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Gardening at school with young children
I like the indoor idea! Here in North Dakota it keeps super cold. So, things don't survive outdoors.

by Megan Ziolkowski > Today, 12:12 AM

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Early Childhood
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
Check out Phenomenon-Based Learning and the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 [color=black][font=Verdana]  The activities are both engaging and pedagogically eff...

by Matt Bobrowsky > Yesterday, 10:22 AM

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Elementary Science
Hands-on activities
While some of the URLs will take you to sites that aren't all free, perhaps these will give you some ideas: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool.html I also have attached resources from my learning center uploads. Chemistry in the Community as a text is good ...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:36 AM

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Chemistry
Hands-on activities
I work for an after-school STEM program serving 9th & 10th graders, and am searching for free descriptions/lesson plans for hands-on chemistry activities.

by Jordan Spooner > Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:52 AM

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Chemistry
STEM After School Program
I Co-Directed a STEM CAMP over the summer so here is are some ideas you may use to engage students in your club. 1) Have students do Science experiments 2) Invite local STEM professionals to visit and talk about their careers 3) See if local Museums have traveling exhibits with can visit your af...

by LeRoy Attles > Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:30 PM

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Informal Science
First Day of School Science activities
Our campus has a first 3 days of high engagement policy. We spend time presenting build challenges, group activities to get to know each each other, and a mystery safety accident. Students are not in seats, moving around the room, interacting with fellow students and myself (the teacher). My favo...

by Stacy Holland > Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:09 AM

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Life Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Hi Sarah! Looking forward to your list! I like https://concord.org/ (which also has online ideas for NGSS lessons at http://concord.org/ngss/ science and math activities), American Chemical Society's http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/ and https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemi...

by Chris Herald > Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:03 AM

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STEM
Consumer Chemistry
Students prefer seeing why they are learning science; giving them freedom to work on a project that is relevant to them but still connected to chemistry empowers them; some even find out that chemistry is more important in their interests than they realized. They also learn skills (lab equipment) th...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:18 PM

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Chemistry
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Another great way to integrate sciences is to do activities on sand. I'm from Hawaii, so we are surrounded by sand, but there are many different components that make up the sand, some of which are living, and some not. Dissecting microscopes can be used to separate out different components. Magne...

by Cecelia Romero > Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:44 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark-- i would agree with our colleagues about having students make posters. I had teams of students make lab safety posters rather than buying ones. They were more personalized to our lab. Also -- check with a travel club to see if you can scrounge up some maps of the US and your state. S...

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:45 PM

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New Teachers
Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Context Technologists
  T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Writing Helps Nontext Technologists Benefits Beyond Just Documents Most posts in this series discuss techniques for effective technical writing (or ways to teach o...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 AM

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STEM
activities for NGSS PS1-6
Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student that has volunteered at my local school district to help write the science curriculum for their K-6 teachers. In each grade, I am trying to write-in at least one investigative lab that students can do so that they have opportunities to do science before they reach hi...

by Yen Verhoeven > Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:37 AM

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Physical Science
High School Genetics Class Ideas
Hello, I will be teaching a nine week elective genetics course, intended for accelerated high school juniors and seniors. Class periods in my building last 88 minutes, as we operate a block schedule. I am looking for recommendations for activities. I do have access to a thermal cycler and intend ...

by Patrick Breen > Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:44 PM

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Life Science
Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams
Thank you for your interesting and informative post on Explanatory Science Diagrams and the link to the Technical Communication Handbook, T.R. I agree that schematics really help to illustrate science phenomena. They also serve as a great way in labs and in science notebooks for teachers to assess s...

by Susan Farmer > Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:14 PM

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STEM
Missing Taxonmy
I agree with Matthew. Cladistics is more widely accepted by science professionals for explaining evolutionary relationships. Check out these sites at UC Berkeley http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/teach/index.php and http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/clad/clad5.html. Also, see AMNH's http://w...

by Beth Topinka > Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:41 PM

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Life Science
Consumer Chemistry
I've been asked by some colleagues for ideas on a new "Consumer Chemistry" course at the high school level. They want the course to be more than a watered-down traditional chemistry class for students who need a science credit. They're looking for suggestions for resources, themes, essential questio...

by Mary Bigelow > Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:16 PM

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Chemistry
Getting students to go above and beyond
For my higher level and early finishers i have then do a reflection on their learning and when that is complete they have choices. Stem bins, station activities or enhance their notebooks

by Carole Moreno > Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:22 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Gardening at school with young children
The sooner the better so the students will see the life cycle of the plant. A garden is such an awesome learning experience for the students as well as responsibility to take care of it. Good luck! We love our garden and outdoor classroom.

by Carole Moreno > Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
It is interesting to me to read this post from 2015 and how relevant the topic is, two years after. I have been involved in activities with sciences and robotics for girls. In my experience I have seen classrooms with male and female students and only girls. It is true that girls tend to be quiet wh...

by Ayda Parra > Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:34 AM

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Elementary Science
Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom
You have good advice, Kimberly! This has been my experience too with presenters that they are okay with being there all day. If the presenter has something published it would be good to have that available for your students. If it is not on their grade level than you can probably find co...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:21 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Seeking High School Science Teacher for Small Rural Private School In Northeast Louisiana
Are you tired of the rat race of traffic and crowds? How does rolling fields of farmland and acres of woods sound?  Teach 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Science in a small private school college-prep environment. Applicants need to have at least a Bachelor's degree, be certified or working t...

by Kristen VandeVen > Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:29 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Teach STEM Outside!
Hi Jessica, Celebrate STEM Outside by observing the solar eclipse on August 21 (total solar eclipse in some parts of the country). See the collection below with information and ideas for activities. Solar Eclipse of 2017 Collection: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id...

by Flavio Mendez > Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:55 AM

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Research in Science Education
NGSS Phenomena
I’ve seen workshops on Phenomenon-Based Learning where connections were made to the other PBLs and to the 5Es. These connections were made in workshops using the Phenomenon-Based Learning “Gizmos and Gadgets” books from NSTA Press. Regarding > aren't just a hook - they are...

by Iris Lee > Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teach STEM Outside!
Do you have any outdoor space at all? If so you could try container gardening, set up a weather station, and conduct some shadow experiments. I do agree being outside is beneficial to students.

by Pamela Dupre > Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:28 AM

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Research in Science Education
NGSS Phenomena
I really like the emphasis on phenomena in NGSS, especially that they are engaging AND the phenomenon is what is to be understood and explained by the students. I have attended many excellent web seminars on using Phenomena to structure lessons. I encourage people to view the archived web seminars. ...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:53 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Physics Textbooks
Although it's called a college textbook, check out the free OpenStax book https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics#resources It's algebra (not calculus) based and starts with the basics. Besides being free for both instructor and students, there are vari...

by Iris Lee > Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:24 AM

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General Science and Teaching
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
If you are interested in teaching about the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and have enjoyed links to resources in this thread, you may be interested to register for Astronomers Without Borders Building on the Eclipse Education Program. AWB’s unique Building on the Eclipse Education Prog...

by Lindsay Bartolone > Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:41 PM

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Earth and Space Science
STEM activities to do at home this summer
Do you have some great, simple ideas of STEM activities that can be done at home with children...either by parents and/or grandparents? :)

by Alison Thalmann > Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:44 PM

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STEM
Food Chains
You might try the Oh Deer a ctivity from Project Wild! It is kinesthetic and tactile, but also allows students to analyze the data. http://studylib.net/doc/7099277/oh-deer----project-wild   Someone posted this online. The Project Wild website: http://www.projectwild.org/aboutus.htm. The w...

by Frieda Lamprecht > Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:12 PM

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Elementary Science
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
I do a series of activities called Rally 'Round the Room (not my original idea, but I have modified and improved) using cars the students build out of simple materials. One activity we do using the cars is called King of the Hill in which opposing vehicles are dropped down opposite sides of a u-shap...

by Eric Roth > Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:00 AM

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STEM
Teaching Science
My mother was a middle school science teacher for many many years; therefore, I had much exposure to science instruction, in many family and personal activities throughout my life. Anywhere we would go, she always pointed out the scientific concept that was being demonstrated before our eyes. Howe...

by Julie Wylie > Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:49 PM

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Elementary Science
Creative ways for a final assessment?
Try searching for "authentic assessments" or "creative summative assessments". I found a website ( http://www.teachhub.com/40-alternative-assessments-learning) with many ideas for assessment alternatives to paper and pencil. You could even offer students a choice of activities for their final. The ...

by Dana Jara > Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:25 AM

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Evaluation and Assessment
First Day of School Science activities
I currently teach middle school science and I use the first week of school to introduce students to the common skills and strategies that they will require in science. I try to have students engage in collaborative activities: work in small groups to build a geometric structure ( using triangles, sq...

by Sharon Stevens-Allen > Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:50 AM

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Life Science
$50,000 Wish List
If you have a few $K left over, you should definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and accompanying materials (from Arbor Scientific). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 ...

by Iris Lee > Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:41 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Engineering Curriculum Help
Kyle, I urge you to contact your local college or university's engineering department to come talk to your students about the different branches of engineering. You can create a partnership with them and get to do campus visits, especially during engineering week. You also could have some college s...

by Pam Dupre > Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:27 PM

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STEM
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Just received this! Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a se...

by Frieda Lamprecht > Wed May 31, 2017 1:59 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Astronaut (in the future)
Hi Alexandra You might want to consider activities that engage is mind and his body. Often young students with higher IQs and inattentiveness can focus when they are actively engaged. You might consider the activity Peggy suggests in the article and also some of her resources. Enjoy your summ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sun May 28, 2017 12:35 PM

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Early Childhood
Science Teachers Needed to Support Libraries’ Solar Eclipse Events
Public libraries across the country are receiving 2 million eclipse viewing glasses and a booklet of information to help prepare the public to view the sky event of the decade – the All American total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.   (This distribution of glasses is supported by the Mo...

by Dennis Schatz > Fri May 26, 2017 1:54 PM

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Physical Science
Science Teachers Needed to Support Libraries’ Solar Eclipse Events
Public libraries across the country are receiving 2 million eclipse viewing glasses and a booklet of information to help prepare the public to view the sky event of the decade – the All American total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.   (This distribution of glasses is supported by the Mo...

by Dennis Schatz > Fri May 26, 2017 1:53 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Attention of Students
And of course I should have said that one "center" is the great outdoors! Even if you only have 30 minutes a day outdoors rather than the preferred 60 minutes to all day, outdoor learning is rich with experiences. While an entire class is outside you can engage small groups in using magnifiers to cl...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Tue May 23, 2017 7:16 AM

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Early Childhood
STEM Lessons K-12
http://www.siemensstemday.com/educators/activities Find what you are looking for by doing a simple search on their site. 

by Pamela Dupre > Sun May 21, 2017 6:01 PM

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STEM
STEM activities for Educators
http://www.siemensstemday.com/educators/activities Choose your grade level, K-12, search a lesson or look through what they have and make a choice!

by Pamela Dupre > Sun May 21, 2017 6:00 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Kindergarten activities
So many great ideas! One thing that I love to do with younger kids is plant a little garden. Beans and flowers are usually grown pretty easily but a new one I want to try this year is carrots. They grow very easily and then they will be able to eat it. Exploring the world around you and providing...

by Sally Jones > Wed May 17, 2017 3:03 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
Regardless of the subject you have to keep students engaged. Provide fun, hands on activities and find ways to make it relevant to their lives. Science is not for everyone but everyone should be given equal opportunity to try.

by Sally Jones > Wed May 17, 2017 2:47 PM

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Elementary Science
AP Biology - Favorite End of Year Projects
The AP Biology College Board Exam is now completed for 2017, Just curious, what are your favorite AP Biology end of year activities and projects? I'm working on designing our AP Biology project for spring 2018, and was hoping teachers would share some of their creative ideas. Thanks! Dorot...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Tue May 09, 2017 8:44 PM

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Life Science
Moon phases
I'd like to comment on this thread about teaching the phases of the moon. Some great ideas have been suggested, along with some not-as-great ideas. I'll say what I think is lacking with the latter suggestions, suggest one additional extension, and offer a moon observing activity. I trust that thi...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Tue May 09, 2017 2:37 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Keep It Exciting
I believe doing all hands on activities is the best way to keep your students interesting. Their are so many things you can make and do that is science related. In my science class in college , I found it pretty fun how we made ice cream in about 10 minutes in class. Plus it was so interesting.

by LaShonda Johnson > Mon May 08, 2017 2:43 AM

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Elementary Science
Teaching through trade books- What happens to seeds?
Nice review of this article by Peggy Ashbrook Reina. If anyone is interested here is the article in Science and Children Teaching Through Trade Books: What Happens to Seeds? http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc05_042_07_18 "Wondering what will happen, waiting for a chan...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Mon May 08, 2017 1:24 AM

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Life Science
Astronaut (in the future)
I nanny a 6 year old boy with ADHD and an IQ of 120. He wants to be an astronaut. Any suggestions on activities, knowledge, and other resources for him? We are going to be learning all summer and I would love to give him the best experience ever!

by Alexandra Ulsher > Sun May 07, 2017 10:25 PM

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Early Childhood
Food Chains
I did a food chain 5E lesson with 4th grade students who have had only a few, very boring, lessons in science throughout their schooling. Any suggestions on activities?

by Alexandra Ulsher > Sun May 07, 2017 10:17 PM

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Elementary Science
Garden activities
I just add to my library, How Clean is the River and Birds, Bugs and Butterflies Science Lesson for your outdoor classroom. I tried to open your word lesson plan but I couldn't there is another was I can have access to it? Thank you!!

by Viridiana Castro > Sun May 07, 2017 4:47 PM

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Life Science
Fun activities for Kindergarten
Do you all have any suggestions for a fun activity when students are learning about living and nonliving things? 

by Urooj Abbasi > Sun May 07, 2017 2:27 PM

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Elementary Science
New Teacher
Hello Maria! Congratulations! :) I am also Student Teaching and will be graduating this December! I am currently placed in a bilingual first grade class and I have found that providing students with hands-on activities does prove to be successful but also providing them with opportunities in wh...

by Anayeli Jaimes-Villegas > Sat May 06, 2017 8:04 PM

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New Teachers
5E Lesson Plan
What are some good activities I could have my students do during the elaborate portion of a 5E lesson for Energy Flow in an ecosystem?

by Dominique Whitaker > Sat May 06, 2017 3:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Keep It Exciting
To keep students interested in science, let them keep exploring. I absolutely love the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and accompanying materials (from Arbor Scientific). The activities can be done at any level, so your both your lower-level students and high-performing student...

by Iris Lee > Fri May 05, 2017 7:22 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM activities
Hi Wendy Just spent some time looking over the STEM activity site. It is a keeper http://stemactivitiesforkids.com Liked the section on free resources but also the ones that are teacher created and inexpensive. Thanks for posting! Arlene

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed May 03, 2017 11:13 AM

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Elementary Science
New Teacher
I'm also curious of some fun science activities and lessons that could be done in a kindergarten class. I was placed in a kindergarten classroom to observe, but I was never able to see science being taught. I have been student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom, but I would love to teach kindergart...

by Chelsea Cook > Tue May 02, 2017 6:09 PM

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Early Childhood
STEM Resources
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:02 AM

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New Teachers
STEM activities
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:01 AM

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Elementary Science
Great STEM Resource
Looking for ideas for STEM and engineering activities? We are part of a team that has created a website filled with ideas and blogs that might be of interest to you. You will also be able to link to each of the contributors own individual websites. It is quite a wealth of resources. http://stemact...

by Wendy Goldfein > Tue May 02, 2017 9:00 AM

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STEM
Thermal Energy In Middle School
Hi Shalen, I agree that thermal energy is a difficult topic for middle level students to grasp.  The concepts of heat energy transfer, temperature and thermal energy are intertwined so they need a firm grasp of each of them.   Here is a middle level collection on energy for you to consider: ...

by Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton > Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:36 AM

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Physical Science
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 > Mon Apr 24, 2017 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 > Mon Apr 24, 2017 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 > Mon Apr 24, 2017 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 > Mon Apr 24, 2017 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 > Mon Apr 24, 2017 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