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lesson suggestions for Elementary school students
In my first grade class they are curious about everything when it comes to science. If it's hands-on, the better! They thoroughly enjoyed learning about magnets because of all of the different types of magnets they got to explore. They enjoyed learning about the different states of matter through th...

by Chenda Chab > Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:16 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Incorporating SEPs into the Science Classroom
For those of you who are trying to incorporate the NGSS or some version of them in your classroom, what techniques are you using to differentiate instruction?  I have worked with a few classes on SEP 3 - Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and they have struggled, but were mostly successful.  I...

by Julie Wistock > Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:18 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Kindergarten Centers
Hello, I am an elementary education student and a substitute teacher. I absolutely adore watching the little kids learn, and my favorite grade is actually kindergarten. There are so many things to do to engage your students, especially with science. I think having a lot of 3-D graphics in the classr...

by Katherine Chambers > Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:28 PM

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

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

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Physical Science
Unique Labs for forces and motion
When teaching the topics of forces and motion within the physical science classroom, are there any go to labs that are extremely impactful and memorable for students? I really want my students to experience this topic first hand since there is the capability to do so. I am on a block schedule and se...

by Alexandria Twichell > Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:55 PM

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Physical Science
The Water Cycle Lesson Plan
Hello! I had an assignment in one of my undergrad courses, Music for Children, in which we had to incorporate a song into a lesson. I chose to teach a lesson on the water cycle. During the precipitation stage of the water cycle the students would sing the song "Singin in the Rain". I'm sure you coul...

by Ya'nique Gordon > Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:37 PM

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Elementary Science
Hydrologic Cycle, Water Pollution, Pollution
I love the NYC DEP lesson! All that motion and movement will really help some students connect and remember the water cycle. I have my 5th graders pretend to be water molecules and stand together in a loose group when liquid, spread out and moving more when gas, and then link arms with another mol...

by Tracey Williams > Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:43 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Interaction with Force, Mass, and motion
Hi Elizabeth, Great question! I really like what everyone else has already posted on this thread, but wanted to add a few things as well. There is an Enhanced E-Book on Force and motion that may be helpful - check it out here: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9781941316627 Also, d...

by Megan Doty > Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:44 PM

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Physical Science
4th Grade Science
That stinks that there is no recess! There are tons of things to do outside...weather permitting. Matter: Students can collect materials from outside and classify, find the mass, volume, length, density, ect. Students can take items outside and explore the melting process. You can even challe...

by Destiny Huggins > Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:34 AM

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Elementary Science
Interaction with Force, Mass, and motion
Oh! I almost forgot the pHET simulations website. My student enjoy these simulations. There are a few on force and motion: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/physics

by Debbie Morgan > Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:39 AM

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Physical Science
Interaction with Force, Mass, and motion
Hi Elizabeth, How exciting! Way to be a great example to your students of a life-long learner. The NSTA SciPack on force and motion is a great place to start. It has great simulations to help you visualize the basic concepts. Here's the link to all the scipacks NSTA offers: http://www.nsta.org/pub...

by Debbie Morgan > Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:34 AM

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Physical Science
I think an inlined plane activity would address all three concepts: mass, force, and motion. The activity could be a conservation of momentum activity along with impulse. You can check Spongelab.com < http://spongelab.com/>.

by Huseyin Colak > Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:18 AM

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Physical Science
Interaction with Force, Mass, and motion
Hi! I want to do a unit on the relationship between force, mass, and motion, but I do not have a deep understanding of these concepts myself. Where can I go to get the foundational understanding that I need? Elizabeth

by Elizabeth Homans > Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:01 PM

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Physical Science
How to get your students engaged
I agree that teachers do need to take the initiative and find out what the students like. Knowing your students is the key to being able to provide the best learning environment that fits their needs. I am students teaching right now, and my mentor teacher shows emotion in everything she does. Full ...

by Darcey Bodziony > Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:48 PM

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New Teachers
Looking for a 3rd Grade STEM Lesson
I teach third grade and I do a lesson on force and motion creating puff mobiles! The students create a wind power car made out of straws, card stock, paper and mint lifesavors for the wheels. They have to create their sail so that it will move when they blow on it. We had to hot glue the straws on t...

by Brenda Velasco > Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:05 PM

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STEM
Force and motion Rocket Help
After state testing, my cooperating teacher and I have decided to loop back to force and motion and allow our students to make rockets. We are unsure at this point of what parameters we should give the students for building their rockets and what kind of power they can use. Our school has small moto...

by Rachael Bickel > Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:23 PM

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

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

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Elementary Science
Middle School Newtonian Laws Lesson Planning
Hi NSTA friends! I am creating a lesson plan for teaching Newton's 3 Laws for middle school students. Can anyone direct me to online interactive components so that I can incorporate technology into the lesson? It would be neat for students to get the chance to explore the concepts of inertia, motio...

by Diane Bendik > Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:35 PM

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

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

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Elementary Science
Friction and motion Unit
Kendyl, I've also been struggling of ways to incorporate STEM in my lesson plan. I found the best way to do this is to incorporate a type of hands-on experiment in which the students get to create a portion of their experiment. In regards to your topic of friction and motion I found this experime...

by Cintya Mejia > Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:16 PM

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Elementary Science
Friction and motion Unit
Hi Everyone, I have been working on a unit plan for a third grade classroom on the topic of friction and motion.  In lesson one the students are understanding what friction is, where friction is present in the world around them, and what are the causes and effects of friction.  Within the first p...

by Kendyl Todd > Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:47 PM

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

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

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STEM
In desperate need of conceptual physics curriculum/activites
Hi Joe, I can recommend a couple of resources that might get you started. As the year progresses, you can check back and let us know what you need. AAPT's The Physics Classroom has many resources that are available to physics teachers. There is an online textbook for students as well as te...

by Ruth Hutson > Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:43 PM

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Physical Science
motion simulations for students.
Take a look at "Physics Studio" - it is meant for 9/10 graders and includes motion (Other topics are waves, electricity, atomic physics, energy, states of matter, electromagnetism). Links are at http://www.mazalearn.com

by Sridhar Sundaram > Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:37 AM

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Physical Science
Science Projects
As a kid the gummy worms and candy used in class were so tempting. If anyone has done research about the "Marshmallow Test," it reveals the child's emotional intelligence. Strong emotional intelligence makes students become successful individuals. I don't think its a cruel thing to not allow them to...

by Diane Bendik > Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:03 PM

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Elementary Science
motion simulations for students.
Our physical science department is looking for good 2D motions simulation programs for students.  In the past, one of our fellow teachers used a program from Activ Physics from the old Netscape browser.  She claimed this was an amazing tool for students that is no longer available.  We looked at PHE...

by Michael Dudack > Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:51 AM

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Physical Science
Pre-Service Teacher Project
You might want to try force and motion lessons. They are very hands on. There are lots of lessons in the Learning Center to help you. Good luck.

by Betty Paulsell > Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:30 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Balanced and Unbalanced forces Lesson Ideas
Hello, I am in my third semester of student teaching in a 3rd-grade classroom. I will be planning and will teach two science lessons on balanced and unbalanced forces. I am looking for lessons that teachers have used in the classroom that have been successful and engaging for the students. Any...

by Josephine Sanchez > Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:46 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
When I taught kindergarten we did a bug exploration unit. This was a good spring project. We had lady bugs and talked about the life cycle and observed them. We also observed snails and compared the difference between a snail and a bug. I also did a lot of force and motion with magnets and of cou...

by Brenda Velasco > Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:40 PM

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

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

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Early Childhood
Science For Early Childhood
My class I had this past year was really big into cars so I thought force of motion would be a great science project to cover.  We defined what push and pull are by created a venn-diagram of push and pull objects (from our classroom) with 2 hoola hoops.  We also experimented with pushing and pulling...

by Jessica Philipp > Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:56 PM

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Early Childhood
Physics Textbooks
Although it's called a college textbook, check out the free OpenStax book https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics#resources It's algebra (not calculus) based and starts with the basics. Besides being free for both instructor and students, there are vari...

by Iris Lee > Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
FREE Force and motion Kit
I received this kit last year. I use it when teaching force and motion.

by Haley Johnston > Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:53 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
This is a great message. While it's perplexing that the gender gap still exist in science for girls - I think we may want to step back and look at it from more than just the US. As according to this article on girls in stem programs , the gender gap is also very pronounced in UK and India also. ...

by Rene Moss > Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:09 AM

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Elementary Science
Food Chains
NGSS 3rd - 5th grade states: LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms Animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals. Plants need water and light. Food provides animals with the materials and energy they need for body repair, growth, warmth, and motion. Plan...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue May 16, 2017 12:02 PM

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Elementary Science
kids think I hate them?!?!
I am currently Student Teaching at the elementary level with first grade students and I consider myself to be very warm and cognizant of their emotional needs because that is just my personal philosophy, I believe in the power of human connections. I feel that no significant learning can take place ...

by Anayeli Jaimes-Villegas > Sat May 06, 2017 8:21 PM

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New Teachers
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing  here .   http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf         Life Science Teasing apart the effects o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:17 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing  here .   http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf         Life Science Teasing apart the effects o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:17 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing  here .   http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf         Life Science Teasing apart the effects o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:16 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing  here .   http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf         Life Science Teasing apart the effects o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:15 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing  here .   http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf         Life Science Teasing apart the effects o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- May 5, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017May05.pdf       Life Science Teasing apart the effects of mutations on "fitness"   [size...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri May 05, 2017 5:07 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Hi there, Its ridiculous to know that in today classrooms, some school districts only allow the teachers to have 15 minutes in a day to teach a science lesson. Even though this is a sad phenomenon that these type of situation can occur daily in any types of classroom and in any types of subjects,...

by Michelle Nguyen > Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:07 PM

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Early Childhood
Planets
Having students learn about Pluto is fine, but I suggest that you NOT have them debate about whether it's a planet.  I say this for a few reasons: (1) It reinforces the misconception that Pluto's status is controversial in the scientific community.  It's not; there are not two sides to this to b...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:51 PM

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Earth and Space Science
kids think I hate them?!?!
Heather, I think that it can be common with teachers that are reserved. I remember working at a Boys & Girls Club and I was very reserved, and it was difficult to show emotion and that nurturing side of me. However, once I began to let loose and feel more comfortable the club members were all ab...

by Angela Ayala > Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:41 PM

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New Teachers
Newton's Cradle
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/newtons-cradle-high-speed-1/ https://www.dailymotion.com/.../x27xlxd_pendulum-wave-made-fr...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:57 PM

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Physical Science
Phenomena for Earth and Space Science
I'm not sure but maybe you could use the current lava flow happening in Hawaii. There are great videos and even videos of part of the newly made lava crust breaking off and crashing into the ocean. Talk about destructive and constructive forces!

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:57 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Kindergarten Science Lesson- Help!
I am teaching a science lesson in a Kindergarten classroom in a couple of weeks. I pulled a couple of the Arkansas Frameworks below and was wondering if there were any good lessons out there! PS2.A: forces and motion ? Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions. (K-PS2-1, K-PS2-...

by Caroline Bestard > Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:31 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:37 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:36 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:35 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:35 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Feb. 4, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Feb04.pdf     Life Science 195-million-year-old dinosaur protein found preserved   New ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:34 PM

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Earth and Space Science
3rd Grade Science Lesson--Help!
I saw your NSTA post about wanting to teach about the planets in the solar system. Have you tried NASA's free software download, "Eyes on the Solar System"? http://eyes.nasa.gov Eyes on the Solar System shows all of the NASA spacecraft in context in the solar system, anytime between 1950 ...

by Rachel Zimmerman Brachman > Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:48 PM

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Elementary Science
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
We actually have redesigned our Physical Science course around a car building project, with multiple redesigns. Here are the links to the assignments: This is the first assignment we did with it, just using one car during Newton's Laws of motion: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18cBjdcLtEMJ...

by Lee Graves > Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:45 AM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:33 AM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:33 AM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:32 AM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:32 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:32 AM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:31 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Current Events in Science -- Jan. 28, 2017
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2017Jan28.pdf     Life Science Parasite wasp escapes by tunneling through its host's head   ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:30 AM

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Chemistry
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
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
Christmas Eve Science Magic
https://www.facebook.com/pamela.lee.9256/videos/10208347877122978/ One of my little nephews is in 4th grade and he loves science. If the video link doesn't work, I'll describe it here. We did the egg drop experiment. I found a mason jar, filled it half way with water, put a paper plate on top, th...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:28 AM

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Informal Science
First Day of School Science Activities
I absolutely LOVE this activity! Not only is this a much better ice breaker than "Three truths and a lie," but it also fosters immediate collaboration amongst your students! Another fun spin-off of this activity would be for them to use this later in the year with content. Students could be provid...

by Danielle Cadenhead > Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:25 PM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science Activities
My favorite first day of school science activity is a paper airplane contest. Separate the class into groups of 2-4 and give every group one piece of copy paper. The students are supposed to work together to make the paper airplane that will go the furthest. Although this activity relates directly w...

by Summer Robinson > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:15 PM

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Life Science
kids think I hate them?!?!
It definitely happens! Kids at that age are still learning those coping skills and self-regulation skills for their emotions so it is hard for them to really decider what is going on in their heads! Best advice is assure them that you do not hate them, in fact its the opposite; you care for their we...

by Caitlyn Baeza > Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:57 PM

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New Teachers
Engagement for the lesson
One way that teachers can get their students to engage in a science lesson is by having them be physically involved during the lesson. For example, during a lesson about force and motion, the teacher could have the students come up with a way to get an object moving. During this time the teacher w...

by Tim Kelly > Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:40 PM

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Early Childhood
Developmental Level and Inquiry
Cara, I'm in a similar situation as you. I focus on 4th but work with 3rd and 5th. Each week I am at a different school. I rotate through 4 schools. On Mondays I am intently going teacher to teacher to find out what they are working on in science. (They rarely respond to emails about pacing.) This w...

by Pam Dupre > Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:54 PM

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STEM
Kindergarten activities
Hi! I did some of these activities with my Kindergarten class and they loved it. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/force-and-motion...activities http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/making-models-solar-system http://www.maryville-schools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageI...

by Abby Lowman > Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:50 PM

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Early Childhood
Engagement
Hands on activities and linking content to real life is very good advice! One thing that I have found that helps is to do things that make you as the teacher feel uncomfortable. Leave the lesson in the hands of the students. I am in a preservice program and this semester we have been practicing inqu...

by Courtney George > Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:36 PM

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Elementary Science
Your help needed
Hi Pamela! I have done stop motion animations with my 9th graders before and it was so much fun! I have never done it with the full digestive tract but had them create videos as if they were doctors explaining a diabetes diagnosis (Type I, Type II insulin resistant, or Type II insulin deficient)....

by Amanda Wolfe > Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:45 AM

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STEM
Icebreaker activities
By icebreaker do you mean how to introduce a lesson in such a way to engage students? If so, I recently taught a lesson on potential and kinetic energy. To get the students thinking about energy, force and motion, I had them gather around a table where I set up a ramp and rolled a ball down the ramp...

by Christopher Rodriguez > Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:39 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Your help needed
I'm not really sure where I should even post this situation but this is where I landed. The STEM Team I am on is collaboratively writing STEM RTI lessons based in ELA using trade books. (We have purchased many through NSTA.) We will soon begin working on health and nutrition. To tie it to STEM we wi...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:25 PM

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STEM
Science Books for Younger Children
I would consider Sheep in the Jeep . It is a great book to use to introduce the topic of force and motion in your classroom. While reading the book there are numerous opportunities to ask questions to your students, such as why does the jeep slow down going up the hill? What happens when the she...

by Paige McRoberts > Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:14 PM

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Early Childhood
Gravity Lesson advice
I talked about this a couple of times in my classes. I started with gravity and projectile motion. The kids really enjoyed it because they had a discussion about projectiles based on the "game." I also talked about it when we talked about circular motion because as they discovered you had to have...

by Lee Graves > Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:26 AM

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Physical Science
Newton's Second Law
There are spring scales that both measure and apply force. Students could build simple vehicles using light wood, styrofoam, or cardboard, straws, and wheels (I get wheels from kelvin.com). They could use these to apply a known force (from the spring scales) to the vehicle, which has a known mass, a...

by Eric Roth > Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:29 PM

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Chemistry
Free, Simple Way to Measure Speed
Great ideas and videos. I teach fourth graders. We videotape quite a bit and upload to movie editing software where we can see frame by frame movement along with the time. Students have been able to compare motion times and speeds very accurately and quickly.

by Eric Roth > Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:43 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered by sifting through the human microbiom...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:18 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
[color=black] If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . [/color] http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered by sifting through ...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:17 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
[color=black][size=4] If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . [/size][/color] http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered by s...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:15 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
[b][color=black][size=4]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . [/size][/color][/b] http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:14 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
[b][color=black][size=4]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . [/size][/color][/b] http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:13 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
[b][color=black][size=4]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . [/size][/color][/b] http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov19.pdf     Life Science New antibiotics discovered...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:13 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching the Seasons
Teaching the class about the four seasons was entertaining and intrinsically rewarding.  To teach the concept, my partner and I used props to represent each season (gloves and a hat, sandals, leaves, flowers and an umbrella, etc.) We utilized each prop as we explained the time of year we were descri...

by Mary Russell > Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:14 PM

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Early Childhood
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
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by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:49 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
[color=black][size=2]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov12.pdf [/size][/color]     Life Science Neanderthal inheritance helped humans a...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:48 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
[color=black][size=2]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov12.pdf [/size][/color]     Life Science Neanderthal inheritance helped humans a...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:48 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
[color=black][size=2]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov12.pdf [/size][/color]     Life Science Neanderthal inheritance helped humans a...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:48 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
[color=black][size=2]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov12.pdf [/size][/color]     Life Science Neanderthal inheritance helped humans a...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:47 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Nov. 12, 2016
[color=black][size=2]If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here . http://www.msb-science.com/ScienceNews/Science-Current-Events-2016Nov12.pdf [/size][/color]     Life Science Neanderthal inheritance helped humans a...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:46 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Need project based astronomy unit - middle school
Hello Gabriel I do not have a fully developed project based astronomy unit for you but have some suggestions on resources to consider First place is to look are is space system in Earth's Place in the Universe for 6-8 http://ngss.nsta.org/DisplayStandard.aspx?view=topic&id=34 Devel...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:55 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Tin Foil Boats
Hi Aubree. I like your idea of the tin foil boats loaded with pennies. I participated in this experiment when I was in elementary school and then again when I was a freshman in college. Many of the websites describing this experiment for elementary children will state that there are two forces at wo...

by Scott Williams > Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:15 PM

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Elementary Science
When we were elementary school, my mom came up with an idea to make a model of the solar system on a ceiling fan! The light in the midddle would be the sun. We worked hard, painting various styrofoam balls and accurately showing the number of moons each planet had using long sewing pins with a yello...

by Julie Homans > Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:49 PM

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Elementary Science
Paralympic track sprinters
Very interesting topic! This could be a experiment to work through in a physics class as there are A lot of different forces going into running around a track. It was cool to see the study look at running around a track clockwise and counterclockwise, and I couldn't believe how the different legged ...

by Rob Rottler > Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:42 PM

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Physical Science
Biophilia and its impact on academic achievement
Hello, I am doing undergraduate research at Wartburg College with another secondary science education major. We are studying biophilia, the natural attraction towards living things, and its impact on academic achievement, retention, and motivation in the middle school classroom. Currently, we are...

by Clay Waterbury > Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:14 PM

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Research in Science Education
I use the graham cracker tectonics activity with my campers in the summer. They enjoy it. Here is an activity from IRIS (The Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology) that I've also used. It is called "Earthquake Machine Lite". It does a good job of simulating the forces involved in an ea...

by Cris Dewolf > Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:22 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Engaging Kindergarten STEM Activities
Hi Ashlyn, I agree with Heejin that Kindergartners learn through hands-on experiences and discussion about what they have done and observed, and what they think it means. Understanding some beginning concepts such as how shadows are formed, the apparent movement of the sun, and how objects crashing...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:26 PM

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STEM