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Teaching Science Vocabulary
Hi Vivian, It's true that teaching vocabulary in science is an integral part of understanding and it should not be left out. There are multiple strategies that can be used to help student acquire. Here are a couple of strategies I use with my high schoolers. For every unit, I decide on te...

by Ruth Hutson > Today, 4:14 PM

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Chemistry
Changes of Matter
Hello! There are many wonderful ways to show kindergartners how different materials can be changed by heating or cooling. Water is the first to come to mind because it can be shown in all three states of matter and students can observe how one substance can change in different ways depending on whet...

by Rida Rangoonwala > Today, 12:59 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Challenging Inquiry Based labs for Third Grade
Hello! I found a really interesting lab for teaching weathering versus eroding that could definitely be inquiry. You would need to pre-make some 'mountains' using rocks, dirt, and gelatin in order to do this experiment. You essentially create two separate 'mountains', one out of rocks and gelatin an...

by Christine Gadbois > Today, 10:50 AM

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Physical Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:05 AM

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New Teachers
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:01 AM

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Professional Development
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 9:00 AM

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STEM
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:59 AM

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Informal Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high sc...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:58 AM

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General Science and Teaching
PD in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Educator Workshop in Bermuda at The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies (BIOS) For further information please contact Ed Argenta, Vernon, CT educator and BIOS educator: edandpat74@comcast.net June 25 - 30, 2018 This Educator Training Workshop offers pre-service, middle and high ...

by Edward Argenta > Today, 8:56 AM

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Life Science
Weather & Climate lessons/unit
Students kept track of outdoor temperature & created a bar graph of temperature-we discussed what the graph tells us in terms of how we could use it to predict the next week's temperature. They also kept track of cloud cover & precipitation & wind speed. We didn't graph those. We used Brainpop & B...

by C Walsh > Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:15 AM

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Elementary Science
Evolution and Inquiry Based Learninig
Derrick, you might be interested in the virtual conference. Coming up is a virtual conference on March 3 - Teaching Controversial Topics in Science. You can learn more about the conference at the URL below: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference Registration is only $...

by Pam Dupre > Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:56 PM

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Life Science
Science Phenomena
Hi Kembela! I also didn't know much teaching phenomena until my current class with Professor Atwood-Blaine! I suggest following a 5E lesson plan when teaching! It is a great foundation to build a lesson to teach. The phases are Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate! (I will attach a...

by Keaton Despard > Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Chemistry is Awesome
Hello Lory- I wish that you had had a better experience in high school chemistry. For me, it was all about the labs - and seeing how (and why!) things react the way that they do with each other. I agree that just memorizing the periodic table isn't the greatest idea. Knowing that the Group IA met...

by DeWolf > Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:39 AM

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Chemistry
safety First
I agree. Ultimately, it is up to the teacher to make all procedures and expectations clear. I have been taught that before any experiment the instructor should go over all safety procedures. Furthermore, the instructor should take the time to familiarize the students with the various types of equ...

by Tracy Galle > Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:06 AM

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New Teachers
How to get Students involved in science
Hi Francisco, I really like you point out this question, because I used to be bored of science class. I still can remember that my science teacher always teach us obscure definitions, theories, and concepts. There was less lab and hands on activities during the class, we have to memorize all the kn...

by Yixiu Yan > Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:49 PM

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Elementary Science
Climate Change Education
Adapting to, and mitigating the effects of climate change remains an issue facing all of us. Strong efforts are continually being made to undermine the science behind our understanding this issue. The Idaho legislature has stripped all mention of human-induced climate change from the state's educati...

by DeWolf > Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Weather and Middle School
Have them try making a cloud in a bottle. The attached file mentions adiabatic temperature changes, but you do not need to go into it to that degree. Fizz Keepers are available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jokari-Fizz-Keeper-Pump-Caps-Pack-Count/dp/B0020ML3PM Temperature strips are ava...

by DeWolf > Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:31 PM

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Earth and Space Science
The Rock Cycle
Hello Stefanie! My name is Karina, and I too am a student teacher! You must feel very excited to be constructing a lesson plan over the Rock Cycle! For one I can say that time management is a big thing to keep in mind when developing a lesson. I do not know if you have ever heard of the 5E Lesson Pl...

by Karina Herrera > Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:17 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Field Trips
What do you think of the value of extended field trips? My school has taken third grade for a long day to Legoland and fifth grade to Marinelab for two nights. We are rethinking the trips. What should be considered?

by Marsha Fischer > Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:28 PM

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Elementary Science
Differentiation in Science
Hello Allison, There are many ways you can modify the experience for students with disabilities and if you want specific examples could you give us an idea of what kind of experiment and what kind of disabilities we are talking about? Keep in mind that the object of an experiment is to answer ...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:04 PM

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Elementary Science
To Server- NGSS Lesson Plans and Curriculum Development
I am assisting in teaching Science for Primary, Middle and Upper Grades. In helping develop Lesson Plans I have been faced with these questions and I need your help : 1. What components will need to be in the lesson plan in ordered to follow the NGSS Guide line? 2. What programs/texts do you feel ...

by Valerie Hardy > Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:29 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Differentiation in Science
First classroom culture is key. My gen ed class were always very welcoming and worked with my students from life skills who pushed in during science. The range of their abilities will help you determine what you can change. What ever you do, involve them! It means so much to them, their parents, and...

by Destiny Huggins > Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:30 AM

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Elementary Science
Virtual Conference March 3~Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Coming up is a virtual conference on March 3 - Teaching Controversial Topics in Science.  You can learn more about the conference at the URL below: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference Registration is only $63 for members and there is a $10 off offer (early bird) availabl...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:15 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Virtual Conference March 3
Coming up is a virtual conference on March 3 - Teaching Controversial Topics in Science.  You can learn more about the conference at the URL below: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference Registration is only $63 for members and there is a $10 off offer (early bird) availabl...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:12 PM

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New Teachers
Getting Parents Involved in Science
I have a survey for parents during back to school open house. I ask them what skill/talent/occupation they have that they would be willing to share with our class. One year I had a chemical engineer who came every Friday for a 30 minute lesson. He always had cool stuff to show the kids! Imagine, he ...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:44 AM

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Elementary Science
Pre-Service Teacher
Kendall, no matter how much you know or how much you don't know, each class will respond differently. Practice hands on lessons with family if possible. Always plan for worst case scenario. Impress upon students that safety is the #1 concern. If something spills or breaks let the teacher know immedi...

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:37 AM

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New Teachers
safety First
You are exactly right! Students do need to know safety precautions for all experiments. Many teachers begin each year teaching safety and going over their county's safety contract that is signed by both parents and students. Different types of safety (i.e.: glass safety or electrical safety) have sy...

by Susan Farmer > Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:00 PM

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New Teachers
Informal science for children that have yet to enter school?
Great question! I tell my students that they began learning everything we are studying in physical science in kindergarten. Some goals for pre-schoolers could include developing and maintaining their curiosity about the world around them , helping them enjoy scientific activity and helping them beg...

by Susan Farmer > Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:42 PM

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Informal Science
Teaching for Mastery
I'm so glad that you are being creative with ways to ensure that students have mastered the content. We use standards-based grading to try to accomplish the same thing. Students can watch your videos or read the book to prepare for discussions and labs on their specific standards. You can differenti...

by Susan Farmer > Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:09 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Getting the Students Excited About Science
Hey Aleida! I think it's great that you want to get students actually interested in science; I had some teachers who didn't seem to care regardless and their teaching methods really kept me from loving science as I otherwise might have. For one, having a good hook that draws on student's prior k...

by Rida Rangoonwala > Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:56 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Looking for Lesson Ideas 5th Grade
Hi, I am a first semester student teacher looking for ideas for a science lesson.  I live in Houston, Texas and will be presenting to a 5th grade class in the HISD.  The lesson must meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for the grade level.  It will be my first lesson to present in a ...

by Tracy Galle > Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:22 PM

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General Science and Teaching
safety First
Teachers need to consider whether an experiment could be hazardous or not. Planning is the key component Ken Roy described in his article "Safer Science Explorations for Young Child." The teacher needs to plan ahead and look at all the factors included in an experiment. The materials should be scrut...

by isaacah bell > Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:59 PM

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Elementary Science
safety First
After reading the article "safety First", by Judith Longfield I have concluded that when conducting experiments students need to know ahead of time safety precautions. Because the students lack of knowledge of chemicals, substances, and other hazards is so innocent, they should be provided a safety ...

by isaacah bell > Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:52 PM

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New Teachers
Hands On Activities
Hi Beatriz, An activity that you can implement in your classroom being a first year teacher is "Soo silly! Make your own Putty". I remember when i was little i was so excited to do hands on activities that i was able to take home. First you combine equal parts glue and liquid starch, mix well.Add B...

by Katiana Munro > Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:29 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching a Topic against one's belief
Our courses all have curriculum maps (required) that are posted to the district website for parent review. So, there is no further burden on the teacher to inform parents of any "troubling" topics. Science provides the framework and model for understanding our world is not about anyone's beliefs. If...

by DeWolf > Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:04 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Teaching with citizen science
Hello everyone, My name is Lisa and I am a curriculum developer for CosmoQuest, a space science project that aims to get students of all ages involved in doing science. Some of our citizen science projects focus on mapping the Moon, the asteroid Vesta, Mars or Mercury.  Our latest, Image De...

by Lisa Felix > Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:04 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching a Topic against one's belief
  I’ve heard many different ways that teachers respond to inquiries/complaints from students or parents about evolution, and most of them miss the point.  It’s easy to tell a student that (s)he needs to know it because it will be on the test , and it’s easy to tell a parent that we teach about it ...

by Matt Bobrowsky > Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:57 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Making Time
What are some tips on how to incorporate science in the classroom as much as possible with a limited amount of time available each week?

by Sara Gordon > Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:06 AM

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Early Childhood
Making Time
What are some tips on how to incorporate science in the classroom as much as possible with a limited amount of time available each week?

by Sara Gordon > Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:06 AM

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Early Childhood
Keeping Students Engaged
Hi Andrea! I am also going to be a future educator. Some activities or ways to keep your students involved in the lesson is to have engaging, hands-on activities. These activities could also be partner or group work where they learn to collaborate and share ideas. Another one could be, have the stud...

by Katherine Nguyen > Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:29 PM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie! I'd like to remind you that STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I feel like when people think of STEM they focus a lot on the science part and seem to forget the rest. Technology is also a very important thing that impacts our students in every way. I am c...

by Yessica Castillo > Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 PM

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STEM
3rd grade science lesson plan
Hello Jesus, I am currently a student at UTRGV who is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. I came across your post and noticed that you are in need of a 5E lesson plan. A great lesson plan to introduce your class to science is a Science safety lesson. The following link h...

by Jose Herrera > Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:32 AM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science Activities
Payton, I really like your idea of group work and discussion in the classroom. This form of teaching should be implemented in every grade level. It is a positive way where students can learn from one another as they are collaborating together on a group project. Different roles are divided between...

by Lory Hernandez > Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:23 PM

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Life Science
Getting students involved and excited about science
Hi Haley, I am student teaching this semester in a 5th grade classroom. I have spoken many times with the 5th grade Science teacher about what type of lesson he teacher as well as what strategies he uses to get the students engaged and motivated. He tells me that all of his lessons are written in...

by Eddy Martinez > Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:09 PM

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Elementary Science
Pre-Service Teacher
I agree with you Samantha. I am a student teacher and I am just learning about NSTA. I have looked around the site and am truly amazed at all the resources that are available to us though NSTA. I love that I am able to add this into my list of resources and be able to share this site and the ideas I...

by Hina Anwar > Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:31 PM

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New Teachers
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Hi Kevin! Inquiry based learning is important, even in the younger elementary grades. When students engage in inquiry based learning they are developing problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills. Students learn to take ownership over their own learning. Inquiry-based learning provid...

by Grace Nielsen > Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:44 PM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Jennifer and Ana! I appreciate you both sharing your teaching and learning experiences during student teaching. It does give creative ideas of how to integrate science and math into reading and language arts class. Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering(STEM) are crucial subjects that...

by Bianca Balderas > Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:41 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie! I think it could be a lot of fun to implement STEM in your future Kindergarten classroom. Research states that implementing STEM at a young age can really help your students in the long run! I think providing your students with hands on activities that are developmentally appropriate w...

by Ana Gonzalez > Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:07 AM

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STEM
New Member to NSTA!
Hello everyone!  My name is Kohleen Mendoza a student at the University of Houston Main Campus. I'm getting my degree in EC-6th generalist, and I'm hoping to work with 2nd to 5th graders. I do want to teach science, so I'm looking forward to collaborating and talking with everyone here at NSTA. H...

by Kohleen Mendoza > Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:56 PM

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Elementary Science
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Kevin- It seems like you have gotten a lot of great responses to inquiry-based learning for younger grades! I know that it may seem quite difficult to allow students to take the reigns of their learning and use evidence to analyze and interpret data to develop conclusions at such a young age. Hon...

by Katie Schlegel > Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:15 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM programs
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I am student teaching in a first-grade classroom, and like Lindsey mentioned, most of us are already using STEM all around us. I would implement STEM in my future classroom by crafting activities that allow the students to use creativity, h...

by Naimah Urfi > Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:50 PM

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STEM
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Kevin- I am in an Elementary School Science class, as an undergraduate at UNI. I have loved learning about all of the inquiries there are in science! I believe that inquiry based learning is very beneficial for students especially in the lower elementary grades. Kevin, there are also different t...

by Brianna Marvin > Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:46 PM

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Elementary Science
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Kevin- I am in an Elementary School Science class, as an undergraduate at UNI. I have loved learning about all of the inquiries there are in science! I believe that inquiry based learning is very beneficial for students especially in the lower elementary grades. Kevin, there are also different t...

by Brianna Marvin > Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:46 PM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Leslie, I believe STEM is best implemented by allowing creativity, expression, and collaboration in the classroom. In all grades, but especially in the lower grades, I have noticed that students often learn best from each other. I would begin implementing STEM by designing activities around group...

by Kelsey Nason > Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:56 PM

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STEM
Science in the Classroom
Hi Julie. I am also a student teacher. I am student teaching in a 4th grade math and science class. I can sympathize. While, my mentor teacher and I have not done any experiments with the students, they get rowdy when doing activities such as, illustrating weathering and erosion. I can imagine how r...

by Isabel Asker > Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:50 PM

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New Teachers
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Kevin, Like others have stated, inquiry in the classroom is very important. In my experience throughout my schooling in Elementary Education and working as a lead teacher in a daycare, I have learned just how important inquiry is to a child's learning. Not only in science but all aspects of learnin...

by Jenna Leonard > Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:26 PM

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Elementary Science
Classroom managment with interactive science
Mercy, I am a first semester student teacher and I am working with some terrific teachers. I will tell you how they are able to handle their students and keep things moving at a nice pace without many distractions or incidents. At the beginning of the year the students, along with the teachers al...

by Tracy Galle > Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:07 AM

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Elementary Science
Technology in Science Education
Hi Annmarie! From a student teacher perspective, just some ideas, but you could try incorporating BrainPop videos because these some informative, engaging for kids to watch. Another idea, but depending on the grade level, you could ask your students to create a picture of their "scientific thinking"...

by Katherine Nguyen > Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:31 PM

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Elementary Science
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Hi Kevin! Recently, I have learned a lot about inquiry based learning and how to incorporate it into my lessons. The one thing to remember is that there are four different levels of inquiry based learning. The lowest level is Confirmation lab. This is where the teacher provides the problem, procedur...

by Tera Porter > Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:57 AM

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Elementary Science
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Hi Kevin! I am currently taking Teaching Elementary School Science, as an undergraduate. I also love using the 5E lesson plan/model for any lesson I want to teach in any subject! I saw that others mentioned it before me but I thought I would dive deeper into it for you! If you are not familiar with ...

by Keaton Despard > Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:52 AM

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Elementary Science
Family Science
I would like to add that at my school we also have an Astronomy Night. We have played with the names "Starry Night" and "Star Nigh Party." Anyways, my district in Los Angeles had bought this inflatable planetarium dome for schools to use. I didn't know this until a friend from another school told me...

by Gilberto Garcia > Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:24 PM

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Elementary Science
safety and Science with Elementary Students
Hi Sarah! For starters, I would check with the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Education to see what is listed for safety requirements. Another good approach is to always check for allergies. A seemingly safe and innocent activity can have profound impacts on kids who may ha...

by James Johnson > Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:00 AM

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Elementary Science
Pre-Service Teacher
I'm so excited to have joined NSTA I love all the resources that are available to me and it's awesome to be able to build relationships and make connections with teachers around the world!

by Alyssa Edwards > Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:11 PM

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New Teachers
Helping Students Become Excited About Space
Dear Adam, I like your question. A few years ago I worked with NASA - on the Hubble Space Telescope project. It was a great experience. Now I am at NSTA and enjoy sharing the resources that are available for educators to bring the learning to the classroom. I did a quick search on the Learning...

by Flavio Mendez > Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:52 PM

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Earth and Space Science
safety and Science with Elementary Students
Dear Sarah, Great question, and congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I did a quick search for articles about "safety" in the Science and Children elementary school journal from NSTA. I found a few for you - take a look, it might a good place to start! Take care, Flavio. http://c...

by Flavio Mendez > Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:41 PM

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Elementary Science
safety and Science with Elementary Students
Hello! I am a senior at the University of Arkansas studying Childhood Education. As I will be teaching a science lesson for one of my courses this year (and many, many more in the future), I was wondering if any experienced teachers had any advice on safety procedures with elementary students. Wh...

by Sarah Halford > Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:01 PM

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Elementary Science
NGSS Coach
Margaret, I have worked as an elementary STEM Master Teacher for the past three years and currently I am a lead teacher who helps teachers with curriculum and models lessons. I have worked at 5 different elementary schools in a rotation. The majority of what I learned was that many of teachers are r...

by Pamela Dupre > Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Cells are the fundamental unit of life
I start the unit by doing an activity similar to this and the kids get really interested in how the cells grow or shrink. It is a good way to review measurement skills - circumference and mass. Then, I like this activity as a formative assessment. Then I have my 7th graders make their own analog...

by Sarah Horan > Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:36 AM

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Life Science
Free NGSS Posters from Vernier
Are these still available? If so can I please have some sent to me? Name Allison Pyatt Email apyatt@cusd.kahoks.org Title science teacher 8th grade School...

by Allison Pyatt > Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:12 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM as a "special"??
Beth and everyone, You might also post this question on the STEM, earlychildhood and elementary email lists/listservs run by NSTA . You will add to the conversation and reach even more experienced NSTA members. The responses come to email instead of being archived on a platform but the conversa...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:01 AM

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STEM
New Position - TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND SCIENCE EDUCATOR
PART-TIME TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND SCIENCE EDUCATOR [color=#4c3f3a] [size=4][font=Source Sans Pro]The Education Department at the Queens Botanical Garden provides workshops and tours to a large and diverse audience. The Teacher Professional Learning and Science Educator will primar...

by Gennadyi Gurman > Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:52 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teaching science
I'm very intrigued by your post. It's interesting that you said you thought science was boring as a student and now, as a teacher that you love teaching science! What changed? When teachers are excited and passionate about a subject, it makes the subject exciting for the students. My tip is to try...

by Pam Dupre > Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:17 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Survey for High School Science Teachers
Dear High School Science Teacher, My name is Anna Pierce and I am a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. I am researching the attitudes and intentions of high school science teachers regarding the implementation of Next Gen...

by Anna Pierce > Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:26 PM

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Research in Science Education
Chemical help
Hi Lauren, The bottle that you have in your lab is hydrochloric acid which is for what HCl stands. The 0.1M refers to its concentration.  You have a 0.1 molar solution.  To make a one molar (1M) solution you dissolve the molar mass of hydrogen chloride which is approximately 36 grams in 1 li...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:34 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Chemical help
I have a bottle in my lab that reads "0.1m HCl 1"  Can anyone interpret that for me?  

by Lauren Angelone > Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:01 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teacher
So, we always talk about safety from day one and about how almost every school rule is there for safety reasons. Like, no running in the hall! So then we discuss how to handle materials and everyone has a certain job. I make sure to restate many many many times that I will only be upset if they don'...

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:29 PM

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New Teachers
Do you know a good simulation program?
When I taught middle school, I also liked using University of Utah's Aspire Simple Machines simulations, http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/Machines/, and for younger grades Bite Size Science at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/. Hope these help!

by Debbie Morgan > Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:44 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Science in the Classroom
I don't mind students talking during experiments when the discussion is about the topic at hand. Make sure you set the expectation and model what a productive discussion looks like. You may have to have a set of questions prepared in advance. My students create science journals so they must record t...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:18 PM

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New Teachers
NEW teacher
Hi Kelsey, welcome! Do the best you can and by reaching out on the forums, that shows that you want to do everything in your power to be the best you can be. When I discuss the first year of teaching with other teachers, we all agree that we wish we could have a do-over. There is no way you can know...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:13 PM

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New Teachers
Exploration of Analogies Employed in a High School Chemistry Class
Dear Chemistry Teacher,   I am a researcher from the University of Northern Colorado, department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  I would like to invite you to participate in a confidential survey regarding the use of analogies in the chemistry classroom.  The result of this survey will help the ch...

by Corina Brown > Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:05 PM

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Chemistry
Student Teaching
Hello Stephen, I found some resources within the Learning Center that may be of help! The first two are journal articles: Creating STEM Kits: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc17_055_01_36 STEM Trade Books (K-12): http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc17_054_06_71...

by Megan Doty > Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:42 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Early Childhood Learning Strategies
Hello Mariana, I hope I can help! Every issue of the Science and Children issue is available within the Learning Center, and all include at least two free articles! These have strategies for all early childhood and elementary students, so I would browse through to see if you find anything speci...

by Megan Doty > Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:56 AM

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Early Childhood
Full STEAM Ahead: Ladera Elementary School, Thousand Oaks
I am looking forward to my visit to Ladera Elementary School tomorrow! From now until 2018-2019, Ladera will undergo a physical transformation as well as an educational transition to a new STEAM-centric learning model as they become a STEAM focused magnet school - Ladera's STARS Academy.  I am ex...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:31 PM

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Professional Development
Amount of time for science in the classroom
Yes - this is often the norm in elementary classrooms due to fear of falling behind on test scores. This also often happens to Social Studies. I have been an Elementary Science Specialist and would tell you that the best thing to do is schedule regular time for the Science- do as many hands-on thing...

by Julie Alexander > Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:31 AM

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Elementary Science
2018 Teacher To-Be
Hello Jennefer! Here are some things I can offer as advice: safety IS ALWAYS FIRST! be sure to familiarize yourself with the safety requirements in your district. check safety equipment and have issues attended to. print off and READ the safety sheets for chemicals, tools, etc. ...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:32 PM

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New Teachers
Chemistry with a Microscope
Hi Michael, Check out this article, that includes an activity where students observe the crystals within a copper deposit. Let me know what you think! http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2ftst09_076_09_42 Does anyone else have other labs that use microscopes? -M...

by Megan Doty > Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:44 PM

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Chemistry
MESTA Facebook Page
Hello everyone. The Michigan Earth Science Teachers just added a new Facebook page. We will be using this page to announce events - including our summer field conference to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. If you teach about the Great Lakes - this family-frien...

by DeWolf > Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:11 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I can also agree that a lot of times girls aren't interested in science. I was one of them. One of the things I've learned from both my college classes and my job at a daycare is that the more hands-on activities are, the better success you have at getting students (and not just boy students, girls ...

by Stephanie Blunk > Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:06 PM

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Elementary Science
FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
Hello Carolyn, Card sorts is a really interesting idea that supports multi intelligence and sensory learners! I would like to used this for more complex content areas such as science or math in the elementary environment. I could have my science students categorize card sorts into two piles. One ...

by jessica payton > Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:06 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
3D Printing in schools
Thank you for sharing this! I also know very little about 3-D printing. I know I have one available to me on campus (I am a preservice teacher) but I have been too scared to try it out! After reading this article, I am beginning to think that I should familiarize myself with ways to use a 3-printer ...

by Brooke Tatz > Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:15 AM

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Professional Development
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Hi Kevin! I am currently taking a undergraduate course called "Methods of Teaching Science" and we also have a major focus on inquiry-based learning. Personally, I believe that inquiry-based learning is great for students because it gives them a chance to think for themselves instead of merely b...

by Brooke Tatz > Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:43 AM

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Elementary Science
Teaching lab safety
Hi! I loved the what not to do in the lab cartoon! This will be great for students to do because the cartoon gives many examples of what not to do in a lab. Also the video helps reinforce the important of lab safety to students.

by Kia Shields > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:30 AM

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Chemistry
Teaching lab safety
Hi! Whoa! This experiment will most definitely teach to students the importance of tying back long hair in the lab!

by Kia Shields > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 AM

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Chemistry
Teaching lab safety
Hi! I like this idea. From a student sitting out from a lab, they will learn what they need to do right next time so they get to do the lab with their classmates rather than with the teacher.

by Kia Shields > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:26 AM

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Chemistry
Teaching lab safety
Hi! This sounds like a great idea! Students will be engaged with finding all of the answers to the scavenger hunt. Also, students will be learning the names and uses of the lab equipment.

by Kia Shields > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:24 AM

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Chemistry
Classroom Management
I think having classroom rules for not just everyday but also for science is something that should be established right away. safety is a big thing is science if you are doing an experiment, so making sure your students know the rules in the class before even getting start would be great. Classroom ...

by Halle Moshier > Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 PM

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Elementary Science
Student teaching soon
It's pretty normal to be nervous no matter the age group. I taught 2nd grade for quite a while and the biggest thing with that age group is to let them know what to expect. Make sure they know that you will be using the same rules the regular teacher set in place and you have the same behavioral exp...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:15 PM

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New Teachers
Science Classroom safety
Hi! I agree that teachers should create a classroom lab rules for students. Students need to know the expectations when working in the lab. It is important for all students to enjoy science experiments but safety is number one. I am also a student teacher and I plan on creating a lab safety contr...

by Kia Shields > Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:31 PM

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General Science and Teaching
States of Matter Lesson Ideas
I find that with google there are a ton of good resources that not only come from searching things about, but also using sources like google doc for collaborating with other students or teachers on a shared document, and also with adding meaningful links and resources to the google pages. Google, al...

by Katherine Ortega > Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:59 PM

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Elementary Science
Gardening in the Classroom
Hi! I think this is a great idea. You could do so much with gardening and the students really enjoy it. I think it all depends on the space you have available. You can either section off a space outside in the school or use a bin to do it indoors. I remember when I was elementary my teacher gave us ...

by Brenda Toledo > Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:55 PM

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Elementary Science