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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 > Today, 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
Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Real-World STEM Problems...in Communication Anne Jolly begins her June, 2017, blog post for CTQ Collaboratory by urging that If you want to engage students and get the...

by bad_account bad_account > Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:18 AM

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STEM
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
Week 11 Articles
Topic: Adapting the Science  Curriculum I read the article “Interactive Word Walls: Transforming Content Vocabulary Instruction” by Julie Jackson, Sherry Tripp, and Kimberly Cox. This article discusses how word walls can be interactive for students to learn science vocabulary terms. Students are ...

by Kia Shields > Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:04 PM

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Early Childhood
Week 3 Articles
Topic: Misconceptions I read the article “Idea Bank: Melting a Misconception” by Jill Merolla. This article is about a lab performed by high school students. The lab is usually done by freshman students to introduce them into learning how to manipulate variables in experiments. Students begin the...

by Kia Shields > Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:01 PM

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Early Childhood
Article Review One
HI Hannah! I agree that science observation start at an early age. For observations, students can state the color, physical appearance and what the object is made up. Teaching students at this young age how science works is very important. Many people think scientists are just old men in lab coat...

by Kia Shields > Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:57 PM

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Early Childhood
Eclipses and Eye safety by Charles Fulco Review
Hello everyone!! I just wanted to share some of my thoughts after reading the article Eclipses and Eye safety by Charles Fulco. I chose this article to read because I am currently taking an Astrobiology class and we are taking about the recent solar eclipse that happened over the summer. I know t...

by Megan Grano > Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:50 PM

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Informal Science
Heredity Activities
I am a student teacher and I am planning a unit in Genetics. One lab I have found that connects the inheritance of traits to probability and parents is found here: https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/variations_on_a_human_face.html#.U5cw47HD_cs Students work in pairs and flip coins. Each...

by Lindsay Williams > Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:19 AM

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Life Science
Classroom Management
Hi Hilary, I am currently in my last year of school and taking my methods course for elementary science. We spent some time working on ways to make science rules more fun and motivating. We learned and discussed to create these as a class at the beginning of the year and change them throughout th...

by Madison Moburg > Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:51 PM

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Elementary Science
Classroom Management
I am currently in a course about Classroom Management, here are a few tips that might be useful! 1. Assign roles: When you give roles to each student, it makes them responsible for the whole group and is a great way to keep them focused and on task when roles are assigned. With that having an end...

by sabrina bumpke > Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:26 PM

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Elementary Science
Chemistry with a Microscope
Hello All, Does anyone have a chemistry lab that meaningfully incorporates the use of a microscope? Thank you, Michael

by Michael Hinton > Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:39 AM

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Chemistry
Solar System Lesson Plan
When I consider a replica of the solar system with my fifth graders I immediately think of relative distances between planets. Usually by fifth grade they have made the traditional models with the planets in perfect orbits right next to each other. This, however, is a big misconception. There are...

by Tracey Williams > Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:38 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Science Showcase
i would second the idea of using astronomy as a theme. Many students (and their parents) have never looked at the night sky through a telescope. Having one or more available could be a crowd-pleaser!

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:28 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Classroom Management
I got this idea from a friend and master science teacher: she had a chair in her classroom labeled Pluto. When a student could not participate in an activity due to behavior, he or she was sent to Pluto. As we know, at best it is far far out in the coldest regions of the solar system. At worst i...

by Tracey Williams > Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:20 PM

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Elementary Science
Classroom Management
I got this idea from a friend and master science teacher: she had a chair in her classroom labeled Pluto. When a student could not participate in an activity due to behavior, he or she was sent to Pluto. As we know, at best it is far far out in the coldest regions of the solar system. At worst i...

by Tracey Williams > Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:20 PM

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Elementary Science
article review 4
I read an article which combines 5E circles and using technology to enhance learning and the name of the article is “Inventive Learning Stations”. Olga Jarrett finds that students loved doing science and that I could engage them in investigations with few materials if I set up hands-on learning stat...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:07 PM

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Early Childhood
Classroom Management
I think establishing rules for the classroom and rules for experiments is first priority. The rules should be posted and known by all the students. Also, having safety rules because some experiments can be dangerous if not properly done. This is important for teachers to establish to keep the enviro...

by Olivia Wooff > Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:47 PM

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Elementary Science
Food Chain
Even though I have not personally taught about food chains, I found this book that could be used to help teach about food chains: What Eats what in the Rainforest Food Chain (I put the link below). In my classroom, I would use this book as the "Explain" aspect of the 5E's. I would then allow each ch...

by Ashtyn Riley > Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Evolution and Inquiry Based Learninig
A few weeks ago, I taught a 10 day unit plan for my practicum class in a 10th grade biology class. I taught evolution and it went decently well but most of my lesson plans revolved around a more traditional approach: do a mini lecture then do a dry lab then a worksheet. I know there is nothing inher...

by Derrick Walter > Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:01 PM

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Life Science
Solar system help
Hello Morgan, I found two articles that I hope can help! The first describes an activity in which you utilize the hallway in your school to demonstrate the actual distance between planets: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss09_032_08_56 The second consists of ...

by Megan Doty > Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:50 PM

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New Teachers
Science Classroom safety
Hi! Thanks for sharing! I definitely agree with your post, science safety is extremely important and should be taken into consideration when purchasing lab equipment, lesson planning, and speaking with parents (according to the articles). I believe being proactive is the best way to avoid any sci...

by Isis Mena > Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:03 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Science Classroom safety
Hello, These articles are fantastic to help inform teachers and students about safety. I also have been learning about safety in the lab in school, and I now realize the importance of safety procedures, planning, and implementing them on a constant basis. It is important that students are aware ...

by Alexandra Rey > Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:58 AM

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General Science and Teaching
First Day of School Science Activities
Hello Lauren, A good beginning of the school year activity would be one that gets students thinking about the scientific progress to set the standard for the labs that would come for the rest of the year. Some ways to do this are setting up different stations that could be good for observation like,...

by Antonia Passalacqua > Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:01 PM

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Life Science
Classroom Management
Hilary, I think if you have your students set up in groups that it will be easier for you and then the students won’t have to be moving around all the time. With this set up, the students are already to be set up in groups and will be able to work and collaborate while sitting in their seats. The...

by Jessica Armstrong > Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:03 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Classroom safety
I too read these articles and they were very helpful. I think learning about this early on helps us to become good science teachers because we will be aware of the classroom safety needs in our science classrooms. safety is something important for students to learn and teaching them about it more ma...

by christina charles > Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:31 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Garden Activities
In my art class, we had to create a STEAM project. I had never done this before so I struggled a little bit at first. This is what I came up with, it may help a bit. Students were to each plant a seed in the "classroom garden" located near the window (if you have an actual garden that's even better!...

by Karina Gonzalez > Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:01 PM

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Life Science
lab safety
Hello...I agree with you about the enforcement of lab safety in science classrooms. I'm also struggling with it when it comes to my students who are behaviorally challenged. Usually, I give them the lab safety Contract by Flinn (you can google it), then give them a test about Do's and Don't while do...

by Joselyn Hermoso > Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 PM

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Chemistry
lab safety
Hello...I agree with you about the enforcement of lab safety in science classrooms. I'm also struggling with it when it comes to my students who are behaviorally challenged. Usually, I give them the lab safety Contract by Flinn (you can google it), then give them a test about Do's and Don't while do...

by Joselyn Hermoso > Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 PM

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Chemistry
lab safety
Hello everyone! I am a preservice teacher and am currently observing in a biology classroom. Next semester I will be taking over the classroom and full-time student teaching. The importance of safety in the lab has ben engrained in my head since I began studying education. Since I have been observin...

by Maci Budzik > Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:52 PM

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Chemistry
Ecology
Hey! I am about to start my Student Teaching in the spring as well! Good luck! I am currently in Ecology this fall semester here at my university and in my lab we do some great activities. I'm not sure what level you are teaching but some of them could probably simplified to meet your standar...

by Christopher Hunt > Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:17 PM

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Life Science
Classroom set up
Hi, all! After I read all the replies, I really learned a lot in how to set up small groups in the classroom. I think it is important for teachers to learn how to manage small groups. The ideas of cooperative and collaborative groups help me to think about my future classroom. Thank you so much all...

by Wei Hua > Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:46 PM

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Research in Science Education
Engagement Ideas
I am a pre-service teacher trying to come up with different ideas for my future classroom. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about how to keep high-school students engaged in labs and lectures while keeping the content on grade level. I know inquiry learning will help with this, but I also ...

by Aleyna Durbin > Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:29 PM

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New Teachers
Classroom Behavior Management
Thank you all so much for your input! I am not sure if there was a safety lesson taught or not, that will be something I will have to ask my mentor teacher. In terms of them being unsafe, I may have mislead you by the way of my wording to make you think that they were using them in such an unsafe wa...

by Darcey Bodziony > Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:12 AM

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New Teachers
All This Science Podcast
Do you and/or your Science students want to contribute to the largest science safety song of all time. Visit http://tinyurl.com/vmcrew for the deets !

by Marsh Carroll > Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:37 AM

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General Science and Teaching
What does STEM teaching look like?
After reading through many discussions regarding STEM in the classroom, I am inspired to implement STEM in my future classroom as well! I am a pre-service teacher living in Houston, TX and will graduate with my Teaching and Learning degree in May. Once I have my own classroom, I plan to implement...

by Paxton Tsika > Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 PM

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STEM
Unique labs for Forces and Motion
When teaching the topics of forces and motion within the physical science classroom, are there any go to labs that are extremely impactful and memorable for students? I really want my students to experience this topic first hand since there is the capability to do so. I am on a block schedule and se...

by Alexandria Twichell > Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:55 PM

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Physical Science
Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom
NSTA's Ken Roy just published a blog on safety Guidelines for Guest Presentations with some things to consider, especially if your presenter is going to do demonstrations or bring materials into the classroom. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:57 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Science Classroom safety
I think it is always important to warn students about safety, especially if it is something that they do not usually deal with. This is something that can teach the students vocabulary, and help them gain common knowledge within the laboratory. Great resources!

by Allison Gandrup > Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:06 PM

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General Science and Teaching
National STEM Scholars Applications Now Open!
Hello educators and education professionals–   I’m contacting you to ask for your help in sharing this opportunity with middle school STEM teachers.   The National Stem Cell Foundation would like to introduce you to the National STEM Scholars program and ask you to share this information with an...

by Matthew Hughes > Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:58 PM

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STEM
Science Fair
Dear Mallory, I ran a science fair at my son's elementary school. Let me know if you want any advice. NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory has made a series of videos about choosing a science fair project topic, what to put on the display board, and more. Here's the link: https://www.j...

by Rachel Zimmerman Brachman > Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:36 PM

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Elementary Science
lab Ideas and safety
I am currently a student teacher and looking towards the future and wanting to prep for when I fully take over my mentor teacher's classroom. When I personally think of Physical Science, I don't necessarily think of it as a lab intense class. I would like to incorporate some labs though. The first t...

by Michael Moran > Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:03 PM

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Physical Science
Hands on Science
Hi Laura, I am currently a student at the University of Northern Iowa and we have been spending a lot of time in class talking about this topic. Young children learn the best with hand on activity and stay the most focused and we have been discussing how to make this happen in a classroom where you ...

by Kylie Sheets > Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:00 PM

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Early Childhood
STEM Stations
In order to make stations easy to manage for you, consider stations that have the same objective but materials that can be changed out each week or so. I would consider using a microscope at one station so students can observe and draw what they see. It could be a mystery object or you could let the...

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:08 AM

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STEM
Student Teacher
Ruth, there is so much information about STEM implementation that it can be overwhelming. I would begin by reading articles and looking at lesson plans on NSTA. Use the Explore All Resources tab at the top and type in your key words, filter by grade level and lesson plans. There is also http://ngss...

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 AM

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New Teachers
Classroom Behavior Management
Hello Darcey, First off, let me put your mind at ease. EVERYONE has encountered these students! I wish I could give you a single, good answer but each case of this kind of behaviour is based on many things which you and your mentor teacher probably have a better handle on than me. One strategy ...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:37 AM

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New Teachers
STEM and Fairy Tales
Thanks for sharing this....I like the new "enchanted"roles that they will portray in the classroom as collaborative learners. Definitely the girls will love this idea. Joselyn

by Joselyn Hermoso > Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:50 AM

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STEM
Explicit Reflection
Hi David, I use several writing strategies called Classroom Assessment Techniques that help my students reflect on their thinking. Below I have described several that I use most often with my high school students. Most of these techniques came from the book, Classroom Assessment Techniques:...

by Ruth Hutson > Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:43 PM

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New Teachers
Recylcing unit
Hello, I think it is a great idea to expose kids to recycling at an early age. I found an interesting online article on explaining recycling to children. The article also includes a simple game will has the player properly sort recyclable material. http://www.learningliftoff.com/teaching-kids-rec...

by Bianca Villarreal > Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:56 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Wow only 15 minutes :(. I hope it is possible for you to incorporate Science into other subject areas such as Math and ELA. With your short amount of time, I would try focusing on observation skills and mini-STEM lab whole class activities. City of Science and Scholastics have useful observation ...

by Laura Scarfogliero > Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:09 AM

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Early Childhood
4th Grade Science
That stinks that there is no recess! There are tons of things to do outside...weather permitting. Matter: Students can collect materials from outside and classify, find the mass, volume, length, density, ect. Students can take items outside and explore the melting process. You can even challe...

by Destiny Huggins > Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:34 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM/STEAM activities & properties of matter
There is probably a lesson out there on this but right now, I can't find it in my files. I have a lab set up where there is vinegar, baking soda, a clear water bottle, a graduated cylinder, a teaspoon, and a balloon. My opening question is, "Can anyone inflate this balloon without using their mou...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:30 PM

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STEM
Classroom Behavior Management
I don't know if a safety lesson was already taught but it's never a problem to go back and reteach lab safety rules. Students can also sign a lab safety contract. I would have a place for their parents to sign as well so that when and if you need to call a parent about safety issues, they can recall...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:56 PM

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New Teachers
lab safety Enforcement
A really good resource on safety is Ken Roy, who blogs for NSTA on safety . Having a safety acknowledgment form signed by each student is a must. You can find an example, as well as an extensive set of resources on NSTA's safety in the Science Classroom Portal. Mary B

by Mary Bigelow > Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:19 PM

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Chemistry
Classroom Behavior Management
Hi Darcey-- What age or grade level are you referring to? You could have a potential safety issue here, if students are not using the materials appropriately or if they are engaged in disruptive behavior. What kind of safety agreement did your mentor teacher use to emphasize appropriate lab pract...

by Mary Bigelow > Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:54 PM

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New Teachers
I think an inlined plane activity would address all three concepts: mass, force, and motion. The activity could be a conservation of momentum activity along with impulse. You can check Spongelab.com < http://spongelab.com/>.

by Huseyin Colak > Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:18 AM

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Physical Science
Seating Charts
Hello Jillian, Thank you for your reply. I wanted to share something new that I have been doing in my physics class in terms of seating charts and group work this year. We use a modeling physics approach so every three to four days we finish our lab activity and discussion/lecture, which is th...

by Ruth Hutson > Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:28 PM

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New Teachers
Ecology
Personally I favor these websites: http://www.ngsslifescience.com/biology_lesson_plans_ecology_lab.html http://www.caryinstitute.org/educators/teaching-materials/schoolyard-ecology https://betterlesson.com/community/directory/all/ecology https://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/e...

by Alexandra Grayson > Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:11 AM

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Life Science
lab safety Enforcement
Hi Stephen, lab safety enforcement in chemistry is a must. To help address the importance of wearing googles, I start the year by using Flinn's acid in the eye demo as a lab to demonstrate the importance of eye protection. Students use 6M hydrochloric acid as this is a reagent that we will ro...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:13 PM

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Chemistry
Free NGSS Posters from Vernier
Chance Bankhead chance.bankhead@estemschools.org 112 West 3rd Street Little Rock AR, 72201 Curriculum Facilitator I'd love 18 copies of each if they are available. We have a big staff. Thank you!!!!!!!

by Chance Bankhead > Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:20 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
lab safety Enforcement
What are some things that you do to enforce safety in a chemistry classroom that address different levels of severity?  For example, not wearing goggles, improper attire, or maybe blatant disregard for activity instructions?

by Stephen Suglio > Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:04 PM

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Chemistry
Beautiful posters for your science lab
Hey everyone! When I was in high school, I found our classroom periodic table illegible, and designed a new, beautiful poster as a gift for my favourite science teacher. I've since created a few additional posters (Lewis dot diagrams, pH indicators...), and finally got around to launching a mini-...

by Philip Seifi > Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:58 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Technology inside the classroom
Hi Jocelyn, Consider how your students can use technology to create some kind of communication about their understandings of science concepts. Being creators rather than passive consumers supports children's learning. Here is a digital book, created by adults, that might give you some ideas abou...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:26 AM

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Elementary Science
Flipped Classroom
Hi Haley, This infographic on the Flipped Classroom gives a nice overview of the process. Flipped classrooms aren't really new. English teachers have long assigned reading assignments for students to do as homework so that they could come to class prepared to discuss and engage in the materia...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:01 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Heredity Activities
Hi there! Good luck in your student teaching! I love heredity and genetics, and I feel like I can spend all year on It! There are so many cool hereditary projects on the web. My favorites are Harry potter genetics,  alien genetics and paper babies. Google is such a great resource!  Also check out sc...

by Angel Doughty > Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:30 AM

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Life Science
Explicit Reflection
Hello! I'm an Integrated Sciences major from KSU who is currently in their practicum. I'm placed in a 7th grade science classroom, and will be teaching a unit on Nature of Science in the coming weeks. A large part of my unit is having students reflect on how NOS was used in the lab/demonstration by ...

by David Michl > Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:34 PM

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New Teachers
Found Elodea!
Cool, they are labeled as anacharis. I actually use them for my photosynthesis lab to demonstrate carbon dioxide consumption by plants.

by Shawn Clark > Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:56 AM

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Life Science
Learning Science Concepts through Play
Thank you for sharing this, Kathy! I have always thought that play is SO essential for children, and stifling that innate curiosity can inhibit students from becoming lifelong learners. With collaboration and fine motor skills, children are able to learn the skills that allow them to become lifel...

by > Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:15 AM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
Amber, I think the key to getting students involved is finding something that motivates them and makes them want to learn more. The easiest way to do this is to give students an outline for their learning but let them choose what their subject is. Giving students the power to pick the topic can ...

by Adrienne Boettger > Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:39 PM

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Elementary Science
States of Matter Lesson Ideas
Hey Liane, You could do a lesson and base it on the water cycle! You could show snow, water, and the process of evaporation. Boiling water could be a visual to show this. Otherwise, if they are pretty advanced, you could set up stations around the room for them to examine and write predictions of w...

by Julia Covington > Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:44 PM

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Elementary Science
English Language Learners in the elementary Science classroom
Hilda! Science always seems like it is the best and easiest way to get everyone involved--especially because no matter what language we speak, there is at least a little bit of curiosity within all of us. That said, science may be just the key to enhancing an ELL's vocabulary as science is most l...

by Caria Philgreen > Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Projects
I love what Elizabeth said, "if it is edible, it's not a model" (that is also highly supported by Dr. Steven Pruitt). Using edibles to engage students isn't a bad idea, but it really has to have an important connection to the science concept to be of value. I think Brenda gives an excellent example ...

by Jennifer Gutierrez > Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:00 PM

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Elementary Science
Transitioning from STEM to STEAM in the elementary classroom
Planning STEM learning that incorporates science, engineering, and math while developing or using technology doesn't exclude learning about art or topics in social studies, and social-emotional and reading skills. Also, a label doesn’t make a lesson a “STEM” lesson, it’s what the children do and le...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:55 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Classroom safety
Great resources! Thank you so much for sharing. I always make sure my students know their science tools and safety procedures before we ever begin a lesson. It gives a good sense of responsibility and understanding of how to properly use science tools and materials.

by Brenda Velasco > Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:30 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Stem & 5Es
Aleks, I found this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/505247651928867111/ its a great guide for an infographic! Although the contents inside are for a price the picture itself helps and I don't think paying for it is worth it. Anyways, Engagement includes an introduction without the immediate use of ...

by Diane Bendik > Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:37 PM

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STEM
Getting Hired and Surviving Year One
I would definitely ask if they have a solid mentoring program. My very first year of teaching I was paired up with a teacher who really should not have been a mentor. Make sure the teacher assigned to you are capable and willing to help you out. At the school I'm at now new teachers to the school- ...

by Brenda Velasco > Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:18 PM

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New Teachers
2nd Grade STEM Ideas?
I love Rube Goldberg Machines! I think those are so crazy imaginative and engaging for students. I think I would try something like that closer to the end of the year with 2nd graders. Welcome, Ed. Glad you're here. It's a great place to collaborate and search for ideas.

by Pam Dupre > Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:07 PM

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STEM
Science Classroom safety
I recently read the following two journal articles: Scope on safety: Don't Bench lab safety Scope on safety: When is a classroom a laboratory? Any location where science is being taught is considered a laboratory. Both of these journal articles were very informative and provided wonderful s...

by Heather Harkless > Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:03 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting Hired and Surviving Year One
I once sat in on an interview where we asked the applicant what he knew about our community. He replied "not much." The interview went downhill from there, and needless to say, he was not called back. So, if you're not familiar with the community or school, do some exploring before the interview....

by Mary Bigelow > Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:10 PM

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New Teachers
2nd Grade STEM Ideas?
Hi Neenah, I found a couple ideas online that seem fun and may be helpful for your next lesson plan that involves STEM. These pages provide tons of activities: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/a-year-of-the-best-stem-activities/ http://thestemlaboratory.com/stem-activities-for-kids/...

by Liliana Lopez > Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:44 PM

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STEM
Future educator advice
Collaborate with other science teachers and learn what strategies they are using that are most beneficial. The first year teaching is always the hardest year and you will learn a whole lot between year 1 and year 2 that will make you a better teacher. Good luck.

by Shawn Clark > Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:40 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Photosynthesis Using Elodea lab
Are there anymore water plants that can be substituted for the Elodea in the Photosynthesis lab?

by Shawn Clark > Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:34 PM

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Life Science
Science Showcase
I've seen many formats at Family Nights. Many parents may be unsure how to encourage their children in science. In additions to demonstrations or presentations, you could provide parents with take-away activities that they can continue with their children at home--seeds to plant, discussion starters...

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:59 PM

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General Science and Teaching
NSTA Student Chapters
Does anyone have any advice for pre-service teachers who want to take their enthusiasm for teaching and science education to start an NSTA Student Chapter on their local campus?  NSTA and the student chapters are separate but interdependent organizations that have elected to ally themselves to en...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:11 PM

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New Teachers
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