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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
Fossils & engineering?
I watched a NOVA special about the Ice Man mummy and wondered if you could design a project around how a mummy is created? Also the 3-D printer version of the mummy would be of interest for design and engineering. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/iceman-reborn.html More on 'bog pe...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:21 PM

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Earth and Space Science
New Teachers
Hi! I am currently a student taking a class related to how to teach science and I have to say all these responses are making me feel more comfortable around the classroom. I attended a private school where science was mostly taught through textbooks and worksheets so I never really experienced any ...

by Briana Sanchez > Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Looking for a condensed explanation of NGSS
New NSTA/Oregon STA member here. I have a question for the professional community. I have 7 years of teaching experience and am currently searching for a teaching position. However, I have not been a classroom teacher since 2012, and it's working against me, especially regarding current standard...

by Nick Kidwell > Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:25 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting girls involved in Science
I use to work at a a toy store that sold learning based toys. One thing I always saw fly off the shelves was a stem based toy called Goldie Blox. I never knew what it was until I read the back of the box one day. The girls can make different things out of these blocks. They can make slides, spinning...

by Jacqueline Wilkey > Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:11 PM

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Elementary Science
Help needed to align units to NGSS
With the emphasis on cross cutting principles and science practices in NGSS I think it would be fairly doable to align the units to NGSS. Can you give me some idea of what the current units are meeting in terms of standards?

by Patrick Bond > Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:17 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Work Regulations For International Students And Graduates In Canada
Canada is the land of opportunities that has been offering favorable options for students and employees from all across the world. Their immigration industry is beaming as tons of employees are being allowed to work in the land almost every day. Moreover, they have some of the most prestigious and r...

by Lita Stephan > Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:03 AM

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Professional Development
Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/engineering Practice
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Writing as a Science/engineering Practice The Practice Perspective The Next Generation Science Standards (www.nextgenscience.org), as reflected for engineering in several...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:09 AM

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STEM
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Model science practices, and have students work more like real-life scientists - asking questions, doing experiments, comparing notes, and refining & reporting results.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:53 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Provide more interactive learning opportunities: modeling, explanations, argumentation, and engineering practices.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:52 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Let’s Integrate: Middle School Edition Description: Using engineering to drive the science. Learn how middle school science teachers in Palm Springs USD have been tackling the CA preferred integrate model and are using engineering in the classroom. Presenters: Philip Hudec ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
engineering Design at Melrose Description: Find out how to run a school-wide Cardboard Challenge and use the engineering Design process. Learn how we've evolved our process through the past few years. And learn about how we integrate engineering in the classroom. Presenters:...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:52 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
"Let us Grow" Description: Collaboration with the University of Hawaii , math, science, engineering, and tech using hydroponics - having 5th grade students teach younger students how to grow bucket greens using the Kratky method. Presenters: Debbie Cheever-Follett and Fio...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Prepare, Care, Share: Act Like and Engineer Description: Helping Elementary Teachers gain confidence in trying engineering. Grant opportunities will also be explored. Presenter: Camie Walker Organizations/Schools: Murdy Elementary Garden Grove, CA CTA Institute Fo...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:51 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
NGSS in Secondary Schools - integrating topics and teaching techniques Description: NGSS integrated teaching models (middle school and high school 3-course) enable the use of key phenomena to anchor instruction. We look at ways to do this and how to support collaborative science pra...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:40 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Elementary: Explorations on Other Planets Description: An adaptation from the Design Squad to discover energy fields through engineering design, utilizing scaffolding, charting, and note booking to build a magnetometer. Presenters: Elida Abramyan and Margaret Stewart ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:39 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
NSTA Press Books: Powerful practices Series Description: Children want to explore, dig, build, play, and wonder. How does a teacher build and maintain a learning environment that will help students investigate meaningful questions? How does a teacher plan and manage ongoing investiga...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:38 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Inspiration Through Innovation- Phenomena Matters Description: Inspiration and innovation in STEAM will drive the collaboration and inquiry of students to apply engineering, modeling, and problem solving practices in career and technical pathways. Presenters: Sean Kane/C...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:32 PM

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Professional Development
Rigor and Relevance Framework for Chem?
I am familiar if I recall correctly. Quad A is low rigor and low relevance or "acquisition." Quad D is high rigor/high relevance and is a significant jump from the other quads. One thing I like to keep in mind is a unit planner I saw in a NSTA book on formative assessment that had student lear...

by Juleen Whall > Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:38 AM

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Chemistry
STEM and Fairy Tales
An easy way to integrate STEM into any subject matter is to have students read a storybook and design a solution to a problem one of the characters in the story has faced. Students can read books that utilize the engineering component in STEM. One way to provide students with the opportunity to expl...

by Laura Respondek > Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:45 PM

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STEM
Success For All, Takes Us All
Can it also be easily taught to teachers, Greg? I am looking forward to learning more about the technology that so many kids are already so familiar with and that I am always trying to catch up with. Greg has generously offered to connect with a Santa Ana High School graduate who is now studying eng...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:24 AM

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Professional Development
Fossils & engineering?
Hi all, I am a new member and very excited to use all of these resources. I am a college student and I am currently working on a semester long project. The last part my partner and I have to do is to come up with an engineering and design challenge that has something to do with fossils. We were won...

by Caroline Clinton > Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:36 PM

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Earth and Space Science
3-Dimensional Formative Assessment
Going to NSTA in LA in a couple weeks? Joyce Tugel and I will be presenting a full day PLI on using the  Uncovering Student Ideas in Science  formative assessment probes and formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) to support 3-D formative assessment and learning.  http://bit.ly/2i349oU ...

by Page Keeley > Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:11 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
Going to NSTA in LA in a couple weeks? Joyce Tugel and I will be presenting a full day PLI on using the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science formative assessment probes and formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) to support 3-D formative assessment and learning. http://bit.ly/2i349oU ...

by Page Keeley > Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:06 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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
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
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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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STEM
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