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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
[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 10:49 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
NGSS alignment in the high school
Hi Rania - Many small rural school districts in our region also have the traditional Biology, Chemistry and Physics offerings.  These 3 courses are often still required for college admissions too.  These districts traditionally have not offered Earth & Space Science. These small districts also ...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:54 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Gifted biology classes help
These are all excellent suggestions! One thing to be very aware of is that you are not creating "add on" work (more homework, more reading), but are instead offering advanced and differentiated materials that replace regular content to enrich the students' depth of understanding. "Advanced" clas...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:03 PM

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Life Science
Lessons on Celestial Bodies
Hello Again! I'd recommend Emily Morgan's "Next Time You See the Moon" http://nexttimeyousee.com/books.html Also, you may be able to use something from this Kinesthetic Astronomy plan. I've used it with 5th grade. http://www.spacescience.org/eduresources/kinesthetic.php I've included some mo...

by Sarah Benton > Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:13 AM

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Earth and Space Science
States of Matter activities
Hi Amy, A good way to introduce matter to your 4th grade students is to find out what their thinking is about the states of matter. You might consider using the formative assessment probe to find out about what they understand and proceed from there What is matter? 'The purpose of this ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:43 AM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:02 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:01 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:01 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:00 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:00 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Current Events in Science -- Sept. 17, 2016
[If this gets cut off before the end (as sometimes happens in these forums), you can find the whole thing here .]     September Equinox, 9/22/16.  (I don’t say “autumnal equinox,” because that would be correct only for the Northern Hemisphere.)   On Thursday, September 22, autu...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

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Chemistry
Combining Science with Art
In the past I have done a science activity on Energy in motion by having students group up and giving each group a pie pan with three different colors of tempera paint in it and a lid. Students would then have a marble they would place in the middle and place the lid back on and shake away. That wou...

by Zoxchilt Zuniga > Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:54 AM

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Early Childhood
Energy and Movement
This is a great question and one that takes some time to develop an understanding of but it seems like a really fun thing to teach! My basic understanding is there is a difference between kinetic energy (the energy of movement) and potential energy (stored energy due to an objects potential to move ...

by Amanda Wolfe > Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:59 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 8 and 9
Hello Liz, As of July 1 of this year, New York State has implemented a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirement. The requirement aligns with the states Professional Development Learning Standards below. In a commitment to raising the knowledge, skills, and opportunity of it...

by Kenneth Huff > Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:57 AM

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Professional Development
MakerSpaces
I think integration makes a ton of sense. I have had students build, engineer and make items used in elementary science classes. Giving them time to build always takes extra class time, and I was fortunate in the school I taught at to have some flexibility there. Some examples: Given a variety o...

by Sarah Benton > Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:32 AM

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Elementary Science
Simple Machines
I love the idea of having students create cars (and dog sleds). What a fun hands on activity! I teach 3rd grade Math and Science. To help reinforce the use of simple machines, my team and I use an app called Crazy Machines 2 (There are other versions, but we found this one was more user friendly). I...

by Lauren Switzer > Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:51 PM

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Elementary Science
assessing students
Hello Again Susan! Woah!Mind blown! Green screens in the classroom! I love that so much and my students would go crazy over that. I will have to research this a bit and share. I was very fortunate to work at a school where each student got an ipad. The logistics were surprisingly simple in this ca...

by Amanda Wolfe > Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
assessing students
I believe the attached article is a good starting point to help students take greater ownership of their own learning. I think using graphic organizers as formative assessments is a great time management strategy, additionally graphic organizers can allow for greater differentiation. I struggle wi...

by Panzy Osborne > Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:27 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Friction & Cars - 4th grade
Hello! I was interested in finding out your question for myself since I am working on getting my 4/5 generalist. Through research I found a great safe and educational website created by a teacher regarding 4th grade force and motion. This website provides many educational tools for teachers to revie...

by Shelby Rhodes > Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:24 PM

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Elementary Science
Dear Earth, thanks for visiting! Love, Pluto
On July 14, 2015 automatic interplanetary probe New Horizons at about 14 kilometers per second comes near to Pluto to the smallest distance at 12.5 thousand kilometers. After 14 minutes the machine NASA has flown in 28.8 thousand kilometers from Charon - the largest satellite of the dwarf planet. ...

by Freya Bell > Wed May 25, 2016 6:29 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching with Primary Sources
Couldn't agree more on the importance of content along with learning. Reading articles and combing through data with an eye for spotting something meaningful and relevant is what students need to use their brains for. Technology is great once this first step in achieved because the ball is set not o...

by Arjan Harjani > Sun May 22, 2016 10:50 AM

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Professional Development
Force and motion: The Maglev
In my fourth grade classroom, I taught a science lesson on the Maglev train. It went great, however I struggled with the actual building of the Maglev model. I tried to find a cheap way to build the model but using tape and all that really hindered the students' trains from going down the track. Any...

by Ebone Eastland > Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:09 PM

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Elementary Science
Force and motion Scipack
Does anyone have advice for passing the Force and motion Scipack? Are there any other resources I should be viewing besides the science objects in the scipack before completing the assessment? I would appreciate any advice! 

by Sarah Mildaus > Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:19 PM

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Physical Science
2nd Grade Science: Force and motion
This semester I taught science lessons on force and motion to a second grade class. To explore force and motion, my lessons covered activities such as a push and pull scavenger hunt, creating marble maze, and creating car ramps. We talked about force and motion used in each of these activities. My s...

by Sarah Mildaus > Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:06 PM

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Elementary Science
Once a week Science on a cart
I am teaching science enrichment to 250 kindergartners on a once-a-week for 40 minutes schedule this week. The classroom teachers have been responsible for using several of the FOSS kits (Fabric, Trees, and Animals Two by Two) that are aligned with the old standards. I have been teaching to the new ...

by Marianne Cane > Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:42 PM

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Early Childhood
4th Grade Engineering
In my student teaching for this semester, I covered the standard: 4.PS.1 Investigate transportation systems and devices that operate on or in land, water, air and space and recognize the forces (lift, drag, friction, thrust and gravity) that affect their motion. When I taught, I covered cars and fri...

by Carrie Spencer > Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:26 PM

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Elementary Science
No Science in the Classroom
I agree with Colin and Carolina, as science can be incorporated in small ways in other studies. Like how academies in high schools try to incorporate lessons on art in math classes for art-focused students, science can be incorporated in small ways in other studies at the elementary school level. Sc...

by H Mortimer > Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Combining Science with Art
You can explore gravity through art!!!!! i found a great activity that maybe you would like to use!! http://fun-a-day.com/preschool-art-with-watercolors/ it's a simple yet fun activity where the kids get to splash paint on to the paper by dropping a pompom covered in paint from a small step s...

by Laura Rodriguez > Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:17 AM

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Early Childhood
Science Websites for Students
I recently found this amazing website called Science Kids : http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/animals.html . That teaches science through interactive games. It reinforces and engages the student. I suggest using the website after you teach a particular lesson, such as living and non-living things. No...

by Luz Arevalo > Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:37 PM

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Elementary Science
Energy
Energy is defined as the ability to do work. Energy is required by our bodies and objects in order to function. Potential energy is the energy before an object is in motion. Kinetic energy is the energy of an object in motion. While in motion an object gains energy. Potential Energy is present whe...

by Amanda Firenza > Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:10 AM

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Elementary Science
Force & motion
I have an upcoming lesson on force and motion. I am having a hard time on how I can explain this to my young students. Does anyone know of some good resources that would help me. 

by Alyssa Gonzales > Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:52 PM

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General Science and Teaching