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Looking for Middle School Teachers to Participate in Robotics Project funded by NSF
Are you searching for computational thinking tools for your 6th, 7th or 8th grade STEM program? The Designing Bio Robots project, a curriculum collaboration between the Center for engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University and  TERC in Cambridge, MA, is funded by the National Scie...

by Michael Cassidy > Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:54 AM

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Research in Science Education
STEAM Lessons
We all know the direct relationship between STEAM and Science.  Through project-based learning and problem-based assignments, students are given the ability to apply science concepts to the real world, fostering an incredible relationship and purpose to their science education.  Our school has rece...

by Rachel Virginio > Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:28 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
CO Adopts NGSS...Now What?!
I would look at Amplify Science . Their materials have been vetted by teachers invovled in writing NGSS and are well-written. They will provide PD as well. They have worked with Lawrence Hall of Science to provide authentic science and engineering lessons and activities.  Let's hope that the Co...

by Bev Bev DeVore-Wedding > Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:13 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
ELL STUDENTS AND NGSS
Hi Thora!  My name is Grace Nielsen. I am an undergraduate student studying Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education, at the University of Nothern Iowa. Though I am not an expert, I have spent a lot of time studying teaching practices that help make learning assessible to all stud...

by Grace Nielsen > Tue May 01, 2018 4:32 PM

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General Science and Teaching
3 Dimensional Learning
The concept of 3 dimensional learning as it applies to the NSTA site and the Next Generation Standards seems a bit interesting. With the new way to teach science with the involvement of these three topics, the NSTA should have included a more detail specific explanation of what the 3 dimensions are...

by Nadirah McCray > Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:46 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Redefine Success
Well Katarina, you've hit the conundrum of teachers worldwide. Here is my two cents. The classroom must be student-centered. If your focus is supporting learning, you will find the balance. Grades are simply a communication device for adults to understand how learning is progressing. The questio...

by Sydney Schuler > Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:14 AM

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STEM
Science in Kindergarten: What Does It Look like, Sounds like?
Today actually, I taught my first science engineering lesson to 15 third graders over hurricanes/natural disasters! This was connected to NGSS. However, I think that you could modify this to help kindergartners understand natural disasters as well! I have attached my lesson plan for it! The students...

by Brianna Marvin > Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Integration
Hi Carrie, We did a guest blog about integrating STEM and History that might be helpful for you. https://educationtothecore.com/2015/10/using-stem-as-your-time-machine-for-history/ Wendy Goldfein GetCaughtengineering.com

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:22 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Bianca! I think that it is great that you have been able to actively explore and implement Science, Technology, engineering and Math (STEM) into your classroom. Unfortunately, in my current student teaching classroom, STEM gets pushed to the side when it is not Math. I think that maximizing thei...

by Alexis Lara > Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics. I believe that these are important to implement in ECE because these are the core subjects that drive our future engineers, doctors, programmers, astronauts, and so on. Getting children excited and engaged in these subjects at an ea...

by Fatima Babar > Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:11 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hey Leslie, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I think that based on the objectives, stem activities must change with the flow of the classroom. This is good because children need a lot of transitioning. Having STEM activities means that your lessons are fun, hands on, an...

by Angelica Munoz > Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:42 PM

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STEM
Growing Excitement for Science
Hi Chanel! I am a pre-service teacher studying Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa. I have the opportunity to teach a few lessons on science in classrooms that students really have an interest in. One of the lessons that I had the opportunity to teach is a ramps and pathways l...

by Megan Lensing > Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:07 PM

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New Teachers
STEM in my classroom
From what I am aware about STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, Math), it can be implemented by making small, yet thoughtful, adjustments to a lesson. The language that a teacher uses can be useful when planning how to incorporate STEM in a classroom. For example, adding words such as Model, Desi...

by Aleena Naqvi > Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:20 PM

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STEM
STEM in my classroom
I was first introduced to STEM Fall 2017, while student teaching in a first grade classroom. I was not fully aware of what students were supposed to be doing during this time, but I could see that they really enjoyed it.  I learned that STEM stood for Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathema...

by Melissa Deleon > Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:14 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, I like to think of STEM as inquiry-based learning but with science, technology, engineering or math integration. There are specific standards that must be met, but there are so many resources that one can use. I personally love to go on Pinterest, there are so many ideas that can be us...

by Idania Caceres > Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:13 PM

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STEM
Learning how to use this forum
I just read one of the resources you sent about integrating engineering into the classroom. I think it's great because it is a great way to get students to think about where things come from and how they are invented, and it also created a motivation in those students to create their own recipe. Stu...

by Bianca Balderas > Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:26 PM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hello Leslie, A way you can incorporate STEM into the classroom is by at least having the students do an activity one a month. This activity should relate to topics and concepts taught during that month. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. You can find great S...

by Gisselle Medal > Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:13 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie! I am currently student teaching in a second grade classroom. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. How I would implement STEM in my future classroom/lesson plan is by having the students create vlogs with the technology devices to document what the have learne...

by Carolina Olvera > Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:11 PM

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STEM
Cells can't be boring!!
Having the students Engage will be the most important part of the lesson. Cells is not an exciting topic to teach, but with great activities and a lot of hands on the topic will get the students engage at all times. I think science is a great subject because a lot of hands on activities can get any ...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:47 PM

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Life Science
Disruptive Student Behavior
Hi Pamela. I have one semester left before I graduate and become an elementary teacher as well. I found your post inspiring. The students that are on target are the ones that deserve the attention. I have discovered this semester, in my student teacher practices, that the students that behave badly...

by Anna Snowden > Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:32 PM

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New Teachers
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
All, STEM as said by all of you but will repeat is a curriculum based-approach on educating students in the 4 disciplines of Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is designed so all 4 disciplines are taught cohesively and not to be separated. Currently I am in an elementary scho...

by Hussein Pacha > Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:53 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
STEM is a major topic in the field of education. Implementing science, technology, engineering and mathematics together, in an interdisciplinary fashion, is a revolutionary concept. I think it's great that you are attempting to implement this at such an early age. Research has shown that it is extre...

by Ryan Crim > Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:38 PM

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STEM
STEAM Teaching Position
A full time position is available for a highly motivated individual to join the STEAM Studio team at Next Generation School.  We are seeking applicants who have an enthusiasm for planning and teaching Science, Technology, engineering, Art and Math in an educational enrichment program.  STEAM Stu...

by Angela Nelson > Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:34 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, STEM which stands for Science, Technology, engineering and Math can be implemented in many ways in your classroom. I am studying to be an elementary teacher as well, and in the classroom I observed last semester, which was first grade, the cooperating teacher used STEM bins. These bins...

by Megan Bradburn > Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:19 PM

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STEM
STEM in my future classroom
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesiv...

by Griselda Cazares > Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:33 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Leslie, STEM is a widely talked about topic in education right now. It's an approach to teaching and learning that centers around individual students' learning styles and interests. STEM, which stand for Science, Technology, engineering, and Math, connects subjects and relates them to each other...

by Nicolette Hale > Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:27 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, Currently, I am student teaching 4th grade math. I believe that STEM, which stands for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, is extremely important to focus on in the classroom. Technology, research, medical fields, and engineering fields, just to name a few are growing at...

by Anna Snowden > Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:19 PM

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STEM
STEM and Fairy Tales
I agree with the above post. This concept is such a great way to get girls involved in STEM and to help them acquire and develop a love for science. I really love how you even added different fairy tales as well as possible engineering projects to connect with them. I had never really thought about...

by Karina Gonzalez > Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:13 AM

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STEM
Help with a Solar Powered Boat Project for my Students
Hello, I am in my first year of running the engineering Design class at my school, and I have been basing it mainly on Project Based Learning. For our last project of the year, I had my students vote on a project that they wanted to do, and the winning project was a solar powered boat. I have dec...

by Kyle Yost > Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:15 PM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, I am also studying to be an Elementary School teacher! I think that with Kindergarten the two major aspects of STEM that can be easily implemented would be both technology, and engineering. engineering can be incorporated into many activities at that level due to their natural desire to...

by Glory Scollon > Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:07 PM

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STEM
Technical Writing: Writing Nonfiction Simultaneously
[Want more background on technical writing in science class? See http://www.ebstc.org/TechLit/handbook/handbooktoc.html Want to help students see their writing as another case of engineering design--as "text engineering"? See http://www.ebstc.org/TechLit/handbook/text.engineering.html ]

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:54 AM

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STEM
What is STEM and how can you implement it in the classroom?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics. It is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in these four disciplines in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Some ways I can implement STEM in my classroom is by allowing students to use iPad's or computers for ...

by Danielle Cavazos > Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:03 PM

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STEM
New Student Teacher
Natashia, I am a pre-service teacher and have experienced and heard a lot about the limited time science is getting in schools. This can be heart breaking for a teacher who thinks that science is so important, and for students who would love to learn how things work and experiment. However, you c...

by Kennedy Carber > Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:30 PM

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New Teachers
GT Projects
This is something different and so much engagement. Not only do students create the information, illustrations, and sequencing the presentation, they must also build the Kamishibai! That's using science and engineering, creating and presenting for an audience, and so much more. This was done by some...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:54 PM

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Elementary Science
REAL Science Challenge as a way to build a strong science community.
We are wrapping up our second year for the REAL Science Challenge contest. This past year, we continued developing passages and questions that test students' abilities to apply their science practices (ie. analysis, graph interpretation, drawing conclusions) and we learned quite a bit from our parti...

by Kent Lui > Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:27 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Student Teacher
Hello Almira, I'm not exactly sure why STEM stopped with the 4 letters - or 5 if you go to STEAM. I think that it's better for students to see how everything links up and that all the subjects have importance in our lives. As for STEM/STEAM activities for use in Social Studies or ELA: Almost any...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:21 PM

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New Teachers
Science Resources
We use engineering is Elementary through the Boston Museum of Science. However, in order to cover all of the areas of science we use resources from NSTA.

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:32 PM

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Research in Science Education
K-16 Summer PD STEM Expedition to Panama with NSTA Past President, Page Keeley
[color=#575655][size=2][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif]Fellow STEM Educators and NSTA Members,[/font][/size][/color] [color=#575655][size=2][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif]You are invited to join me and my co-leader Joyce Tugel along with ot...

by Page Keeley > Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:28 PM

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Professional Learning
K-16 Summer STEM Expedition to Panama with NSTA Past President, Page Keeley
Fellow STEM Educators and NSTA Members, You are invited to join me and my co-leader Joyce Tugel along with other NSTA members for another exciting summer STEM Expedition for K-16 teachers, STEM and science specialists, university faculty, and anyone interested in STEM and science education! Last ye...

by Page Keeley > Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:25 PM

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STEM
Integrating Science
Henry, that's a great question! Why can't we use trade books that give us some type of phenomenon that students have to solve? I honestly don't see how we can separate math from science. When we study pollution or the effects of humans on environments, such as the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico,...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:22 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Henry, Yes, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and aims to close the gaps seen in these subjects. These four subjects are missing in many classrooms in schools all around. It's sad to see and hear that many teachers only have a textbook to teach these subjects a...

by Nayeli Salas > Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:13 PM

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STEM
Learning Science Concepts through Play
I am a preservice teacher at the University of Northern Iowa. In my class, we are talking about early childhood learning, which happens to be the lower elementary ages kindergarten - 3rd grade. In my class, we have talked a lot about the fact that play based learning is very important in a child's c...

by Keela Uhlenkamp > Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:47 PM

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Early Childhood
How to encourage inquiry based learning
A. Inquiry teaching is difficult, especially at first. It takes time and courage to help students construct their own meaning rather than to just give them the answer. Some of the most vocally opposed students (and their parents) will be your best students because they have gotten very good at the...

by Richard Lahti > Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:43 AM

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Elementary Science
GE Foundation K-12 STEM Intergration Conference
Dear Educators,   It is a pleasure to invite you to for the GE Foundation’s 9 th K-12 STEM Integration Conference in Cocoa Beach , Florida on July 15-20, 2018.  This year the conference is focused on K-12 and is designed to explore effective practices in STEM education to assist educa...

by Wendy Binder > Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:01 AM

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Physical Science
GE Foundation K-12 STEM Intergration Conference
Dear Educators ,   It is a pleasure to invite you to for the GE Foundation’s 9 th K-12 STEM Integration Conference in Cocoa Beach , Florida on July 15-20, 2018.  This year the conference is focused on K-12 and is designed to explore effective practices in STEM education to assist educa...

by Wendy Binder > Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:01 AM

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General Science and Teaching
GE Foundation K-12 STEM Intergration Conference
Dear Educators,   It is a pleasure to invite you to for the GE Foundation’s 9 th K-12 STEM Integration Conference in Cocoa Beach , Florida on July 15-20, 2018.  This year the conference is focused on K-12 and is designed to explore effective practices in STEM education to assist educa...

by Wendy Binder > Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:00 AM

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Elementary Science
Technical Writing: Scientific Readability and Academic English
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Scientific Readability and Academic English The Study In 2017 a team of neuroscientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institute analyzed 709,577 article abstracts from papers ...

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:26 AM

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STEM
Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Ruth, I never did quite answer your question about helping students recognize and evaluate the various aspects of inquiry in investigations. On e good resource is a book titled Students and Research (you can find the fourth edition on Amazon. [url=https://www.amazon.com/Students-Research-Strateg...

by Lederman Norman > Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:48 PM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM programs
Hi! I am in my first semester student teaching and I am beginning to learn all about STEM. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific content areas, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Rather than teaching these areas separately, STEM integrates the...

by Natashia Silva > Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:33 AM

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STEM
STEM programs
Hello! I love the idea of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) and implementing in classrooms. I think it is important for every grade to use STEM in their classes. I am in a fifth grade reading and writing class and even though we are not in science, they still use this in their classr...

by Samantha Evans > Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:00 PM

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STEM
2018 K-12 STEM Intergation Conference
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by Wendy Binder > Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:05 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
2018 K-12 STEM Intergation Conference
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by Wendy Binder > Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:04 PM

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STEM
2018 K-12 STEM Intergation Conference
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by Wendy Binder > Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:03 PM

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Professional Learning
Looking for Physics Resources/Materials-Electromagnetism
Hello there, I highly recommend on top of PhET that you look at http://www.physicsclassroom.com/ for tutorials, worksheets, simple simulations. You may want to also look at some engineering sites like: http://tryengineering.org I've attached a file with STEM links mostly geared toward middle s...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:21 PM

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Physical Science
Looking for Physics Resources/Materials-Electromagnetism
I will second Rebecca’s suggested article! Teaching Electricity and engineering With LEDs Using colorful light-emitting diodes to engage students in the study of electric circuits. http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst14_081_02_27 “Electrica...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:46 AM

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Physical Science
STEM in an Elementary Classroom
STEM is the integration of S(Science), T(Technology), E (engineering), and M(Math) into the classroom. Like you said, math is really easy to integrate because it can simply be about buying materials or tracking a budget. technology can be implemented through the use of ipads, recording findings, mak...

by Melina Gaggero > Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:51 AM

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STEM
STEM in an Elementary Classroom
EiE engineering is elementary has free lessons. https://www.eie.org/eie-curriculum/curriculum-units https://www.eie.org/eie-curriculum Just sign up to get access to free downloads, teachers' edition and student workbook. You can purchase their kits online or look at the supply kit and ask parent...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:01 AM

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STEM
Changes in the Ecosystem
Almira, I love 5th graders! I know it is challenging at times too. Are you talking about changes in a specific ecosystem like coral reefs? I'm not sure exactly what you need but I know you can find an abundance of information and lessons on that topic(and many others) by using the Explore All Resour...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:06 AM

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Life Science
STEM in an Elementary Classroom
Hello Matthew, STEM can be very simple things and not time-consuming. The idea is to integrate some science, math, tech and engineering. There also doesn't need to be equal amounts of all 4! Math can be simply be measuring and/or buying materials and keeping track of a budget. STEM can also be ...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:26 PM

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STEM
STEM in an Elementary Classroom
STEM is the incorporation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In an elementary classroom it can be difficult to integrate all four of these things. These concepts are based on real-world applications. I know what has worked in my class is that my student’s love doing interactive ...

by Shirin Nayani > Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:19 PM

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STEM
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 > Sun Feb 18, 2018 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 Learning
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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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"??
[size=3][font=Trebuchet MS]Beth and everyone,[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Trebuchet MS]You might also post this question on the STEM, earlychildhood and elementary [url=http://www.nsta.org/membership/listserver.aspx]email lists/listservs run by NSTA[/url]. You will add to the conversation and reach...

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

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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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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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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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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 engineeri...

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

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Early Childhood
STEM
[color=#575655][size=2][font="Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif]I'm sharing a message I posted elsewhere in this forum. [/font][/size][/color] [color=#575655][size=2][font="Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Roboto, Arial, sans-serif]NSTA has recently published two related books by the...

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

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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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