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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
5-E Lesson Plan
Engage: At the start of the lesson the teacher will show the entire class The Water Cycle Rap on YouTube Explore: The teacher will show the class an aquarium with soil, sand, landforms made out of clay, and water in a basin. The top of the aquarium will be covered with plastic wrap and i...

by Maried Rebon > Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:37 AM

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Elementary Science
Class safety
Johanna, in one of my college courses we were given a handout that had photos of students doing crazy/inappropriate things in the science lab, such as drinking coffee, standing in front of a laser, etc. We worked as a group to figure out what was wrong with each number on the handout and then went o...

by Kelly Riedy > Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:18 PM

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Elementary Science
Engagement
I would say the most interesting thing to do is keep it fun! Always go for hands on because that is how kids will learn. Take it outside or have the kids work together, or show videos, images, talk about experiences, or even act it out! There are so many creative ideas to do depending on the content...

by stephanie Lybarger > Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:20 PM

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Elementary Science
Class safety
Hello, I will be graduating soon and I was wondering what are some fun activities in classroom/lab safety. All ideas are acceptable! Thanks!

by Johanna Barrera > Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:51 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Websites for Students
For lunar phases i was able to use these sites to engage the students https://stardate.org/nightsky/moon http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/LunarPhases/lunar_phases_main.html#part2

by Daisy Hinojosa > Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:54 PM

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Elementary Science
Student-Teacher
Hello, i am also in student teaching at the University of Houston. I really like that this site is available for anyone who has any questions regarding with science in schools. I am really learning a lot of new things.

by Daisy Hinojosa > Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:46 PM

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Early Childhood
New Teachers
I am responding to Ashley Gonzalez. I agree with you that there is very little "science" happening when the content is being taught predominantly with videos and worksheets. I do use video clips rarely, however, showing time-lapse video of germination or pollination is not something I can easily rep...

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teacher
Hi Alma, I am currently a student teacher in a Kindergarten classroom. I am not sure what grade you teach or plan on teaching, but I find BrainPop very useful. I would not use it as an engage, though, since the BrainPop videos cover/explain the lesson you are going to teach. Most of the time, I ...

by JENNIFER GARCIA > Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:48 PM

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New Teachers
New to NSTA
Carolina, There are close to 200,000 users in the Learning Center - click on the "Explore All Resources" button above - it will help you search for lessons, have you tried it? http://learningcenter.nsta.org/search/default.aspx?action=br...l=&author= There are over 7,000 available. Flavio...

by Flavio Mendez > Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:05 AM

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Elementary Science
Resources
As a student teacher, I did not have a chance to observe Science classrooms as much as I have liked to. However, the few that I did see had many resources available for the teacher. The school provided most of the materials, anchor charts, and other supplies. What resources are vital for the first y...

by Amra Milanovic > Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:57 PM

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New Teachers
Making Connections
As a future teacher, I often wonder how can students visualize and experience the concepts that we teach. Students, as we have found from both experience and observations, work best if there are hands-on activities available. Are field trips such as going to the petting zoo/zoo more beneficial for s...

by Amra Milanovic > Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:53 PM

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Life Science
Garden Activities
Hi! I recently did a science lesson with a first grade class and I used the school garden to introduce the topic of parts of a plant. There were many weeds and plants that weren't necessarily part of the garden, so I had the students pick one and pull it out of the ground completely. I did this s...

by Sanovia Sanicharan > Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:18 AM

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Life Science
Help Selecting an AP Biology Text / Pearson
Hi, I am new to teaching, second career.   HS science, next year school is offering AP Biology and I just discovered that we do not have a textbook. Our vendor is Pearson.   This link is to the page on their site with all AP Bio books available   http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZ...

by Deborah Espie > Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:42 PM

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New Teachers
3D printing and STEM?
I've just gotten a Lulzbot 3D printer for my Elementary Science lab (after a lot of research into what will be the best/most sustainable printer for the program) and my fourth grade students are currently working on a project to adapt an animal for new conditions and create a 3D printed model of the...

by Kathryn Bennett > Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:07 PM

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STEM
Preparing for the Future Based on Lessons from the Past: A Sustainability Makeover for Ancient History
Teachers know that kids are more likely to get engaged with learning when the curriculum reflects their lives and experiences. But what do you do if you’re teaching ancient history to middle school students? It’s hard to imagine what could be less relevant to 7 th -graders than the aqueducts of the ...

by Susan Santone > Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:21 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teachers
I am also a pre-service teacher and one of the things that I do, and not just for science is observing the outclass teachers. One of the outclasses that my students go to is the science lab, and I have been in there quite a few times to observe. It helps because you learn so many new things and so m...

by Malissa Corneh > Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:01 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Classroom management during an inquiry activity or lab
Hello! That is all great advise for 8th grade. If it were in Elementary, what kind of different advise can I receive about classroom management during an inquiry lab/activity? Would the management be the same? How are they different (besides the age group)? Zeina Moubayed

by Zeina Moubayed > Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:22 PM

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Professional Development
Science interactive notebook?
Thank you! I never realized how many resources were available to me until now!

by Magda Jimenez > Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Success For All, Takes Us All
Collaborating with other teachers is so important! I think that meeting with other teachers and getting their advise will help gain some new knowledge. The help from others can help improve our way of teaching.

by Zeina Moubayed > Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:57 PM

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Professional Development
Journals available
Hello, I will soon be a teacher. I am graduating this year, and I am working if the journals in my library in NSTA will be available? Our NSTA membership is a one-year contract correct? After that year will the journals no longer be available for us? Thanks! -Wendy Hernandez

by Wendy Hernandez > Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:20 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
With our Hawaii State Standards I started out our 3rd grade Water Cycle with that activity. We'd sit in a circle and toss the inflatable globe around and when the students caught it, where ever their right thumb is on the ball (you can use whatever fingers you choose, but keep in mind it needs to b...

by Avory Abordonado > Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:47 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Speaking of chickens and human physiology, one of my culminating musculoskeletal labs is to get a chicken wing or drumstick with the joint intact, (this can be kind of tough to find since they chop them up these days, but not impossible). When dissecting this joint they can go over every type of co...

by Kimberlee Stuart > Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:14 PM

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Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
One of my students' favorite labs for the year is a cardiovascular inquiry lab where they design their own experiment to test the effects of a factor on blood pressure and pulse. It's really helpful to have automatic bp cuffs that give both a bp and pulse reading. They also love to dissect - we do...

by Amy Swiderski > Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:30 PM

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Life Science
Planet Protection Chemistry labs?
What about plastic? We are close to Easter and people buy too many plastic eggs, plastic grass, the plastic wrappings for the candy and goodies, the baskets, etc. Give them a challenge, after seeing the video, how can we cut down on plastics? There is someone in Florida who created biodegradable, ed...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:16 PM

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Chemistry
Argument Driven Inquiry
Hi John You did not indicate what grade level you were interested in exploring ADI You might consider some of the ideas presented in this article about high school level chemistry labs http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst09_076_08_42 " Argument-Driven Inquiry (AD...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:51 PM

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

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

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STEM
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
Hi Alberto! I am currently an Elementary Education major. I recently did a STEM activity with students for a science assignment that they absolutely loved. The activity was the Ramp and Roll STEM Challenge and can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers through the following link: https://www.teacher...

by Cynthia Garcia > Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:07 AM

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Elementary Science
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
"The old models of teaching as simply telling, and learning as passive sit-and-get listening, will not meet the needs of tomorrow's citizens," Tom O'Brien from Overview to Science for the Next Generation.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:58 PM

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

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

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Promote more collaboration.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:50 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Catalyst: goal is to partner with more educators to make things happen. See NSTA's Alliance of Affiliates: http://www.nsta.org/about/collaboration/affiliates.aspx

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:39 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Building collaborative communities: goal is to go back, share, and spread the wealth of knowledge I learned while at the conference.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:33 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Over Coffee: Reflections on the conference
Thank you for getting up so early on the last day of the conference to join us at the "Collaborate Over Coffee" social to reflect on our experiences while at the conference, action steps that we would like to take away with us, and as always connections and collaborative conversations on how togethe...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:29 PM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"Great literacy ideas from the Yopp sisters...Hallie and Ruth." Check them out online. https://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200901/BTJPhonologicalAwareness.pdf "I am very proud of our faculty for the leadership they are providing in preparing the next generation of California's teach...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:18 AM

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Professional Development
Getting Hired and Surviving Year One
I will go with the same advice that I gave to my classmates at GW University 25 years ago. You want to apply to a lot of positions. After you get offers you can decide how to pick and choose between positions. A job is better than no job... usually. So, with teaching there are some things that...

by Daniel Carroll > Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:11 AM

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New Teachers
Collaborating Beyond California
"NSTA has been SOOOOO inspiring!"

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:59 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"Collaboration: 'Step up, step back'"...shared in a session during this conference.

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:57 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"Not to get technical...BUT according to chemistry, alcohol is a solution!" :)

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:54 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"Collaboration with my team of teachers allows me to feel supported and successful...so I am confident that I can instill the same in my students!"

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:44 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"Collaboration is the teaching of ideas from different disciplines, so that each discipline adds to the learner's understanding."

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:43 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
"I believe working together K-12 in collaboration is essential! HS, MS, Elementary works together. We are doing it!"

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:42 AM

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Professional Development
Collaborating Beyond California
Thank you to everyone who came to Saturday evening's "Collaborating Beyond California" social during this past week's NSTA National Conference in LA. We had CA, OR, VA, FL, WA, NY, MD, NV, AZ, NM, OK, CT, MO, LA, NC, NJ, MI, NE, OH, AL, RI, and HI all represented! Am I leaving any state out? Just...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:30 AM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Climate science and our responsibility as educators Description: In our current political and scientific climate it is imperative that we equip students with the tools to intelligently discuss weather and climate science. NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab has numerous tools, demos, and lesso...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:57 PM

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Professional Development
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Data gathering/data analysis/collaborative learning in science classrooms Description: Data collection and data analysis in a secondary science classrooms plays an important role in developing students’ scientific thinking and skills. This session will demonstrate ways to incorporate ...

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

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

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

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

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

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Professional Development
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Engaging Young Minds Description: Engaging Young Minds (EYM) Institute is a collaboration between Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA Science Project. EYM utilizes the expertise of local science institutions and teacher leaders to facilitate the challenges of science instruc...

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

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“Plastic Ocean & Microplastics: Dangers for Marine Organisms and Humans. From Ingestion to Hormone Disruption” Description: Collaborative research and communication between high school students in Japan and Los Angeles. Data, PowerPoint, poster board and potential for future extended ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:34 PM

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

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

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Professional Development
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STEAM Education Description: Science and Art Institutions work in collaboration to bring STEAM to the forefront. We provide Professional Development and curricular resources for Nevada's educators and changing the discussion from STEM to STEAM in the state. Presenters: Craig Ros...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:31 PM

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Professional Development
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Project-Based Learning Through Global Statistics Description: The new data challenge is finding patterns in haystacks of instant worldwide information. Come try free, reliable, online statistics visualizers to correlate and analyze international social measures over time, including he...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:30 PM

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Professional Development
Trying to post "flipping Chemistry at an all girls schoo"l presentation powerpoint
I am trying to figure out how to post my powerpoint on flipping AP and Honors Chemistry at an all girls school that I am using for a presentation tomorrow.  I can't seem to figure out how to upload to a public place so attendees have access to the file.   I have figured out how to attach the file...

by Edye Udell > Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:15 PM

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Chemistry
Rigor and Relevance Framework for Chem?
Good Evening! My school has really been pushing us on the Rigor and Relevance Framework this year and pushing us to do more Quadrant C and D activities.  Anyone familiar and know what I'm talking about??? One problem is we can't really come to a consensus in our chemistry PLC on what is consid...

by Chris Leverington > Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:15 PM

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Chemistry
Success For All, Takes Us All
Thanks, Jo, for sharing! Your experience reminds me of the quote that I love so much by R. Buckminster Fuller, the great scientist and inventor, "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." You never know, even in the most unexpected places and with the most unexp...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:30 AM

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Professional Development
Student-Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Hallie Seals. I'm currently in Student-teaching 1 at the University of Houston. I'm excited yet nervous about becoming a new teacher. I look forward to you all's useful information. Dear Hallie, Glad you could join the discussion - the NSTA Learning Center comm...

by Flavio Mendez > Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:35 AM

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Early Childhood
Success For All, Takes Us All
I have been trying to get students to collect data and graph it successfully to derive meaningful data from the material. Many years ago, I was late for a science workshop at UCLA and the only session with spaces was on graphing. I was disappointed that all the dramatic science sessions were alread...

by Josephine Golcher > Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:31 PM

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Professional Development
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It may seem silly to respond to my own post, however, I wanted to share this as an example to inspire others that they too can bring groups of people together to share and learn from one another. You don't have to be in a classroom either for learning to happen. Take advantage of what your interests...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:39 AM

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SO happy that you will both be able to join us this Thursday! I can't wait to hear about the collaborative work happening between the two countries. Some of my best learning experiences have been participating in cultural exchanges and connecting with others abroad. I love the possibilities that sci...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:30 AM

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Thank you for sharing! I had the great fortune to visit an after school robotics club that Rachel, administrators, elementary classroom teachers, and the after school program teachers collaborated on to make learning fun and engaging for their students. "Teachers are society's most valuable resou...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:18 AM

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