Concepts

by Gary Myers > Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:41 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science and engineering Games
Does anyone have any suggestions for science/engineering games that could be used in an early childhood elementary classroom?

by Meredith Kressen > Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:57 PM

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Elementary Science
Preservice Teacher
Samantha, I would ask the teaching what content must be covered and what they would want you to teach. Sometimes they will be specific and sometimes they will say something very broad and general. If you are observing throughout the semester you may be able to narrow your search. I would go to: htt...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:44 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting girls involved in Science
One school is doing a great job with Science and engineering and includes girls from K-12. They're on Facebook and Instagram and always sharing great discoveries or activities their students are engaged in. It's an all girl school "Sacred Hearts Academy" https://www.instagram.com/sacredheartsaca...

by Janice Noguchi > Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:31 AM

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Elementary Science
How to fit science in your schedule
Dorothy, Thank you for sharing those resources! I'm always trying to find more engineering challenges and "engineering is Elementary" has many that also relate to topics I teach. I love using picture books even with older students. They love being read to. Lori

by Lori Takiguchi > Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:43 AM

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Elementary Science
Science on the Back Burner
Hi Lerrenzia, I incorporate science reading during reading instruction for non-fiction. Students usually find the topics engaging. I also try to incorporate a STEM challenge within science topics or other content areas. For example, when students were learning about Native Americans (5th grade),...

by Lori Takiguchi > Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:23 AM

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Elementary Science
Writing Student Growth Objectives for Kindergarten Science
I am looking for help figuring out to write meaningful Student Growth Objectives aligned with the NGSS kindergarten standards. I see each class once a week for 40 minutes, and teach more than 200 children. If they are absent for my class, I miss key assessment opportunities.  I have not yet figur...

by Marianne Cane > Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:49 PM

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Early Childhood