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Weather and Elementary
All the children should be educated about the weather and other elementary elements that are available to us. Children should be given proper education based on each topic related to Science. Hope these articles are useful for them in their future studies. photo editing india clipping path s...

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Early Childhood
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by ThomasJarm ThomasJarm > Yesterday, 12:37 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Getting Parents Involved
Hello Kaylee, I will be starting my student teaching next fall, so I found your post very helpful. I agree with what Mary and Jessica said in their responses. I think it is a great idea to make resources available to parents that were not accessible to them. I also agree you should form a good rela...

by Lindsay Thompson > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM

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New Teachers
STEM Resources
This is a website that has STEM activities, resources, and various other information. The lessons and activities are created by real classroom teachers and high school students for classrooms of various ages/grade levels.  http://gamingresearchintegrationforlearninglab.com/

by Taylor Walden > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:44 AM

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

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

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STEM
What does STEM teaching look like?
I had a wonderful conversation yesterday in Sacramento at the CSTA Annual Conference with Page Keeley around the origins of STEM, and was inspired by my conversation with Jeff Weld in Baltimore last week at the NSTA Regional Conversation on creating a stem culture and building school-business STEM p...

by Alison Thalmann > Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:38 AM

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STEM
Now You "Sea" Ice, Now You Don't
http://static.nsta.org/files/PB225Xweb.pdf The above topic about climate change covers science, math, language arts, and social studies! The plan for the  lesson is available. ---may need to adapt to your grade level. Our district used it during a district learning day. I attempted to use the les...

by Cleopatra Thomas > Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:02 PM

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

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

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Physical Science
Urban Habitat
Dear Victoria I recommend to you the I-Naturalist repository (inaturalist.org) and the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org). These two web pages, although they are different institutions, the two complement each other. With EOL, you can create collections of living things of any kind, and since it works ...

by Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa > Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:35 AM

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Elementary Science
Motion simulations for students.
Michael, Can you be more specific about what phenomena or concept(s) you are investigating with the simulation? If your school uses NGSS, if you go to the NGSS@NSTA website, click on standards, then school, then choose a group you are interested in and scroll down to the bottom of the page ...

by Alison Hapka > Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:30 AM

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Physical Science
Classroom Changes due to NGSS - Your opinions matter! Please share them!
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am conducting a r...

by Angela Holt > Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:03 PM

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

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

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Physical Science
Classroom Management
Hi Katie -- It's true that good classroom management comes with experience, as you discover what does, and does not, work with your students. It's important for students to get excited about what they are doing. But channeling that excitement and focusing on safety is important, too. This blog m...

by Mary Bigelow > Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:09 PM

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Elementary Science
Curricular and Pedagogical Reform in the Science Classroom
Dear Science Educator:  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey to assist with my dissertation research.  I am cond...

by Angela Holt > Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:16 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Scholarships for Inquiry in the Amazon PD Workshop - July 1-11, 2018
Hi everyone - Just wanted to let you know that there are $1100 scholarships available for you to join the 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon held annually in Peru from July 1-11.  Scholarship deadline is Feb. 1, 2018.   We've also had over 10 Fund For Teachers Fellows join us and the...

by Dillabaugh > Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:38 PM

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Professional Development
EDUCATORS TO ICELAND
I'm organizing the ultimate field trip for formal and informal educators! Picture yourself on a 9-day trip to Iceland with colleagues interested in experiencing the dynamic interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Join us to experience phenomena-based science teachin...

by Kottie Christie-Blick > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:44 AM

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Professional Development
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Hi Rachel. I worked for nine years at a private alternative ed school in NW PA and we used an indoor greenhouse in the winter and elevated planters when the weather was nice. I had kids up to 18 years old and they loved the opportunity to work with plants. Hydroponics is tough if you aren't th...

by James Johnson > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:07 AM

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Life Science
Engagement
The article, "The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Personal Re ections and Contemporary Implications" is a great article relating to the 5E lesson plan. This articles stated the 5 areas of creating a 5E lesson plan. The 5 E's are; Engaged, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. I really like thi...

by Kelsey Katcher > Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:59 PM

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Professional Development
Advice?
Hello Megan! How exciting! I am currently student teaching and taking a course to better support our MLL students in our classrooms. We are learning that becoming involved and getting to "know" your students is a great start! Being aware of the cultures that are in your class and where the students...

by Alyssa Garcia > Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:54 PM

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Elementary Science
Technical Writing: Sketching with Writing to Learn Science
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Sketching with Writing to Learn Science The Underlying Research That writing summaries or other "self-explanations" can improve learning of scientific topics (that is, re...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:20 AM

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STEM
Integrating Fairy Tales and Engineering
I love what captures a child's imagination. I think it is one reason I love blending STEM and theater...we have lovely conversations about what is possible and not (physics or magic) and how can we make it look like something it is not - constrained by safety, budget and physics. As I read this ...

by Wendi Laurence > Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:03 AM

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Elementary Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hi Kimberlee and Dorothy, When I taught anatomy and physiology, I also had my students dissect a chicken wing to observe the structure and the function of the joints as well as the macroscopic view of all of the different types of tissue. The specimen is raw so that students can observe fresh ti...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:10 PM

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Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hello Dorothy, I first give the students a list of anatomical directions (superior, inferior, distal, proximal,medial, lateral, anterior, posterior) to define. I then have them cut three bears (with scissors or a scalpel); one bear is cut in the sagittal plane, one is cut in the frontal plane, an...

by Kathryn Hebert > Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:02 PM

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Life Science
Student's engagement
Hi Zeina, This is such a great question and so important to teach our students. we know if they are not interested they are not going to learn. We want active participants but also not to just teach to be teaching but we want to enrich the lives of those kids who are coming into our classroom. Th...

by Jessica Holman > Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:59 AM

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New Teachers
Novel for Earth Science - Middle School
How about The Martian (Andy Weir). There is a classroom edition (bad language removed) available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Martian-Classroom-Novel-Andy-Weir/pro...0804189358

by DeWolf > Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:14 PM

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Earth and Space Science
New Question
Gosh, we use Promethean Boards for certain sites, videos for phenomenon, microscopes, Vernier probeware with labquests for data collection and analysis. If I had the funding I would have a classroom set so that we could have access to data collection and GPS. When you get an opportunity, it would be...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:38 PM

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New Teachers
Must Have - New Teacher
I agree with you Ruth! Definitely display student work. Graphs they create during group work, sometimes we have created PSA posters about science safety, pollution, and whatever is related to the topic we are working on at that time.

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:01 AM

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New Teachers
Engaging Websites
Hi Rebekah, I found a couple of resources that may be of help. The first article (link below) gives some apps that can be used in your classroom. While these aren't websites, they may give you a starting point in your search: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss14_037_09_4...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:16 AM

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Early Childhood
New Question
How much part of technology is involve in the daily science lecture? I know long are the days we used to use chalk boards and overheads. What programs or specific instruction do you like to teach using the new tech that is available in classroom? Thanks, Karely 

by Karely Rios > Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:43 AM

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New Teachers
Getting girls involved in Science
In my class at university we recently did the "Draw A Scientist Test" and it was predominantly a white haired male in a laboratory setting wearing a white coat (mine included). I would say that we have to take away the social stigma of items that are for "boys" or "girls" in our classes, some of the...

by Scott Way > Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:45 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
I think there are a lot of hands on activities you can do for science with kindergarteners!! When teaching about the different states of matter with my second graders, I did a walk around the school and outside with them looking for the different states of matter. They really enjoyed it because they...

by Ashtyn Riley > Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:36 PM

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Early Childhood
Activities in the Science classroom
It is difficult in elementary schools to meet all of the expectations in a day. One of the best ways is to integrate - not just putting science in with a book about something scientific. Instead try thinking about how your math lesson could connect, can you revisit your writing tasks this week with ...

by Wendi Laurence > Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:03 AM

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Elementary Science
Pre-service advice
Experiments in a science classroom/lab can be the most difficult to handle with any grade level. I think it is important to have all materials ready before any experiment and make sure to place them either somewhere not visible to the students during the lesson until they begin with the experiment o...

by Isabella Villarreal > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:27 PM

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Elementary Science
Student Teaching in Pre Kinder
Hi everybody! I am currently doing an internship in Pre Kinder and they are bilingual. I would like to know what are ways of implementing labs for the students. They are so young, and since I have no experience I would truly appreciate any suggestion.  Thank you!

by Juanny Posada > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:24 PM

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Early Childhood
Pre-service advice
Leslie, you can use the button at the top that is labeled, Explore All Resources, and narrow down each topic you are interested in. You can then add the articles, lesson plans, etc to your library, (My Library.) I highly recommend the books in the NSTA Bookstore titled, Picture Perfect Science. The ...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hi Brittany - I'm also teaching Anatomy & Physiology for the first time again in years. Looking for creative labs that are NGSS aligned. Several colleagues recommended: Feets of Clay or Anatomy in Clay . Where you use a skeleton and clay for students to model muscles and other stru...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:22 AM

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Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Hi Kathryn - Creative idea! Do you have any notes to share on how you run your Gummi Bear dissection lab? Dorothy

by Dorothy Ginnett > Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:15 AM

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Life Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I think it is important to change the definition of a scientist as they might think of it now. Many children imagine a scientist as an old gray stuffy man surrounded by test tubes and beakers. In order to get kids, especially girls, interested in science it may be helpful to show them scientists tha...

by Leslie Pervere > Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:15 AM

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Elementary Science
NGSS Posters
Melissa, We have new posters available. Let me know if you want some shipped to your school. Gary

by Gary Myers > Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:35 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technology in the Science Classroom
There are some really cool apps available for the iPhone/iPad. A few of them are: Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe NASA Visualization Explorer Project Noah Science Through Photography Not all of these are free, but they al have great reviews!

by Meredith Kressen > Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:55 PM

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Early Childhood
Food/Cooking Chemistry Project?
Hi Chris, Sounds like an interesting project! A few years ago I took one of the edX MOOC courses called " HarvardX: SPU27.1x Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science " and it had a fair amount of chemistry included. The course can be audited so that you can join for free a...

by Rebecca Falin > Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:31 PM

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Chemistry
laboratory Experiments in Primary Classrooms
Many classrooms in the primary grades are not well equipped for experiments, how do teachers implement experimentation in these grades? Are they teacher demonstrations or do students work in groups?

by Shannon Birkhoff > Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Science instruction
Hi, I am a future teacher and my question is that if it is required to have an experiment/lab on each class related to science? For me it is better because students will understand it better, but maybe there are rules that say that only certain times an experiment/lab can be used Thanks in advance.

by Ashley Millan > Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:45 PM

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Elementary Science
Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Three-Dimensional Text Effectiveness The Early Insight In the late 1970s F.J. Bethke gathered a team of engineers at IBM's Santa Teresa laboratory in California to inv...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:15 AM

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STEM
Anatomy and Physiology
I do a gummy bear dissection lab to teach anatomical planes and directions. The students enjoy it and they get to eat the leftover undissected gummies.

by Kathryn Hebert > Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:13 AM

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Life Science
Success For All, Takes Us All
Please join us for our next "Success for All, Takes us All" Meetups on September 30th and October 28th, when we will be learning how to bring coding into our classrooms. Please be sure to sign up in the Meetup...there are only 30 seats available. bit.ly/Meetup_SuccessforAll Please check out the r...

by Alison Thalmann > Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:28 PM

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Professional Development
Kindergarten activities
Hello, Michelle! It is meaningful to create some science activities for incoming kindergarten students! From my perspective, we should take several things into consideration when we are designing science activities for them. First, the safety issue is of vital importance. Any material that has po...

by Yi Wang > Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:29 PM

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Early Childhood
Student Teaching - Chemistry
I'm so glad you asked this question because I teach elementary aged students and they love, love, LOVE hands-on physics and chemistry experiments. While teaching safety procedures at the beginning of the year, I usually ask them how to blow up a balloon without touching it. I saved plastic water...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:01 PM

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New Teachers
Food/Cooking Chemistry Project?
The chemistry of food and the physics of cooking can be really engaging for students! If the course will be taught in a science lab, it is important that eating not be allowed in the lab. Here is an article by Key Roy, NSTA's safety expert on Eating in the lab

by Mary Bigelow > Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:36 PM

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Chemistry
Groupwork
I did my graduate research on group work and collaborative learning.   I found that allowing them to pick their own groups was rarely effective.  I often had kids complain about their partners not pulling their weight and my response was "you picked them".  They generally pick their friends, with...

by Chris Leverington > Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:35 PM

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New Teachers
spectrophotometer
Hi Shawn, I use my spectrometer in chemistry, but there are some applications for biology as well. It can also be used to study photosynthesis. Chlorophyll and other plant pigments absorb light in the visible spectrum. Vernier has several different labs that can be done with their spectropho...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:30 AM

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Life Science
Forensic science curriculum?
Hi Melinda, Trying to put together a new class can be a daunting task.  Here's some forensic resources that might be helpful.  I've used these sources for forensic ideas in my chemistry and physical science classes.  If you haven't used the Learning Center Library yet, that would be a great place...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:02 AM

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General Science and Teaching
spectrophotometer
The photosynthesis lab for AP bio. You can also use food coloring so the student know how to use it. I had a student come back to me a few years ago so happy that she was the only one in her college science class that use one before. This gave me the reason to keep using it. Jackie

by Jacqueline DiLorenzo > Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:48 AM

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Life Science
Elementary Science Specialists
[ul] Do you coach teachers or meet directly with students? If you coach teachers, how and when does this occur? If you meet with students—how often and for how long? Is the teacher with you or is science considered a "special"? [color=#575655][size=1][font="Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, ...

by Angela Adams > Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:45 PM

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Elementary Science
spectrophotometer
I "found" a spectrophotometer in an abandoned lab room at my school.  I was wondering does anybody use these in biology or AP Biology? It looks to be in very good shape. 

by Shawn Clark > Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:18 AM

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Life Science
Elementary Science Specialists
Mary, for the past three years I was a STEM Master Teacher. My position was funded by a federal grant. There were initially 5 elementary STEM teachers, 3 in middle school, and 2 in high school. We were still employed by our district and our pay was roughly the same as a classroom teacher. However, w...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:22 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 by Peggy Ashbrook http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=mOElq0krBP8_E The Powerful Practices series http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/ Uncovering Misconceptions: Elementary ...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 AM

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Early Childhood
What chairs or stools do you use for early elementary seating?
Hello, I teach science to students in grades 1 - 3. My students work at tables in teams.  I am making changes to the seating in my the science lab. I had metal stools with adjustable back rests but the back rests frequently come loose and are distracting. Also, students with low core strength hav...

by Michele Bassler > Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:32 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Elementary Science Specialists
A colleague from Australia is interested in hearing from elementary science specialists about similar job descriptions/conditions. Specifically: Do you coach teachers or meet directly with students? If you coach teachers, how and when does this occur? If you meet with students—how often a...

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:16 PM

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Elementary Science
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