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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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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
Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication Anne Jolly begins her June, 2017, blog post for CTQ Collaboratory by urging that If you want to engage students and get the...

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:18 AM

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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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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 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 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/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
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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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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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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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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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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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
STEM and Fairy Tales
Great idea in integrating language arts with Science! Especially for those who always trying to juggle their instruction times of different subjects. Besides fairy tales, did anyone try any engineering ideas with Fables? For example, Aesop's Fables?

by Avory Abordonado > Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:02 PM

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STEM
Elementary Science Specialists
Mary, for the past three years I was a STEM Master Teacher. My position was funded by a federal grant. There were initially 5 elementary STEM teachers, 3 in middle school, and 2 in high school. We were still employed by our district and our pay was roughly the same as a classroom teacher. However, w...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:22 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 by Peggy Ashbrook http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=mOElq0krBP8_E The Powerful practices series http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/ Uncovering Misconceptions: Elementary ...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
I love to see so many replies for a topic that is so important and needs addressing...there should be science every day for every student. I agree that integrating literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts will not only help give you more time teaching science concepts to your students,...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:17 AM

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Early Childhood
4th grade animal adaptations
I was recently at the NSTA conference in L.A. last spring and saw a couple of 4th grade team teachers do a unit on adaptation. They started with having students observe individual ants in clear containers and integrating Math by tilting the container at different angles to observe how the ants b...

by Avory Abordonado > Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:48 PM

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Life Science
A challenge for STEM educators, what did Newton do?
Modern science, technology, engineering, and math began when an apple fell on Newton's head (?) at his country estate, and he determined to describe its trajectory.  That is, to find its position at each instant as it falls, that is, to find a function p(t) that gives the apple's position as it fall...

by William Flannery > Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:53 PM

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STEM
2017-18 STEM Teacher Grant Opportunity
eCYBERMISSION eCYBERMISSION—one of the U.S. Army's Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP)—is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in t...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:00 PM

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2017-18 STEM Teacher Grant Opportunity
Thank you for posting, John! I have been searching about grants and opportunities for teachers and students for the 2017-2018 school year, too. I have been posting on twitter @athalmann77, however, I love the NSTA Learning Center to draw educators to share in one central place. Often times...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:57 PM

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Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Hi Sarah! Looking forward to your list! I like https://concord.org/ (which also has online ideas for NGSS lessons at http://concord.org/ngss/ science and math activities), American Chemical Society's http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/ and https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemi...

by Chris Herald > Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:03 AM

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Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Another great way to integrate sciences is to do activities on sand. I'm from Hawaii, so we are surrounded by sand, but there are many different components that make up the sand, some of which are living, and some not. Dissecting microscopes can be used to separate out different components. Magne...

by Cecelia Romero > Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:44 AM

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Earth and Space Science
engineering Curriculum Help
Hi Kyle, I agree with Mary about contacting local engineering schools/programs in your area. They often have outreach programs or contests that can fit well into an engineering curriculum. My students have participated in a Pumpkin Drop Contest (think Egg Drop on steroids) in WV and Bridge Buil...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:01 PM

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STEM
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Okay, I've got it now. I like the engineering idea better also. I think they will do more good and get more out of it trying to solve a problem more than bringing awareness to one. Awesome!! I really would love to hear how it turns out. Thank you for answering my questions!

by HEATHER HOUSTON > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:25 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
No. I don't like the county idea, which to me is boring. I think the engineering project allows them to apply all the content into a real world crisis and go through the entire engineering and design process and work in collaborative groups with assigned roles where each has a specific problem the...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Yes I have done Project based learning. Our story line for our first unit is the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. In that unit we cover the concepts of global water issues, properties of water, Adams, the first 20 elements in the periodic table, chemical and physical changes all too demonstrate how when...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Middle School Teacher NGSS Assessment Tools
Steven, I just looked at this resource from Concord Consortium. It is definitely one that all educators should keep in their tool kit. Here is a pdf included on the website which explains how to find a pathway through NGSS including core ideas, crosscutting ideas and practices http://con...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:39 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Getting girls involved in Science
It is interesting to me to read this post from 2015 and how relevant the topic is, two years after. I have been involved in activities with sciences and robotics for girls. In my experience I have seen classrooms with male and female students and only girls. It is true that girls tend to be quiet wh...

by Ayda Parra > Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:34 AM

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Elementary Science
NGSS Alignment and what to report out?
Hello, we have had a similar discussion and believe the best way to approach this may be reporting out the Science and engineering practices since they closely mirror the 21st Century Learning Skills. We brainstormed creating self-reflection forms that students could complete to track their progres...

by Steven Autieri > Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:37 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Alignment and what to report out?
Hello, My district is beginning the alignment process to NGSS this summer. We are currently working on revising our UbD's for course science classes K-12. One of our ultimate district mandates is to have 5-7 reportable standards on a grade report. As to this mandate I was looking for guidance as to...

by Michael Mohammad > Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:02 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
Definitely look at your local colleges and universities for outreach programs. I live near UCONN and they had a Girls in Science program that looks to build interest, enthusiasm, and opportunities for girls to enter STEM related career fields. Our students love it and many have gone on to programs...

by Steven Autieri > Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Astronaut (in the future)
I would look into purchasing some hydraulic engineering kits that he can build with his hands. Search for Little Bits which are electronic bits that he can create his own cool contraptions with and their website has many ideas to choose from. I think he might like some of the new books for children ...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Changes from Heat (heating, cooling, condensation): 5E Lesson -Texas 4th grade
At the Exxonmobile Teachers Academy we created 5E Lesson plans and then added enhancements to the lesson.  Here is my final product of changes from heat.  I teach in Texas so it is to the TEKS, Science and engineering practices and CCSS Mathematics practices.

by Cassie Weilmuenster > Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:41 PM

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Elementary Science
First Day of School Science Activities
I currently teach middle school science and I use the first week of school to introduce students to the common skills and strategies that they will require in science. I try to have students engage in collaborative activities: work in small groups to build a geometric structure ( using triangles, sq...

by Sharon Stevens-Allen > Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:50 AM

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Life Science
Critical Pedagogy and STEM
Wow,Peter, that is such a timely topic. I left a high-performing, predominately upper class school after seventeen years to take part in a grant that has been in place for three years now. Our parish wrote a PROGRESS Federal Grant to reach those low performing schools with high-poverty students. The...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:04 PM

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STEM
engineering Curriculum Help
Teach them the engineering design process. Here is a sample of that along with a great site for engineering challenges. https://www.teachengineering.org/k12engineering/designprocess

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:30 PM

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STEM
engineering Curriculum Help
Kyle, I urge you to contact your local college or university's engineering department to come talk to your students about the different branches of engineering. You can create a partnership with them and get to do campus visits, especially during engineering week. You also could have some college s...

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:27 PM

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STEM
engineering Curriculum Help
Hello, I recently was tasked with creating our school's first engineering class for our 11th graders for next year. This is an exciting opportunity, however I have only taken 1 engineering class in college and am very unsure how to organize this class. I have been trying to find some classroom re...

by Kyle Yost > Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:35 PM

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STEM
STEM PBL Openings in Az
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:22 PM

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Professional Development
STEM PBL Teaching Positions Open in AZ
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Yes Don and everyone considering using this video Don's  observation: Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefrui...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:16 AM

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Earth and Space Science
STEAM + Economics + Equity? Strange bedfellows, but oh, how STEAM-EE
Empower Students and Revolutionize Learning with the Hottest Content Around Recently, American educators, students, and citizens have found it necessary to stand up for the protection of science as well as climate change research. Many of us understand that advancing science education and inquiry...

by Susan Santone > Tue May 30, 2017 5:51 PM

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STEM
Astrobiology as a Capstone Course
I am wondering if anyone uses astrobiology as a Capstone Course in High School. I have been working with people at NASA Astrobiology Institute  to develop learning progressions in astrobiology that start with the Seven Big Questions in Astrobiology that form the Astrobiology Strategy  and the Ast...

by Donald Boonstra > Tue May 30, 2017 4:52 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Standards Based Grading and NGSS
Chris,     For the NASA Mars Education lessons we developed Instructional Objectives (IO) and Learning Outcomes (LO) for each lesson. The IO and LO's were written using the 3-D format of a Performance Expectation, but were more focused. We then wrote a rubric for each Learning Outcome and suggest...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu May 18, 2017 4:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Looking for a condensed explanation of NGSS
Just like Flavio, I use NSTA as my go to for pretty much everything, especially NGSS! There are lessons, trade books, and you can see the progressions of the NGSS from elementary through high school. It is a veritable gold mine! Even if you choose not to use the lesson plans, they provide a road ma...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed May 17, 2017 9:17 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teaching Science to ELLs- Challenges
Shmouni and Everyone, I had the great privilege to see and hear Dr.Okee Lee talk about  teaching science to ELLs and NGSS.  Many of the suggestions mentioned about modeling, vocabulary and being culturally in tune with your students are some of the things  she discussed in her presentation.   ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu May 04, 2017 3:50 PM

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General Science and Teaching
There is not a Program for GIFTED IN ESOL (ELL) SCIENCE
You might consider looking into engineering is Elementary. EiE.org There is a middle school component. I teach elementary and we use the after school club. You can do the same thing during the school day. The teacher book if a free download as is the student journal. Just create an account. There i...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu May 04, 2017 1:18 PM

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Physical Science
Team building, engineering, Teamworkarch
I have developed an activity that introduces students to the advantages and difficulties in working together in completing a task.  The activity also introduces several standards dealing with engineering.  Take a look at the documents and any feedback would be appreciated. If the video doesn't work,...

by Jeff Rickett > Wed May 03, 2017 2:16 PM

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STEM
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
THank you for the tip on the teachengineering.org website. Great resource!

by Gretchen Hausman > Wed May 03, 2017 2:03 AM

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STEM
STEM Resources
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:02 AM

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New Teachers
STEM Activities
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:01 AM

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Elementary Science
Great STEM Resource
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:00 AM

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STEM
Thermal Energy In Middle School
Hi Shalen, I agree that thermal energy is a difficult topic for middle level students to grasp.  The concepts of heat energy transfer, temperature and thermal energy are intertwined so they need a firm grasp of each of them.   Here is a middle level collection on energy for you to consider: ...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:36 AM

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Physical Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
Agreed. A major component of fairy tales is the lack of ability that women have on their own end to save themselves. One thing that I think could enhance this project even more in that respect is to not have students emulate new ways for the prince to save the princess, as in the Sleeping Beauty ...

by Jessica Bonnar > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:25 PM

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STEM
New to NSTA
Congratulations to you! Search in the Learning Center for lessons and articles which contain ideas. I taught 2nd grade for many years and we made science journals. The 2nd graders loved creating their journals and showing visitors how they were scientists. We had tadpoles in the aquarium, we grew pl...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:38 PM

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Early Childhood
Genetics in Elementary and Middle School
I currently work in a genetics lab engineering yeast for biofuel, and though it is an intricate process I feel that the basic genetics concepts I rely upon can be made accessible to younger audiences. The first time genetics was fully elaborated upon, going beyond the typical “you look lik...

by Victoria Glynn > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:56 PM

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STEM