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Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
You can easily engage students in ALL of the Science and engineering practices using Phenomenon-Based Learning, for example as it is presented in the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi, Peggy! Thank you for replying to my original post. I appreciate your idea of looking at photos of children at work in a science and/or engineering activity to see if I can name which practices I see in use. With your suggestion, I did a Google search for those images. I tried a few phrases...

by James Alberto > Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Life science, engineering, I'm sure you've heard about the egg drop challenge. The egg must be protected using whatever materials so that when dropped from a height the shell is not cracked. This can be tied to wearing helmets to keep your brain safe. Then I think of 3D printers and how students a...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:50 PM

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Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Try searching the Teachengineering site https://www.teachengineering.org There are quite a few lessons and activities here that integrate engineering and life science (use Bioengineering as a search topic, to start) The lessons are well designed and show an alignment with NGSS. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:33 PM

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Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
I am looking to share ideas as to how to find creative ways to add engineering ideas and projects into the life science curriculum.  I am a middle school teacher and teach an integrated curriculum.  I find it is easier to incorporate engineering design into physical sciences but struggle to find mea...

by John Barstow > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:10 PM

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Developing Scientific Literacy
Dr. Staples, I really love "The Missing Link" resource. The website for incorporating literacy and STEM education is straightforward, easy to read, and has a multitude of visuals that aid in the message. I also appreciated the abundance of examples with using music, writing, stories, and sketches ...

by Brenna Pavluk > Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:12 PM

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Getting girls involved in Science
The PBS series SciGirls is a valuable resource for engaging girls in STEM subjects. Each of the 20+episodes follows a different group of girls as they investigate a science question or solve an engineering problem. The programs are designed to show any girl that they can succeed in STEM activities, ...

by Richard Hudson > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi James, We have lots of resource and links to help you address these practices at : www.getcaughtengineering.com Wendy

by Wendy Goldfein > Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
Hi James, Much of the beauty of the NGSS is in the interweaving of the three Dimensions, so for any activity, we need to include and make visible the disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, in addition to the specific science and engineering practices, that were combined in the perfo...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:02 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and engineering practices?
I'm hoping, whether you teach or work in a state which has adopted the NGSS or not, the wonderful scientifically minded community that is the NSTA will be able to help me. I am looking for recommendations on how to engage elementary students (any grade level) in the Science and engineering practices...

by James Alberto > Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 PM

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Elementary Science
NSTA Conference LA
Hi, I'll be presenting on using Journeys or "Useful, Relevant Interactive Reading Passages in Your Secondary Classroom" Journeys are NGSS aligned middle and high school interactive reading passages integrating current scientist case studies, data analysis, graphing practice sets, engineerin...

by Jess Rowell > Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Community Building with STEM topics in Early Education
Hi Grant, What kind of community are you building? A professional learning community of educators, or a community of discussion about science, technology, engineering and mathematics among your students? Peggy

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:53 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Science is a creative and fun subject! I think that it would be beneficial to integrate science into other areas, such as Math, Reading, Technology, and engineering. Science is everywhere, it is a creative process that students can take part of without even realizing it. I would use books, and discu...

by Cami Martin > Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:47 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Science is a creative and fun subject! I think that it would be beneficial to integrate science into other areas, such as Math, Reading, Technology, and engineering. Science is everywhere, it is a creative process that students can take part of without even realizing it. I would use books, and discu...

by Cami Martin > Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:44 PM

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Early Childhood
Developing Scientific Literacy
Hello Brenna, Here are a couple of resources you may find helpful in developing literacy skills, especially when integrating science and engineering practices: 1) The Missing Link: engineering Design Process and Thinking Skills 2) Literacy and Science Better Together Design challe...

by Dr Kimberly A Staples > Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:12 PM

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STEM
Hi Sara, Can you share a little more information? The technology that one might use in middle or high school is a bit more sophisticated than what might be suggested for elementary. What grade do you teach? My idea of technology is the designing of a tool that helps to solve a problem; so with...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:58 PM

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New Teachers
New to NSTA
Hello, I'm a pre-service teacher as well, the above suggestion will come in handy finding things to do.  I also found that on another community post on this site there was mention of http://www.getcaughtengineering.com/  once on this site click on lessons and ideas.  It gives a few ideas of cla...

by Mitchell Brewer > Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:05 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
If you go to the Get Caught engineering link you can find a bunch of great lessons that could be integrated into lessons during other parts of your day. This way they are still getting important science skills while also working on other skills!

by Harper Miller > Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:03 PM

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Early Childhood
Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions The Cooking Connection In her 2013 blog post "Cooking as Science" online at nstacommunities.org/blog/2013/12/31/cooking-as-sc...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:10 PM

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STEM
Science Websites for Students
Studying science is very important to students.Science has a wide range of applications in most of the fields especially in medical and engineering. Homeopathy doctor in calicut

by Homeopathy Doctor > Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:14 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Websites for Students
Science is a different branch of engineering other than arts.Researchers are going on this branch in medical and technical proffession.Medical field is very much advanced.Science and science stream plays an important role. hearing aid clinics in kottayam

by Speech Hearing > Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:02 AM

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Elementary Science
NSTA Conference LA
What a great question - thank you! I am so lucky- I teach in a K3-8 school so the 4th grade teacher and I collaborate. She has begun using some of the same words (like hypothesis) and that has helped the transition a little. She also introduced the idea of engineering design this year and has real...

by Kathy Biernat > Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:14 PM

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General Science and Teaching
How to start the year off right
Relate the science content to your students' world. Let them investigate real world places, topics, and their interests. Of course, you will have to guide with respect to your grade level science standards and or district curriculum. Use a science notebook in writing for students to record their...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:02 AM

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Elementary Science
Identifying Bad Science
We just ran across a great FREE resource for the classroom to help you guide your students to identify bad science online and in the media. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-To-Spot-Bad-...on-2970433 Wendy Goldfein www.GetCaughtengineering.com

by Wendy Goldfein > Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:23 PM

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STEM and Fairy Tales
That is a great site! We are writing curriculum for a piloted program this year for 4th grade doing just this. We don't just stick to fairy tales though. We look for non-fiction books as well to create that connection between literature, science, math, technology, and engineering.

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:15 PM

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Getting girls involved in Science
Michael, I've currently been working with an after-school STEM program, and we have a few girls in the classes. These girls come from various backgrounds, but some come from engineering families, which is how they became involved in the program. The girls in my classes are often the leaders, and ...

by Meagan Ahl > Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Travel, PD, Earth Science, and STEM in Iceland
Have you thought about ways to combine learning in the STEM areas, including earth science, with your travel bucket list? There are many destinations throughout the world where you can learn more about the natural sciences and innovative uses of technology and engineering. If you are interested, we ...

by Page Keeley > Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:22 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Travel, PD, and STEM- Join us in Iceland!
Have you thought about ways to combine learning in the STEM areas with your travel bucket list? There are many destinations throughout the world where you can learn more about the natural sciences and innovative uses of technology and engineering. If you are interested, we have a group of NSTA membe...

by Page Keeley > Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:20 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Has anyone taught Middle School Physics through a design challenge using cars.  I'm looking to modify or expand a project that involved the engineering process which access Newton's three laws of motion.  Any guidance or resources would be very much appreciated.  Thank you everyone!

by Joshua Blum > Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:28 PM

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STEM
Experiments
The thing about "hands-on" learning is that it is noisy and busy. However, as you rotate through the room, stopping to listen at each group, you will find the students on task! Think about worst case scenario when you are choosing experiments and plan for that. If there is some kind of cutting to be...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:22 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Trips
I believe in taking field trips that are in our own backyard. If you happen to have a state park close by, or some type of industrial plant, and a college or university, those are great places that help students connect to their community. I work with the dean of engineering at our local university ...

by Pam Dupre > Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:33 AM

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Informal Science
Success For All, Takes Us All
All professionals need time to collaborate. We often turn to other teachers when we need information or advice. Now more than ever, teacher collaboration and professional learning relationships are needed for providing ALL students the very best education possible. With pressure on teachers and di...

by Alison Thalmann > Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:25 AM

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Professional Development
engineering Track Teachers In High School
Is there a discussion group for High School teachers of students on an engineering track. I teachers juniors in high school on a 4 year engineering track. My course this year is applied engineering.  Jack Rosenthal energydyn@icloud.com Applied engineering Teacher High School

by Jack Rosenthal > Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:09 PM

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New Teachers
Bubbles
engineering is Elementary has a great unit on Bubbles. It's geared more toward engineering bubble wands but does touch on cohesion, adhesion, and the surface tension of bubbles. It was developed by the Boston Museum of Science. We use their curriculum to train teachers for engineering clubs that are...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:26 PM

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Elementary Science
Change in Education blog post
Great job with your blog! I just started blogging with Blogspot this school year to highlight what the science teachers in my district are doing since I'm now in a science coaching position. I've really enjoyed being able to write about what's happening. I had to chuckle a bit when I read through...

by Chance Duncan > Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:36 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
I'm a long time middle school teacher and more recently science curriculum specialist. The three activities you've posted are definitely solid examples of inquiry learning. Here a couple thoughts regarding NGSS: It would be nice to see how they fit into the context of a unit or topic bundle of NG...

by Richard Bacolor > Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:58 PM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM
STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering and Math education. These areas are essential for the students skills and knowledge. These skills are not only important in school but can help students out in the real world. Science, technology, engineering, and math are things used everyday so it...

by Emily Majano > Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:05 AM

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Technical Writing: (Writing) Mistakes as Progress
Want more on this topic? See "How Software Design Helps Students Revise Drafts," December 2016, for several specific engineering/writing comparisons that reveal the "engineering" importance of revising draft texts. T. R. Girill trg@llnl.gov

by T. R. Girill > Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:23 AM

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Technical Writing: How Software Design Helps Students Revise Drafts
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Software Design Helps Students Revise Drafts Revision Is Vital Revising nonfiction draft text is often hard for the writer but usually vital for the reader (the "us...

by T. R. Girill > Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:16 AM

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Ask Questions
Hi Sarah, I just came across your post.  Asking questions is really at the heart of science.  You might want to explore this web seminar which delves into NGSS and questions. Archive: Preparing for NGSS: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, September 11, 2012 Here is the link that...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:56 AM

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New Teachers
Developmental Level and Inquiry
Hi Cara, It sounds like you have a lot to handle - teaching different grades every day. In trying to address your question about how does one handle the problem solving tasks, I did a quick search of STEM activities for elementary grades and an article from last month's Science and Children might ...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:27 PM

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Virtual Conference Discussion: The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Although this article is from 2003, I think there is a lot of good information around formative assessment, the 5E instructional model, and the moon phases that you are interested in. Hope it is helpful. Seamless Assessment by: Mark J. Volkmann and Sandra K. Abell ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:36 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I too have noticed that there is a large gap between the numbers of girls vs boys in the science/engineering field, and like many have stated that needs to change! I feel that a great reason why so many girls are so discouraged and shy away from science is because, from the beginning, they are not m...

by Caitlin Quinn > Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Academic Language
I believe we are laying a foundation of good science practices when we build academic language. The more we use it the more comfortable the students are using it. On Sunday, November 20, 2016, NSTA Learning Center < learningcenterhelp@nsta.org> wrote: >

by Cara Cook > Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:58 PM

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Elementary Science
ALL CLEAR ON GMO's
I did a lesson on GMO's in my classroom management class (the teaching class) a few semesters ago. I didn't know much about the topic prior to deciding to do a lesson on it. once I discovered what GMO's were, I was intrigued. By the end of my research, I concluded that naturally grown foods, good. G...

by Shamara Brown > Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:03 PM

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Life Science
Balancing Standardized Curriculum and the Needs and Interests of Learners
Wow, that is an interesting position to be in. I don't really have any background with that. I would think that you can't totally avoid teaching the standards if you are using best practices. As for the enrichment aspect, can you allow the students to take the lead? One of my former students has Asp...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:54 PM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM and Fairy Tales
I love this idea! I never thought fairy tales and science could go together. There can be a disconnect between engineering or science and girls because of the misconceptions that science is for boys. I think fairy tales could be a great way to help girls make that connections because they would be a...

by Araceli Venturini > Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:21 PM

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process of science - best practice - vocabulary
Hi Stacy, With the integration of the Next Generation Science Standards into many schools across America, the science processes have evolved into the Science and engineering practices (SEPs) of which there are 8. ( http://ngss.nsta.org/practicesFull.aspx ) When the NGSS first surfaced, they seem...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:07 PM

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Research in Science Education
Science Not Really a Subject
Your opinion is echoed by many, Scott, and you wrote it so eloquently. Thank you. Now that the NGSS standards are complete and contain connections to the CCC, it will be much easier for teachers to incorporate science into whatever subjects they are mandated to teach when science is being demoted t...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:28 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Technical Writing: Text Usability is International
   T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Text Usability is International Would basic usability scaffolds and text-engineering moves still help adolescent students write more effective nonfiction text if those ...

by T. R. Girill > Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:08 PM

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Playground STEM Ideas
This is great information, Wendy. Thanks for sharing. I am planning STEM activities for my first and third grade students. We really need some engineering at our center.

by Cara Cook > Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:16 PM

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Misconceptions and Discrepant Events
Hi Shmouni, You bring up a very very good point here. Teaching through discrepant events (DE's) can be tricky and it does take time. In fact your students explanations of the phenomena that they are observing could be dead wrong initially. I was really excited to teach using DE's when I first st...

by Amanda Wolfe > Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:52 AM

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General Science and Teaching
engineering a Paper Table
Hello! I would suggest to have the students formulate some questions, hypothesis, and experiment with different materials. It would be a great activity to have student brainstorm ideas and have their own thoughts in how make the textbook stand on bunch of papers. I also tried this out with my col...

by Julie Lim > Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:09 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM and History lessons
Need ideas combining STEM and history lessons? Anne Jolly, STEM author and blogger at MiddleWeb.com, has a new blog that explores ways to integrate STEM into history. We are absolutely thrilled that she included our guest blog, “Using STEM as Your Time Machine for History”, in her article!  ...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:24 PM

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Building Bridges
Hey Audrie, I looked up another activity that you could do with kindergarteners. This activity involves blocks, card stock paper, and marbles. All they are required to do is test out different styles and designs of bridges and see which ones work best. The students will need to create their own ...

by Zoe Fritz > Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Building Bridges
Hey Audrie, I looked up another activity that you could do with kindergarteners. This activity involves blocks, card stock paper, and marbles. All they are required to do is test out different styles and designs of bridges and see which ones work best. The students will need to create their own ...

by Zoe Fritz > Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:14 PM

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Elementary Science
engineering Lesson 3rd Grade
Hi, I am a preservice teacher currently interning in a 3rd grade classroom. I am going to be teaching an engineering lesson next week where the students will be designing and building insulated water bottle sleeves. Has anyone ever done something like this before in your own classroom? I would appre...

by Olivia Hartig > Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Changes in Matter
I am a pre-service teacher getting ready to teach an engineering lesson to Second Graders. They will be conducting experiments regarding a physical change and a chemical change. The goal is to change the misconception that "Boiling and evaporation is irreversible". I will show that some changes ar...

by Angela Coleman > Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:12 PM

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Elementary Science
The Different Phases of the Moon
Nancy   Here’s a couple URLs that may be of assistance, including the specific misconception you are inquiring about below. There is rich literature about dealing with misconceptions, and many now are using the term “pre-conceptions” versus misconception, with the thinking that student...

by Al Byers > Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:53 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Tin Foil Boats
I am a pre-service teacher soon to teach an engineering lesson to a first grade class. The class will be designing and testing tin foil boats to hold has many pennies as possible before sinking. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this more successful?

by Aubree Smith > Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:59 PM

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Elementary Science
Building Bridges
I am a pre-service teacher getting ready to teach an engineering lesson to Kindergarteners. They will be designing and building bridges out of popsicle sticks. Does anyone have any advice on how to make this lesson successful? 

by Audrie Luegring > Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:06 PM

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Elementary Science
Hollow Tower- Kindergarten
Will the tower be freestanding? I am wondering what materials you will give to the students. Will they work in pairs/groups? What happens if the towers don't work? Will the students have an opportunity to talk about and go back and revise their tower. A resource I find helpful when thinking...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:53 AM

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Elementary Science
engineering a Paper Table
Hi! I am a preservice teacher placed in a 5th grade classroom. We will be designing a paper table to hold their science textbook. Does anyone have ideas or advice you would like to give me? (I am introducing the idea of truss). Thanks!

by Christa Wiegand > Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:04 AM

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Elementary Science
Hollow Tower- Kindergarten
I am a pre- service teacher preparing a kindergarten engineering lesson. The goal of this lesson is to have students plan and build a hollow tower tall enough and strong enough to allow one of their class mascots to see into a tub. Does anyone have any advice on how to make this a successful lesson?...

by Megan Burggrave > Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:01 AM

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Elementary Science
engineering for Kindergarten
Hi Alex, I've done a similar project with house building with 3rd grade. They chose from a variety of materials instead, but we did test the buildings using a fan. I've also taught kindergarten and although I've never done this particular lesson with them, I'd just note that any time you do an engi...

by Sarah Benton > Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:35 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Engineerin units for Kindergarten
Hi Taylor, I found a book that might be used to introduce kindergarten students to engineering . It comes from the Science for All . The book is Monkey with a Toolkit and the Noisy Problem . I am also including an attachment to the teacher guide developed by Kirk Robbin. I hope this is helpfu...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:21 PM

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New Teachers
engineering for Kindergarten
Hello! I am doing an engineering project with a kindergarten class. We will be reading the story of The Three Little Pigs and they will be building a "house" for their pigs out of toothpicks and gumdrop candy. They will also be testing their houses against the "wolf" which will be done using a hair ...

by Alexandria Cupery > Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:31 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Engineerin units for Kindergarten
Hi Taylor, Kindergartners are natural builders and designers, so many of the things they do for play are also engineering projects. I love doing marble runs with this age. Here is an example (except that I only give the kids the pipe insulation and tape to work with in class.) http://frugalfun4boy...

by Sarah Benton > Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:57 AM

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New Teachers
Engineerin units for Kindergarten
Hi! I was hoping to get some advice on how to incorporate engineering into my field experience with kindergarteners. I know they would enjoy themselves but I am struggling with a good idea and motivating purpose for support. Thanks for any ideas offered!

by Taylor Barnhouse > Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:02 PM

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New Teachers
Technical Writing: Crafting Technical Comparisons
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Crafting Technical Comparisons Crafting explanatory comparisons is one CCSS nonfiction literacy goal that also provides a valuable life skill.  As always, to master this...

by T. R. Girill > Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:35 AM

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STEM
opportunity to do live Q&A with researcher while she's in Antarctica
Follow a Researcher TM is an innovative University of Maine 4-H program that connects youth with a graduate student while the graduate student is conducting field research in a remote location.  This fall, we travel to Antarctica with Lynn Kaluzienski to use physics and geology t...

by Laura Wilson > Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:23 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
It's important for girls to have role models. Check with your local university in the engineering department. There are groups of women engineers that want to visit schools and show students what their career is all about and it is targeted at getting girls to choose science and math career paths. H...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:23 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I think one thing parents can do is change their own mindsets about girls in science and that needs to happen when children are very young and continue. Parents might rethink what we provide for girls to play with as toddlers and children in the early grades. One other thing parents can do is find a...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:40 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM and STEAM support group
Hi Sara- I liked teaching about thermal energy transfer by having students design and build solar ovens. You can read about it in my blog post here: http://www.shareitscience.com/2016/07/solar-oven-STEM-engine...lenge.html Also, here are some links to some energy transfer activities: https:/...

by Sarah Benton > Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:42 AM

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STEM
Playground Science
A fantastic blog has just been uploaded on the  STEM Activities for Kids website. Great ideas for integrating science and playground activities as well as a wonderful giveaway drawing for Andrea Beaty's latest book Ada Twist, Scientist and a signed print!  http://stemactivitiesforkids.com/2016/09/...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:59 AM

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Elementary Science
Playground STEM Ideas
A fantastic blog has just been uploaded on the  STEM Activities for Kids website. Great ideas for integrating science and playground activities as well as a wonderful giveaway drawing for Andrea Beaty's latest book Ada Twist, Scientist and a signed print!  http://stemactivitiesforkids.com/2016/09/...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:58 AM

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Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 8 and 9
Creating a Supportive Context for Teacher Learning Thank you for the thought-provoking questions, Brian. 1.a.) While all of the constraints on teacher learning described in chapter 8 are important to consider, the issue of lack of time was the most challenging for me as a middle school science tea...

by Elizabeth Orlandi > Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:13 PM

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Professional Development
MakerSpaces
Look for the asterisks (*) in the NGSS. These are all the required engineering designs. I have co-opted the entire Maker Movement into our curriculum, but making the designs very open ended and without one specific answer. It all comes down to iteration. Even after students complete a build, the...

by Eric Cromwell > Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:45 PM

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Elementary Science
MakerSpaces
Look for the asterisks (*) in the NGSS. These are all the required engineering designs. I have co-opted the entire Maker Movement into our curriculum, but making the designs very open ended and without one specific answer. It all comes down to iteration. Even after students complete a build, the...

by Eric Cromwell > Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:45 PM

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Elementary Science
MakerSpaces
Hi Laura, We have created Maker Spaces in our classrooms and library. A few months back we were asked to write a guest blog on Maker Spaces for Angela Watson's Cornerstone site . In our guest blog we shared lots of ideas and resources for setting up a Maker Space. http://thecornerstoneforteachers...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:49 AM

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Elementary Science
Differentiating Science Instruction
Hi Deb, I will go ahead and jump in here. The struggle is real! I have been teaching for the last 5 years with very diverse classes of students (ELL's and Special Ed cohorts). It is hard but doable. A few strategies that I have found that were most helpful for helping my students accessing readi...

by Amanda Wolfe > Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:57 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Patti and Lynda have both raised excellent points about the idea of practices not being synonymous with hands on activity. In thinking about this further, I was drawn to page 60 and the reference to Corcoran and Gerry which asserts there is an American tendency to teach science through activity wit...

by Kenneth Huff > Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:07 AM

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Professional Development
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Patricia, I was drawn to the same statement about science practices not being synonymous with “hands on” activities. Unfortunately some think doing activities is doing science but that is only part of it. We need to provide time for students to think through ideas and come up with explanations a...

by Lynda Sanders > Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:53 AM

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Professional Development
DNA
I just ran across this, I haven't had a chance to check it all out, but it looks engaging! [table][tr][td] Fingerprinting Elephants [/td] [/tr] [tr][td][/td] [/tr] [tr][td][/td] [/tr] [tr][td] Students play detective in our new interactive . By using DNA fingerprinting to solve two ...

by Sharla Dowding, NBCT > Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:53 PM

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Life Science
Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation: Win a Free Giant Destination Mars Map for your School!
About ShareSpace ShareSpace's Giant Destination Mars Map TM  -- a colorful 25' x 25' vinyl floor map detailing the topography of Mars and rover landing sites -- is an exciting, interactive educational tool that promotes active learning. Suited perfectly for later-elementary-aged stude...

by Linn LeBlanc > Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:49 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation: Win a Free Giant Destination Mars Map for your School!
About ShareSpace ShareSpace's Giant Destination Mars Map TM  -- a colorful 25' x 25' vinyl floor map detailing the topography of Mars and rover landing sites -- is an exciting, interactive educational tool that promotes active learning. Suited perfectly for later-elementary-aged stude...

by Linn LeBlanc > Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:48 PM

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Elementary Science
Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation: Win a free Giant Destination Mars Map for your school!
About ShareSpace ShareSpace's Giant Destination Mars Map TM  -- a colorful 25' x 25' vinyl floor map detailing the topography of Mars and rover landing sites -- is an exciting, interactive educational tool that promotes active learning. Suited perfectly for later-elementary-aged stu...

by Linn LeBlanc > Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:45 PM

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STEM
Hamilton and Physics!
Love the musical "Hamilton"? Love and teach Physics? Have we got a cool youtube video for you! Don't teach physics? You'll still like this we think (share with your friends who do teach it ok?)  [color=#1d2129][size=2][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZX...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:54 PM

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Physical Science
Hamilton and Physics!
Love the musical "Hamilton"? Love and teach Physics? Have we got a cool youtube video for you! Don't teach physics? You'll still like this we think (share with your friends who do teach it ok?)  [color=#1d2129][size=2][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZX...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:54 PM

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Physical Science
Zika Virus and Infectious Diseases
I really like this idea as it is definitely relevant and will be meaningful for students. I loved the engineering idea as part of this work also. I'm wondering what grade level are we talking about? Are you in a #NGSS adopted state? Which standard will this be meeting? I would love to flesh this ou...

by Kathleen Renfrew > Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:32 AM

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Life Science
Zika Virus and Infectious Diseases
The newest Zika outbreak in Miami, Florida offers a unique opportunity to study the spread of an infectious disease in the United States. Students could integrate an engineering component to this by designing a method to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. Similar to the Ebola outbreak a few years ag...

by Shalen Boyer > Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:42 PM

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Life Science
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
Following Eric's model, I'll begin by posting my own reflections on the questions. When I think of something that affirms my own beliefs, I am drawn to the statement, "science practices are not synonymous simply with "hands-on" activities" (p. 38). As Banilower et al. (2013) found, about 60% of ...

by Patricia Paulson > Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:34 PM

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Professional Development
INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Hi everyone! I'm Robert Payo, Teacher Programs Coordinator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. I have worked in teacher professional development for several years. I've been meaning to read this book to help further my understanding of best practices and to keep up with current thinking, s...

by Robert Payo > Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:21 PM

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Professional Development
INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
I apologize for my late entry into the discussion of the book, Science Teachers' Learning.  During the past two weeks, I have been traveling with students on two separate school trips (Camp Snowball, Sacramento, CA, and the Clean Tech Challenge 2016 on Fathom Cruises to the Dominican Republic).  As ...

by Brian Terry > Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:28 PM

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Professional Development
Science Teaching Video Exemplars
Hi Ms. Wolfe, Thank you so much for your response. I will definitely check out these resources. Looking at videos aligned to NGSS will be a great start, as I am working to help coaches and teachers identify the science and engineering practices within a lesson. Thank you again for sharing.

by LaToya Pugh > Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:15 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Teaching Video Exemplars
Hello All! I am looking for science teaching exemplar videos.  Actual videos of teachers teachings so that a group of teachers can watch the video and have a discussion about best practices viewed, culture of the classroom, student discourse and more.  I know that there are a few resourc...

by LaToya Pugh > Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Thank you, Eric, for helping to guide our discussion of Science Teacher's Learning. I am a former research scientist who made the transition to the classroom several years ago. I am currently a member of the NSTA's Middle Level Science Teaching Committee. I have been asked to create PD opportunit...

by Elizabeth Orlandi > Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:06 AM

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Professional Development
INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
I'm looking forward to this discussion as well; thank you Eric for facilitating it! After a long career as a science teacher, as a district science curriculum coordinator, and now as a professor of science education, I have been a part of the continuous road that focuses on the importance of do...

by Patricia Paulson > Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:40 PM

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Professional Development