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Kindergarten activities
Hi there! I found some interesting activities students can do hands-on from pinterest! One forum that I found that is unique and engaging for kindergarten students is to learn about Static Electricity through a butterfly experiment. While looking through this activity, I found it amusing and wou...

by Michelle Nguyen > Yesterday, 8:23 PM

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Early Childhood
Teach STEM Outside!
Incredibly important! One of the biggest benefits of outdoor STEM education that this article briefly touches on is the ability of outdoor education to benefit students who don't learn well in traditional classroom settings. Especially for students who tend to be distracted/restless/listless in a...

by Jessica Bonnar > Yesterday, 1:08 PM

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Research in Science Education
Learning Science Concepts through Play
I love this idea! I recently visited the Birch Aquarium in San Diego which has an outdoor exhibit all about energy. This exhibit, called Boundless Energy, was essentially a giant playground for kids of all ages that explored the science behind alternative energy sources--wind, solar, waves--in a ver...

by Parthenopi Milios > Yesterday, 2:29 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Mitosis and Meiosis
What would be the best way to teach mitosis and meiosis to students? I have seen different activities out there such as using gummy worms to represent chromosomes in different phases but am wondering if anyone knows of any other activities that will help students grasp the concepts of mitosis and ...

by Liliana Bravo > Yesterday, 2:22 AM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science activities
One of the most memorable science demonstrations that I recall was in my chemistry class, where on the first day, my teacher showed the burning of different substances to get the flame to show different colors, such as purple or green. This was a great way to capture the students attention and get...

by Liliana Bravo > Yesterday, 2:17 AM

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Life Science
Force and Motion with Kindergarten
I think this is such a cute and fun lesson for the students to do. This is especially great for those kinesthetic and visual learners. Incorporating a book is also awesome because the kids can view the lesson as a story, and become motivated to interact through the activities. Kindergarten is very h...

by Stephanie Guevara > Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:02 PM

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

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

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Early Childhood
New Teachers
Hi! I am currently a student taking a class related to how to teach science and I have to say all these responses are making me feel more comfortable around the classroom. I attended a private school where science was mostly taught through textbooks and worksheets so I never really experienced any ...

by Briana Sanchez > Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Community Garden
Hello Sarah. I am a student and posting in the forums as a mandatory assignment... I have no knowledge of the answer you seek. However, I love the outdoors, and gardening is something I would love to do with my students. My question to you is have you made the specific plans of your idea so you...

by Kelly Foreiter > Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:17 AM

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New Teachers
New Teacher
I would definitely recommend BrainPop! Also, they have BrainPop Jr which is amazing for the younger ones. They have tons of videos varying across all subject areas. It's a website that the students can definitely explore at home. The videos come with quizzes that the students can take, and with extr...

by Iliana Velasquez > Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:34 PM

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New Teachers
Technology in Kindergarten
Hi Emily, My field placement school here in Houston currently uses the Smartboard as an interactive technology that can be integrated in science lessons for younger grades. My cooperating teacher uses this website: http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?q=%22science%22 where you can find gr...

by Justine Buzon > Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:46 PM

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Early Childhood
Bilingual Education
Hii Itzel I am a Early Childhood Education student and I have learned a few things in my classes that could help you and when I was in Middle School I was leaning english as well as your students so I might have a few ideas that could work for you. The first one is peer mentors, I always found it v...

by Isabel Alizo > Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:09 PM

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Early Childhood
Student teacher
Dear Jaqueline, See journal articles (activities) for soil at the URL below: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/search/default.aspx?action=br...l=&author= You can click on "Explore All Resources" to search for reference material and lessons. Flavio.

by Flavio Mendez > Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:44 AM

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Elementary Science
Keep It Exciting
I find it that students enjoy hands on activities, inquiry based lessons and a good pop quiz at the end. I am referring to my Kindergarten students however, strongly believe that all K-12 students prefer these type of lessons.

by Jaqueline > Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:27 AM

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Elementary Science
Plant Adaptations
Hello, What are some good hands on activities that the students can do to learn about plant adaptations? Any ideas are acceptable! 

by Brenda Lopez > Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:44 PM

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Life Science
Plants
A great way to introduce plants to kindergarteners is taking them outdoors and explaining to them what they are looking at. By doing this, you give a name to what they have been looking at for some time now, making it more memorable. This is not only fun for the students, but easy for you (as lo...

by Maria Moncada > Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:58 AM

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Early Childhood
New Teacher
Yes! An exploration approach is very engaging and is very much like what real scientists do. That's why I've been recommending the Phenomenon-Based Learning books sold by NSTA Press. The elementary version is targeted at grades 3-5, but many of the activities can be used at lower levels. Here’...

by Iris Lee > Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:16 AM

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Elementary Science
New Teachers
What seems to work best is an approach based on exploration, not memorizing a list of facts. And the exploration approach is more like what real scientists do. That's why I've been recommending the Phenomenon-Based Learning books sold by NSTA Press. The elementary version is targeted at grades...

by Iris Lee > Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:12 AM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teachers
What are some engaging activities for 3rd grade about life science?  Thanks!

by Johanna Barrera > Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:56 PM

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

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

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Elementary Science
activities for 3rd grade
I would also like to know about any activities related to the solar system. I am student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom currently.

by Jessica Clickner > Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:23 PM

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New Teachers
Make It Interesting
Hi Haley. Doing a lot of hands on activities with your class will definitely keep the students engaged and will make it more interesting for you too. It also makes the learning much more meaningful for the students.

by Brooke Caskey > Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:53 PM

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Elementary Science
New Teacher
Hello guys, i am a senior at the University of Houston and I am in my first semester of student teaching in a 4th grade classroom. I am in an ELA classroom and I have not been able to experience a science classroom, so I am hoping to be in a science classroom for my last semester. I am really lookin...

by Daisy Hinojosa > Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:43 PM

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Early Childhood
2nd Grade Science
My kids really enjoyed the living things v. non living things. I think it mainly had to do with them learning through more hands-on activities and getting to deal with both plants and live animals. They also really enjoyed the moon phases with the oreos!

by Helen Vu > Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:13 PM

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Early Childhood
New Teacher
I definitely think that no matter what topic, your activities should be very hands-on! Try to make sure the run-time isn't too long because they can't focus on one thing for a long time.

by Helen Vu > Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:59 PM

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Early Childhood
Science observation
Hi, all!  What are some hand on activities for science lessons that have worked effectively in your classrooms?   Thanks,  Joanna 

by Joanna Gomez > Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:35 PM

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Elementary Science
Engagement
I most definitely agree that hands on activities are the key to keep students engaged. Also having students getting to explore on their own before a lesson gets students interested in the science lesson. I have also been learning about the inquiry based learning approach and I think that is great to...

by Jocelyn Saavedra > Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:51 PM

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Elementary Science
kids think I hate them?!?!
I think that as a teacher it is really important to build strong connections with students especially those at the elementary level. Students really want to see that side where you can relate to them and feel that they can trust in you. I am a second grade student teacher and since the start of my s...

by Jocelyn Saavedra > Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:27 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
You can always try to integrate the science lesson into another subject! Kindergarteners learn best when they are given hands on activities rather then showing them a video or something similar to that. Maybe do a read aloud and one hand one activity!

by Kanwal Mohammad > Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:31 PM

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Early Childhood
Science Notebooks
Hi, In my science methods class, we use a journal and we call it interactive notebook. My students have a interactive notebook as well and they use it to glue their weekly poems in and any math activities we do in their math notebook. If you allow the students to use their notebook on an assignme...

by Kanwal Mohammad > Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:38 PM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
I love how interactive this could be but also how simple it can be because I know as a student teacher, that first day (coming soon) will be scary and like it could all end in a disaster... with activities like this one, I think the students will be in love and also not even think it's an assignment...

by Lacy Fitzpatrick > Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:28 AM

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Life Science
Kindergarten activities
I agree with you, children are very hands on and what better way to learn than by having authentic activities for them.

by Daisy Mendoza > Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:05 AM

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Early Childhood
Keeping Students Engaged
The students should be engaged and motivated from the start so it is best to start with an interesting hook. Also, have more hands on activities for them so they will not get bored.

by Daisy Mendoza > Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:59 AM

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New Teachers
Kindergarten activities
Hello Michelle, I have worked with kindergarten kids for several years and I know they love hands on activities. One thing I did with them was plant a seed. The did it all on their own and were excited to actually see them grow. Make sure you plant extra seeds just incase some do not make it.

by Itzel Zertuche > Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:17 AM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
I can't wait til student teaching so that I can learn some first day activities, the only guide I have is Pinterest. I think I will write down some of these activities I'm reading on these posts.

by Yvis Lauzurique > Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:44 PM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science activities
I can't wait til student teaching so that I can learn some first day activities, the only guide I have is Pinterest. I think I will write down some of these activities I'm reading on these posts.

by Yvis Lauzurique > Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:44 PM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science activities
I can't wait til student teaching so that I can learn some first day activities, the only guide I have is Pinterest. I think I will write down some of these activities I'm reading on these posts.

by Yvis Lauzurique > Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:44 PM

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Life Science
Garden activities
You can do activities such as life cycle of flowers. My school has a garden too, and we have gone outside to observe the flowers and to name their parts. I guess it all depends on what grade level.

by Yvis Lauzurique > Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:41 PM

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Life Science
Kindergarten activities
I currently student teach in a Kindergarten classroom. For my lessons, I also like to involve a lot of hands-on activities. For example, this past week I was teaching them about the different parts of a plant and the life cycle as well. Rather than showing them videos and pictures, I brought a plant...

by JENNIFER GARCIA > Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:23 PM

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Early Childhood
New Teachers
Pamela, I am also a pre-service teacher, and really liked your suggestions for new teachers teaching elementary science. I agree that it is important to find something we are passionate about, and use it to create activities that will inform our students' thinking. Adding content knowledge eve...

by Annie Orbeta > Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:49 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting girls involved in Science
I agree with all the suggestions that are made. Getting students engaged is challenging. I feel like we should first get to know our students. Ask them what they want to learn in science, what experiments they would want to do and what they would like to discover. It is important to know their inter...

by Anais Colina > Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:35 AM

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Elementary Science
Garden activities
I have observe some classes that they do gardening all of the time. They also do activities outside. I think the students were looking at insects around the garden and after they would learn about different parts. Also looking at temperature or you could do life cycle or things a plant needs like na...

by Virginia E Lopez > Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:47 PM

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Life Science
kids think I hate them?!?!
I would suggest just making more small talk with your students and getting to know them a little better. Fun learning activities can help as well. If you don't do so already, you could also greet them in the morning as they come into the classroom and tell them you will see them tomorrow when they l...

by Lizete Guerra > Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:45 PM

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New Teachers
Garden activities
Wow! This is great information. I really appreciate you sharing this with everyone. Especially for those of us that are new to teaching!! This will come in handy to help integrate new ideas for fun activities. Thank you! ~Michelle

by Michelle Alley > Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:15 PM

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Life Science
activities for 3rd grade
Hello, What are some good activities recommended when teaching the solar system for a group of 3rd graders?  Thanks

by Alma Andrade > Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:06 PM

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New Teachers
kids think I hate them?!?!
I would suggest incorporating some fun activities to do with them. As well as, being opening up and letting them get to know you. Sometimes, children need to know we are like them, this way they know we can all relate to one another.

by Laura Cruz > Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:54 PM

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

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

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Life Science
New Teachers
I totally agree that you should go visit other teachers. Even if they are in a different grade. Most activities/experiments can be modified to fit the grade you teach.

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:15 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Kindergarten activities
There are a number of highly engaging and appealing science activities that teachers adopt in several circumstances to get the most out of students’ interest in order to let them understand some of the basic concepts. I am about to finish my online course from Central Mont University in teachi...

by Vaughn Johnson > Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:29 AM

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Early Childhood
New To Science
I am going to be a new teacher too in less than a year! While I am nervous I'm also very excited to finally have my own class and be able to work every day with my students. Science can be a tricky subject to get kids interested in I've noticed from doing some field experience hours inside of school...

by Caitlin Quinn > Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

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

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

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STEM
Kindergarten activities
I couldn't agree more. Students' engagement should be priority in our classrooms.

by Martha Cristina Mejia > Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:41 PM

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Early Childhood
kids think I hate them?!?!
If you like doing the informal science... keep doing it. Don't take the feedback so personally. There may be things you are doing that make some kids feel that you don't like them, so you might ask the parents if they have any more specific feedback for you. Like maybe you told a kids "Oh.. be ca...

by Daniel Carroll > Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:35 AM

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

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

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New Teachers
Success For All, Takes Us All
NGSS Aligned Polar Science activities Description: Resources and lessons supporting polar science. Try some fun, easy activities and receive lesson plans. Presenters: Anne Marie Wotkyns and Scott Engelman Organizations/Schools:Kittridge School For Advanced Stu...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:46 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Reaching the Limits: An NGSS Lesson on Population Ecology for Biology Description: Journey through an Ambitious Science Teaching Lesson in which students look at the removal of sea otters in an ocean ecosystem. Through a series of activities, students model, plot, infer, and analyze d...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:41 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
ECOS Institute Description: Start your lessons with phenomena to motivate students to learn the science behind what they observe. At ECOS Institute, experiencing natural phenomena is part of the students’ experience, and sparks their curiosity - which helps engage them in the classro...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:35 PM

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
NGSS Earth Science Resources for teacher content development and student activities. Description: Looking for NGSS Earth Science resources? Discover Earth Science resources that have been created to support students understanding of Earth and Space Science ideas through 3-Dimensiona...

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

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
STEM in the outdoors Description: Come see how Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council are combining Environmental Education & STEM. Learn about opportunities for students at Skyland Ranch near Idyllwild. Presenters: Carrie Raleigh Organizations/Schools:Girl Scouts of ...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:33 PM

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

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

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Chemistry
First Day of School Science activities
Thank you for your post Sarah. I am really interested in activities that I can do with my future students in the classroom especially in the first day of school and you gave me great ideas.

by Laura Respondek > Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:27 PM

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

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

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Professional Development
Success For All, Takes Us All
Can it also be easily taught to teachers, Greg? I am looking forward to learning more about the technology that so many kids are already so familiar with and that I am always trying to catch up with. Greg has generously offered to connect with a Santa Ana High School graduate who is now studying eng...

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:24 AM

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Professional Development
Problem Based Learning
For problem-based learning, definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and, if you have funds for materials, accompanying materials (from Arbor Scientific). The activities can be done at any level, so your both your lower-level students and high-performing students can s...

by Iris Lee > Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:07 AM

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STEM
Success For All, Takes Us All
Coming together for a fun day outdoors, enjoying Crystal Cove National Park, connecting with educators and families, sharing resources, and learning about the tide pools. :)

by Alison Thalmann > Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:09 PM

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Professional Development
Equity and Chemistry: A Formula for Success
  It’s 7:45am, and thirty-two 10th-graders slump into their seats for first period chemistry. The topic of the day--the period table--seems far removed from the students’ daily lives. “Some of my kids live day-to-day,” their teacher later told me. “And now they’re supposed to care about atoms?”...

by Susan Santone > Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:58 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Hi Science teachers!!
Use the Learning Center Search feature- choose the topic, then the grade level, then lesson plans and activities. Also check nasa.gov and embed some short videos of astronauts playing with their food in space!

by Pamela Dupre > Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:18 PM

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STEM
Anatomy and Physiology
I'm going to be teaching Anatomy and Physiology next year. I was wondering if anyone had any labs or activities that they do that the students really like. I have to order supplies for this class soon and was wondering what to get. Thanks for any information and input. 

by Brittany Zimmerman > Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:40 PM

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Life Science
Virtual Conference Discussion: The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
I'm extremely excited to view this! I'm in the prime viewing location so my students will have an awesome opportunity. A number of school districts in my area will be closed for this event. A couple of towns in our area are planning an entire day filled with activities! I plan on purchasing a se...

by Shalen Boyer > Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:47 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
You can easily engage students in ALL of the Science and Engineering Practices using Phenomenon-Based Learning, for example as it is presented in the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:25 PM

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Elementary Science
4th Grade Science Lesson Ideas
Not related to the water cycle, but to really get children engaged and enjoying science, definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 ...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:18 PM

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Elementary Science
New to NSTA
Dear Mitchell (and Others): Within the NSTA Learning Center, I encourage you to do a keyword search (I used "early childhood") and got several promising results. Some of them I added links below for you: Start Young! Early Childhood Science activities (e-book): http://learningcenter.nsta.or...

by Flavio Mendez > Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:35 PM

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Early Childhood
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
Hi, Peggy! Thank you for replying to my original post. I appreciate your idea of looking at photos of children at work in a science and/or engineering activity to see if I can name which practices I see in use. With your suggestion, I did a Google search for those images. I tried a few phrases...

by James Alberto > Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Developing Scientific Literacy
Hello, Brenna and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:43 PM

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STEM
Experiments
Hi, Farah and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:38 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Try searching the TeachEngineering site https://www.teachengineering.org There are quite a few lessons and activities here that integrate engineering and life science (use Bioengineering as a search topic, to start) The lessons are well designed and show an alignment with NGSS. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:33 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
The PBS series SciGirls is a valuable resource for engaging girls in STEM subjects. Each of the 20+episodes follows a different group of girls as they investigate a science question or solve an engineering problem. The programs are designed to show any girl that they can succeed in STEM activities, ...

by Richard Hudson > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
I'm hoping, whether you teach or work in a state which has adopted the NGSS or not, the wonderful scientifically minded community that is the NSTA will be able to help me. I am looking for recommendations on how to engage elementary students (any grade level) in the Science and Engineering Practices...

by James Alberto > Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 PM

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Elementary Science
Gardening at school with young children
I believe beginning a little garden having a couple of plants or vegetables will be a great start. I'm greatly thinking about beginning an outdoor using the number of students Sometimes with, however i too am getting difficulty figuring out when the optimum time of the year could be! Assignment ...

by Johny Thomas > Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:46 PM

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Early Childhood
2nd Grade Science
You will be fine! I am in the same program, I would talk to your cooperating teacher and find out what the students are learning. Then I would explore some articles that NSTA provides, it could be helpful... You could never go wrong with hands-on activities, just be sure to set your expectation befo...

by Cecilia Cardona > Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:41 AM

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Early Childhood
Advice Welcomed Here
Thank you Peggy! That is very helpful advice and I appreciate you taking the time to explain and make sense of the need for ongoing activities. I will have to provide students with proper scientist work rather than teacher demonstration. Thank you!

by Cami Martin > Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:29 AM

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Elementary Science
Advice Welcomed Here
Thank you Peggy! That is very helpful advice and I appreciate you taking the time to explain and make sense of the need for ongoing activities. I will have to provide students with proper scientist work rather than teacher demonstration. Thank you! =

by Cami Martin > Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:28 AM

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Elementary Science
Energy Flow in an Ecosystem 5E Lesson
Hello everyone, I am looking for 3rd-grade level activities for a lesson on the energy flow in ecosystems. All suggestions are welcome! By the way, I am a student teacher (University of Houston) and this will be my first time teaching a science lesson.  Thank you, Amra Milanovic

by Amra Milanovic > Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:54 PM

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Elementary Science
Developing Scientific Literacy
Check out http://www.ebstc.org/TechLit/handbook/handbooktoc.html for a combination of real-world cases and activities with a standards-based learning framework, honored by awards from the Society for Technical Communication for effective K-12 outreach.

by T.R. Girill > Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:34 PM

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STEM
Sound Energy
I am working on a lesson plan for sound energy and I am looking for interesting activities for 4th graders. Any advice you could provide would be great! Thank you!

by Ariel Gordy > Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:39 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
I enjoy working with activities that have the reactions that the age group can see and manipulate. This helps the students of this age group get involved and interested working in this field at a young age. It also helps lay the foundation blocks for a love of science. Kindergarteners live in their ...

by Ashley Lindemann > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:43 PM

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Early Childhood
Activity for Carbon Cycle and Tectonics
I am looking for an activity involving the influence of plate tectonics on the carbon cycle? The audience is pre-service elementary ed majors.  I've got a lot of activities for tectonics but not on its influence on carbon cycling, or any simple demonstrations of the carbon cycle as well would be g...

by Christopher Roemmele > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:41 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Tectonics and Carbon Cycle activity
Wondering if anyone might have an activity involving the influence of plate tectonics on the carbon cycle? The audience is pre-service elementary ed majors.  I've got a lot of activities for tectonics but not on its influence on carbon cycling, or any simple demonstrations of the carbon cycle as wel...

by Christopher Roemmele > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:40 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I completely agree with intergrading hands on activities and making it fun for all students. I feel to get girls more interested and active in the science field, a great starting point would be to start rewording how we talk about scientist. I would add in a spotlight person who contributed to the f...

by Ashley Lindemann > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Differentiation
There are a few variables you can play with to differentiate science lessons in class. You could switch up your presentation of the material. So instead of straight lecturing, you can show video clips/lessons or provide hands-on tools and activities. By varying your method of presenting the material...

by Bo Cheli > Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:33 PM

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New Teachers
2nd Grade Lesson
I see many student teachers looking for activities to teach. My advice is to look closely at the science standards and think about the content. There are many ideas about ways to teach the content, but it is very important to begin with really knowing what the children need to understand at their gr...

by Marianne Cane > Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:14 AM

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Early Childhood
Pre-Service Teacher
Hello! I am new to NSTA and I am also a pre-service teacher. I am currently in an elementary education program where we are starting to teach lessons. Teaching science is not my strong suit (yet!) so if anyone knows of any lessons, activities, or experiments that first graders would love, I would...

by Cassidy Gardner > Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:32 AM

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Early Childhood
New Teacher
Hey guys! I am just beginning to teach some lessons in my Elementary Education program in college and I was wondering what are some effective and fun science activities that I could use for a Kindergarten classroom?

by Amanda Arling > Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:59 AM

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Early Childhood
Experiments with younger Elementary
Jenna, While coming up with activities for one of my children's literacy books ( cloudy with a chance of meatballs), I came across a weather experiment with clouds. It uses little materials and is a great visual for kids! The materials are shaving cream, a clear container, water and colored dye. ...

by Jessica Ferguson > Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:24 PM

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Elementary Science
Experiments with younger Elementary
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what fun and engaging experiments or science activities that would be good for K-1st graders. I really enjoy doing experiments and I am not sure of any that this grade level would understand and be engaged in. If you have any suggestions please let me know....

by Jenna Fritz > Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:05 PM

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Elementary Science
2nd Grade Science
Hello, I am currently in a program to become an Elementary school teacher. In one of my classes I have to teach a science lesson to 2nd graders. I was wondering what some of you may have done with 2nd graders? Any particularly successful lessons/activities that got (and kept) the students' attention...

by Addison Scroggins > Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Engaging physic projects
For active engagement in projects, you should definitely consider the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  They’re full of research-based projects and classroom activities.  All the editions (elementary, middle, high) can be seen here , and you can go right to the middle-school edition here ...

by Iris Lee > Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:02 PM

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Physical Science
Weather and Elementary
What are some engaging but meaningful activities young students can do to get them thinking about weather and seasons? What would be the best way to help them remember the different characteristics of each season?

by Marissa Reyes > Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:59 PM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
On the first day of school science activities, it is better if you do not start with the subject. You can have some activities related to science like come up with some species picture and let students guess what these are and ask them to tell their features or you can try science word search. On th...

by Steve Collins > Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:44 PM

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Life Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Through hands-on science activities like planting seeds and recording the growth of plants, kindergarten learn how to observe and record scientific data. It is better if you make the activities more exciting so as to make them engaged. Teach the science in a story time so that they...

by Steve Collins > Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:34 PM

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Early Childhood