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Hands-on Activities
While some of the URLs will take you to sites that aren't all free, perhaps these will give you some ideas: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool.html I also have attached resources from my learning center uploads. Chemistry in the Community as a text is good ...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:36 AM

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Chemistry
STEM class interdisciplinary approach
Hi Cindy, I work at a newer STEM high school.  We are just beginning our third year.  We have a cohort (grade) based STEM course first thing in the morning.  This allows us to have cohort-wide and school-wide iniatives.  We complete STEM lessons, soft skills and work on design challenges during t...

by Rebecca Falin > Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:57 AM

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STEM
Classroom Library and Notebooks
I am an elementary science specialist. As I prepare for the upcoming school year, I am thinking of making the following changes in my lab: 1. Reorganizing the classroom library by NGSS DCI 2. Using flexible three-ring binders instead of composition books as science notebooks Thoughts, id...

by Juliette Guarino > Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:56 PM

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Elementary Science
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Free Eclipse 2017 Digital Experience Available from NASA and Infiniscope Audience: Grades 5-12 Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017 Introduce your students to an entirely new type of learning experience with “ Eclipse 2017 ” from NASA and Infiniscope. Aligned with...

by Jessica Swann > Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
First Day of School Science Activities
Our campus has a first 3 days of high engagement policy. We spend time presenting build challenges, group activities to get to know each each other, and a mystery safety accident. Students are not in seats, moving around the room, interacting with fellow students and myself (the teacher). My favo...

by Stacy Holland > Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:09 AM

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Life Science
New WeatherSTEM Interactive Lesson for Solar Eclipse
We created a special WeatherSTEM Eclipse module for NSTA Members and teachers at large. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/index.html There is no charge and it can be used by students and staff. The Eclipse lesson includes interactivity and fusion of live weather data...

by Mark Hyer > Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:28 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Biology/AP Environmental Teacher Position
Not sure if this is where I should post this, but here it goes. Feel Free to pass this along This is an AP teaching position in an amazing school in Raleigh…..   Cardinal Gibbons High School is seeking applicants for an AP Environmental Science/Freshmen Biology Teacher science teaching positi...

by Diane Ripollone > Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:52 AM

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Life Science
2017-18 STEM Teacher Grant Opportunity
eCYBERMISSION eCYBERMISSION—one of the U.S. Army's Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP)—is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in t...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:00 PM

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STEM
All This Science Podcast
Hi Science People ! Enjoy my brand new Science podcast - All This Science - 1 topic explained in 5 minutes. It's fun, off the wall and soon my students will be making their episodes for all to hear. All This Science - available where fine podcasts are distributed and completely FREE for you ! ...

by Marsh Carroll > Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:28 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Consumer Chemistry
Students prefer seeing why they are learning science; giving them freedom to work on a project that is relevant to them but still connected to chemistry empowers them; some even find out that chemistry is more important in their interests than they realized. They also learn skills (lab equipment) th...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:18 PM

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Chemistry
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark-- i would agree with our colleagues about having students make posters. I had teams of students make lab safety posters rather than buying ones. They were more personalized to our lab. Also -- check with a travel club to see if you can scrounge up some maps of the US and your state. S...

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:45 PM

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New Teachers
Activities for NGSS PS1-6
I agree that the "baggie lab" is a great jumping off point for elementary science students. I would approach this standard with a design challenge. Ask the students to imagine themselves hiking in the woods. They fall and would like an ice pack to put on their sore ankle, but they don't have ice. Sh...

by Susan Farmer > Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:23 PM

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Physical Science
Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Context Technologists
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Nontext Technologists Benefits Beyond Just Documents Most posts in this series discuss techniques for effective technical writing (or ways to teach o...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 AM

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STEM
lab safety/Usage policies
NSTA has position statements on labs and lab safety at http://www.nsta.org/about/positions.

by Debra Shapiro > Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:06 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Activities for NGSS PS1-6
Hi Yen, I often do some variant of the "Baggie lab" with my physical science students. A Google search for "baggie lab" will several versions of the lab. It uses easy to find household reagents - baking soda, sidewalk salt and water- and there are both endothermic (absorbing thermal energy) and...

by Rebecca Falin > Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:13 AM

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Physical Science
Activities for NGSS PS1-6
Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student that has volunteered at my local school district to help write the science curriculum for their K-6 teachers. In each grade, I am trying to write-in at least one investigative lab that students can do so that they have opportunities to do science before they reach hi...

by Yen Verhoeven > Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:37 AM

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Physical Science
High School Genetics Class Ideas
Hello, I will be teaching a nine week elective genetics course, intended for accelerated high school juniors and seniors. Class periods in my building last 88 minutes, as we operate a block schedule. I am looking for recommendations for activities. I do have access to a thermal cycler and intend ...

by Patrick Breen > Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:44 PM

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Life Science
Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams
Thank you for your interesting and informative post on Explanatory Science Diagrams and the link to the Technical Communication Handbook, T.R. I agree that schematics really help to illustrate science phenomena. They also serve as a great way in labs and in science notebooks for teachers to assess s...

by Susan Farmer > Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:14 PM

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STEM
Consumer Chemistry
Maureen, If you have any other questions, I will be more than happy to assist if I can. When I am home over labor Day, I will dig out my files, and I can send you my syllabus/lessons plans that I had to post daily for principal. I taught in a rural school and had to frequently adapt, modify...

by Bev DeVore-Wedding > Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:32 AM

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Chemistry
Split 7/8 science help needed
So first, some background on me and my school.  I am in my 3rd year teaching and I have 7 and 8 together.  I work at an alternative school and our population is very transient.  Students come and go constantly and come to us with huge deficiencies.  It is not uncommon for students to say they never ...

by Lynn Mertz > Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:30 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Consumer Chemistry
Have you looked at ideas from ChemCom and Chemistry in Context for ideas. I used their topics to develop a place-based consumer chemistry based on water. I used our local stream and our state's River Watch ( http://coloradoriverwatch.org/ ) to introduce elements, clean water qualities, ions, sol...

by Bev DeVore-Wedding > Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:06 AM

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Chemistry
lab safety/Usage policies
We have dedicated science labs. Unfortunately, the math and English teachers feel abused when foreign language classes are assigned to their classrooms during their preps. Our new principal decided to break with past practice and to assign foreign language to the science labs so that we cannot prep ...

by Cheri Awtrey > Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:42 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
No. I don't like the county idea, which to me is boring. I think the engineering project allows them to apply all the content into a real world crisis and go through the entire engineering and design process and work in collaborative groups with assigned roles where each has a specific problem the...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 PM

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General Science and Teaching
First Day of School Science Activities
Wonderful idea to turn this into an activity to have students move. Students need to understand safety procedures in labs so anyway to engage them is a good idea! You might want to reinforce safety by having students in each lab group go over procedures before each lab too Best, Arlene

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:54 AM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science Activities
My school requires me to go over class expectations but I'm going to get my students moving around the room while doing this instead of just standing there and telling them! i found a game called Scoot online. Every student is given a gameboard with 20 squares - you can use this same gameboard for...

by Suzanne Stojka > Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:51 PM

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Life Science
Volunteer opportunity with K-8 education nonprofit
The Chemical Educational Foundation ® (CEF) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to exposing K-8 learners to the excitement of science and fostering STEM literacy. We are currently looking for science educators and professionals who are interested in volunteering with us as...

by Katie Wetstone > Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:08 AM

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Professional Development
First Day of School Science Activities
Ruth The standard safety videos, including the one put out by the ACS, need some updating. We also have had students create short videos that each focus on one concept. I think students are more open to hearing about safety from their peers. I works well ?

by Pamela Auburn > Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:16 AM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science Activities
Great! Thanks so much, Steven. Several years ago, I had one of my advanced classes create lab safety videos for my beginning science classes. It was a nice project for them. However, I have not repeated it because it took them so much time editing the final copy of their videos. What abou...

by Ruth Hutson > Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:09 PM

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Life Science
Getting girls involved in Science
It is interesting to me to read this post from 2015 and how relevant the topic is, two years after. I have been involved in activities with sciences and robotics for girls. In my experience I have seen classrooms with male and female students and only girls. It is true that girls tend to be quiet wh...

by Ayda Parra > Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:34 AM

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Elementary Science
Discrepent Events in biology
There are now some really great phenomena resources available to teachers as many states progress toward full implementation of the NGSS. A few of these sites include: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/ https://sites.google.com/site/sciencephenomena/

by Steven Autieri > Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:57 PM

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Life Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark -  I primarily use posters to create a pleasant and relaxing classroom environment for students.   Think about how color in a space impacts you and keep that in-mind as you select materials to post. As a Biology/Life Science teacher I select posters that bring in the beauty of earth's...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:01 PM

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New Teachers
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark, I change the posters that I have on my walls throughout the year depending on the content we are studying. You might start with something related to the first unit with which you will be studying. For example, my first unit of the year is lab safety so I display my lab safety rules. T...

by Ruth Hutson > Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:25 PM

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New Teachers
New York State Required lab Materials
Hi everyone!  I am a new 8th Living Environment teacher at a public school in New York City. I have been tasked with purchasing all of the necessary lab materials for the required state labs. Is there a website where I can purchase all of the necessary materials? Or does anyone have any suggestio...

by Erika Richardson > Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:38 PM

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Life Science
FREE Force and Motion Kit
Thanks for sharing Wendy. I never seem to be able to get signed in when kits are available!

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:21 AM

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STEM
Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom
You have good advice, Kimberly! This has been my experience too with presenters that they are okay with being there all day. If the presenter has something published it would be good to have that available for your students. If it is not on their grade level than you can probably find co...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:21 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
First Day of School Science Activities
Hi Lauren, I love to set-up a lab safety scavenger hunt where I hide clues throughout the classroom space. Students read a riddle on a strip of paper and need to locate the next piece of safety equipment to continue the process. It is a really engaging and hands-on way to get students to review...

by Steven Autieri > Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:10 PM

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Life Science
Apps
Hi Lauren, I have not used apps in preschool and lower primary grades. I looked at possible resources in the NSTA Learning Center and apps were for middle school. You might consider looking at some of the ones suggested in Educational Insider http://blog.iat.com/2014/12/29/25-stem...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:51 AM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science Activities
Working on planning for the start of the year and was just reading through all of the posts here. I had already thought of the Scavenger hunt and also connecting it to safety in the classroom. I saw in one of the earlier posts the idea about the "Shared Resources" where one item in each envelope c...

by Marla Menchaca > Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:08 PM

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Life Science
NGSS Phenomena
Iris, I am delighted to hear that you have attended events in which the connection between Phenomena and PBLs and 5E were made. I have attended several and the connections were not made. I think it is good to make the connections, but others may have reasons to approach Phenomena as a new thin...

by Donald Boonstra > Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:17 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Mobile Hands-on Physical Science Stations
Dear Greg, we have created a free mobile App which presents Physics to 9-10 grade students using an interactive "learning by doing" approach. It is similar in spirit to Colorado PhET or MIT TEAL approaches, but much simpler and more homogenized since it targets a K-12 audience. For K-12 a...

by Sridhar Sundaram > Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:07 AM

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Physical Science
Mobile Hands-on Physical Science Stations
I am a college professor involved in a collaborative effort to create a STEM center to help our students in STEM areas and to build bridges with secondary students. My component of this effort will be to create, during a sabbatical, an integrated physical science/math course along with a set of hand...

by Greg Baugher > Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 AM

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Physical Science
MS NGSS and Standards based report cards
I reside in California, and a colleague at one of our local charter schools used this (and similar) NGSS rubrics to create a self-evaluation for her students. Key NGSS unit standards were placed into her rubric for a particular unit.  Students would check their content understanding by applying a...

by Jon Wilson > Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Scipack
Dear Cynthia, Have you asked assistance from a SciPack Mentor? Within the SciPack, there is a button labeled "Ask a Mentor." Each SciPack has an expert mentor assigned to answer content questions. Don't give up! Take notes, ask a mentor, go through all the quizzes - prepare yourself well befor...

by Flavio Mendez > Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:54 PM

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Professional Development
What do you struggle with most in the classroom?
Hello! My name is Josh Ney and I am an intern at IDEA it lab. We are developing tools to support teaching / learning science in the classroom with products based on education technology. If you are teaching science, we would love to hear some of the challenges you are experiencing within you...

by Josh Ney > Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:02 PM

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Elementary Science
Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams One feature that strikingly separates science/engineering papers, books, or reports from literary ones is the explanatory use of  visualizati...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:52 AM

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STEM
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
Creating Digital Notebooks
I've recently started using OneNote for typing notes in class. It seems like it would be flexible enough for you to customize however many sections you need. Plus, there's browser integration available for screenshots and a phone app for pictures, or notes.

by John Sorrell > Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:01 AM

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General Science and Teaching
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
If you are interested in teaching about the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and have enjoyed links to resources in this thread, you may be interested to register for Astronomers Without Borders Building on the Eclipse Education Program. AWB’s unique Building on the Eclipse Education Prog...

by Lindsay Bartolone > Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:41 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Physics App to engage students
We want to engage students by supplementing classroom content with some self-work they can do outside of class to get prepared. We are planning to use a free Physics interactive app "Physics Studio" which has many simple interactions done virtually on a mobile phone or tablet. (links and info...

by Sridhar Sundaram > Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:19 AM

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Physical Science
Gifted Learners
With teaching any subject with gifted learners, I like to offer choices. Menu boards are a great solution, and this is not additional work. In science particularly, I challenge my gifted learners to design labs/experiments to go with our concepts. I give them the choice to work alone (which some ...

by Julie C Wylie > Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:16 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Mixtures and Solutions Lesson: 5th Grade
Thanks for sharing this! I love introducing the lesson with a book and closing it with a video. That would really help solidify the hands on learning. I did a similar lab and had my LEP students create a table where they drew a picture of their stations, told whether they were a mixture or solutio...

by Michele McNally > Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:35 AM

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Elementary Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark! Congratulations!! I've found that the posters are much more for me than for students. I had a poster that said: "tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and realize that we're all in this together" which really helped me out on rough days... in retrospect I wouldn't have that exact poster i...

by Michelle Brown > Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:48 AM

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New Teachers
First Day of School Science Activities
I currently teach middle school science and I use the first week of school to introduce students to the common skills and strategies that they will require in science. I try to have students engage in collaborative activities: work in small groups to build a geometric structure ( using triangles, sq...

by Sharon Stevens-Allen > Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:50 AM

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Life Science
Critical Pedagogy and STEM
Wow,Peter, that is such a timely topic. I left a high-performing, predominately upper class school after seventeen years to take part in a grant that has been in place for three years now. Our parish wrote a PROGRESS Federal Grant to reach those low performing schools with high-poverty students. The...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:04 PM

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STEM
Animals in the classroom?
My district brings critters to the schools in the spring. Different ones for different grade levels, and at the end of the school year they pick them up. it is awesome to watch snails, butterflies, fish, grasshoppers, etc...in their ecosystems; and how they develop in their life-cycles from birth. T...

by Kim Rivera > Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:48 PM

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Life Science
STEM PBL Openings in Az
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:22 PM

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Professional Development
STEM PBL Teaching Positions Open in AZ
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong STEM PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed The Challenge In a recent position paper, Sarah M. Hess worries that coaching students to write under time constraints means that teachers mus...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:44 PM

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STEM
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Just received this! Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a se...

by Frieda Lamprecht > Wed May 31, 2017 1:59 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Attention of Students
Hi Tiffani, Science learning for 20-30 children ages 2.5-8 years should be either in small groups or in centers where the science concepts and content are part of the center. Provide small clipboards or "journals" made by folding a few sheets of blank paper in half so children can draw and write th...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Mon May 22, 2017 6:56 PM

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Early Childhood
Paleontology
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossils/junior-paleontologist.htm? EXPLORE  the ways that paleontologists work, and the methods and tools they use to understand ancient life. LEARN  about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and changes to past climate and environments. PROT...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon May 22, 2017 11:57 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Energy Flow Misconceptions
Hi Dominique Deborah is right about energy as it only 'flows' in one direction. You might be interested in looking at the information from the NSTA SciGuide Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/5/SG-41 "Flow of...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed May 17, 2017 4:27 PM

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General Science and Teaching
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
Teaching Science Online
Difficult in what sense? I am teaching science online. I think it has to be supplemented with some hands-on labs as well, but it can certainly be successful.

by Tara Spitzer-List > Mon May 15, 2017 7:40 PM

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Research in Science Education
Virtual Conference Conversation: The Dynamic Ocean - Changes and Impacts
In our coral bleaching session, folks asked about making presentations public. During the global coral bleaching event that has been going on for the last three years, I've been interviewed for lots of "print", radio, and TV stories. Many of those can be found at: https://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov...

by Mark Eakin > Sat May 13, 2017 1:51 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Resources
Look up science grants that are available in your state or city. Contact local businesses or industry to ask for donations. I contact the petro chemical industry at the beginning of each year to ask for safety goggles and non-latex gloves. Then we write thank you letters. I've even had some parents ...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri May 12, 2017 3:11 PM

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New Teachers
5E Lesson Plan
What are some good activities I could have my students do during the elaborate portion of a 5E lesson for Energy Flow in an ecosystem?

by Dominique Whitaker > Sat May 06, 2017 3:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Free Webinar on climate science resources May 9, 20178
Hi, everybody....I wanted to share this free Webinar coming up Tuesday afternoon. We will be giving away some prizes during the live version, and there will also be a recording for those who can't be online at that time. The Webinar is free, but you must pre-register. We hosted a similar Webinar i...

by Suzanne Taylor > Fri May 05, 2017 10:51 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Titration Inquiry lab for Antacids
I don't really have a lab write up, but you can do it microscale with eye droppers instead of burets. They would need to find the volume of a drop of liquid (have them count the number of drops for 5ml or something and then divide 5 by the number of drops). Then add drop wise until the color chang...

by Chris Leverington > Thu May 04, 2017 12:33 PM

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Chemistry
Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught When students write "about science" they sometimes just pile on lots of sentences without any sense that the sentences can and shou...

by T.R. Girill > Wed May 03, 2017 1:30 PM

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STEM
Engagement
Great idea by Pamela to search the resources using explore You might have notice the NSTA collections if you did this search Since explore is the one of the Es in the Five E's you might find this collection of interest Here is one: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed May 03, 2017 11:20 AM

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Professional Development
QUestions
I agree with Sophia's response. It's ok not to be a walking encyclopedia or google expert. I have students write down the question and anyone can bring in the correct response written on a scrap of paper the next day. They share what they found with the class. This is also a good time to teach them ...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon May 01, 2017 2:38 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
QUestions
In that moment when you are in the classroom and your student asks you a question you don't know the answer to, the first thing you say should be encouraging. For example, you might say "that's a great question!" Your next decision depends on how much time you have. If you have limited time, tell yo...

by Sophia Shatas > Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:41 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
safety Rules
Hello Brenda, When it comes to safety in the classroom there are many vital rules that you should give your children before a science class. It is very important to make sure that all students understand your basic classroom rules. Also, you should make sure that before you begin an activity tha...

by Alexandra Viera > Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Class Pet
Hi Jessica, Those of us who have had animals in the classroom, could share a lot of stories - most good. There are some things one needs to always consider on the safety side, however. I like Dr. Ken Roy's article, "Scope on safety: Animals in the Classroom", Science Scope, Feb. 2011: http://lea...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:57 AM

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Elementary Science
Technology in Low-Income Schools
Hello, To answer the question, I do believe that students that cannot afford to buy expensive lab equipment do benefit from these resources. I also agree that it is better to learn by doing the actual experiment and learning from experimental errors. Thus, it is not ideal to learn from ideal expe...

by Rajbir Hundal > Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:30 PM

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STEM
Parent Communication
Hi Myesha - Oh yes, it can often be very challenging to reach some parents with school communications. In this particular case, since you've been trying for such a long time unsuccessfully, I would recommend you contact the school counselor and/or principal for assistance with parent communic...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:49 PM

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New Teachers
New Teacher: Politics and Climate Change
The political climate in America and the earth's climate both seem to be struggling, with no real end in sight. And while the clash between politics and environmental science is not a new issue, I think recent events have made the two topics into exceptionally unfriendly neighbors when discussed tog...

by Zoe Ziegler > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:51 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teachers
Have you ever dissected owl pellets? I've done it with 2nd grade through 5th grade. https://www.homesciencetools.com/a/owl-pellet-dissection-project You need to order them on line so they're sterilized or there may be access to some within the science department in your district. I would te...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:23 PM

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Life Science
STEM Research in the Classroom: Your Experience?
Are there any instructors who have had experience with conducting STEM research in the classroom (i.e., using student data to conduct their own peer-reviewed papers and/or collaborating with nearby universities on educational research)? Interested in how this plays out with the classroom dynamic, es...

by Jessica Bonnar > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:13 PM

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Research in Science Education
The Flipped Classroom
This model of teaching sounds very interesting! Does the Flipped Classroom function better than the traditional model of teaching? I always thought that the teacher should be giving lectures in class so that the students may ask anything they aren't too sure of then do the lab after, while practice...

by Vincent DeJesus > Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:00 AM

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General Science and Teaching
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
safety Rules
I would always make my students and their parents sign a safety contract. With doing so you will be sure the students are aware of the rules set in class and the expectations you have for them. I think a few big safety rules, especially in an Elementary setting, is to always listen to the instructor...

by Ashley Castillo > Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:28 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Notebooks
Hi Emily, In my "Teaching Elementary Science" class we kept science journals throughout the entire semester! I think using one direct source of note-taking in science allows students to become organized and consistent in their work, but I think it goes way past just having a notebook they use fo...

by Samantha Ford > Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:25 PM

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Early Childhood
Dialysis lab -- Looking for a fake blood recipe that will work for dialysis demonstration
I recently attended an Ambitious Science Teaching PD in which teachers gave some examples of phenomena-based units. One of the units was excellent, and I want to use it in my own classroom. It starts with an article on high school athletes and water intoxication. This is not the example she used,...

by Barbara Force > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:20 AM

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Life Science
Writing in STEM
I think that there are two sides to writing that have to be considered: learning to write and writing to learn. I have moved to guided inquiry labs and require that my students write lab reports. Since the labs are set up so that they collect and analyse data in order to answer a question, critical ...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:19 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf       Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:46 PM

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STEM
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf       Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:46 PM

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Physical Science
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf       Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:45 PM

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Life Science
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf       Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf       Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Current Events in Science -- Apr. 21, 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-2017Apr21.pdf     Life Science Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when oxygen is low   Deprived o...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:39 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Recycling Paper
This is not only a great activity, but an awesome, concise explanation of what was done and how. Im sure the students will remember the lab for years to come.... I would love to try it out one day

by Kelly Foreiter > Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:29 AM

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Elementary Science
safety Rules
YES! I think a Science safety Contract is a great tool to use at the beginning of the year. Going over the safety rules will help prevent (hopefully) any accidents in the lab or the classroom. I remember "signing" safety contracts back when I was in elementary-high school and should still be imple...

by Justine Buzon > Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:51 PM

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Elementary Science
safety Rules
I forgot to mention! I have a rule in my classroom that the other labs don't necessarily have: the students don't touch anything unless I tell them it's safe. Just in case... I teach in a lab, so there is a lot of mischief they can get into if they get their hands on supplies they shouldn't have.

by Kathryn Bennett > Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:24 AM

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Elementary Science
safety Rules
We have a "Science safety contract which all students must "sign" at the beginning of the year. here's the wording: I will… 1. act responsibly at all times. 2. wear goggles to protect my eyes. 3. wear protective clothing (gloves, apron, etc.) when necessary. 4. not eat or drink in the lab u...

by Kathryn Bennett > Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:22 AM

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Elementary Science
Class Pet
I run the Science lab at my school (grades K-4) and have all the on-campus animals. In the lab, we have two red-eared sliders, a russian tortoise, a rabbit, and a chinchilla. All of them except the chinchilla are very friendly. Our beautiful cockatiel and leopard gecko passed away this year, but ...

by Kathryn Bennett > Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:10 AM

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Elementary Science
Differentiation
You should definitely check out the NSTA Teacher’s Toolkit article on differentiating inquiry . It’s a great general resource about differentiated instruction, and walks through a differentiated inquiry on density. For a more general overview of differentiated instruction, check out How to Teach S...

by Bo Cheli > Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:52 PM

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New Teachers
safety Rules
Hello, what are some vital rules that you would give your children before a science class?

by Brenda Lopez > Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Class safety
Hello, I think a great way to start a science safety activity would be to integrate a video. A funny and informative video is a great way to get a topic across to students because they pay full attention. An example of a funny video in regards to lab safety is ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsAHt...

by Daniella Tangherlini > Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:40 AM

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Elementary Science