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Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
Hello again, I am delighted to see you on the forums again - I am happy to email or talk as well if you are getting launched as an elementary specialist. I am a K-6 STEAM coordinator and I have the best job ever! I love working with kiddos in this age range -- they are so much more capable than ...

by Wendi Laurence > Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:27 PM

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Elementary Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Here is the post! 30+ Science, stem and NGSS Teaching Resources to Use This Year. http://www.shareitscience.com/2017/08/30-science-stem-teaching-resources.html Thanks for all of your input! Feel free to share with your colleagues.

by Sarah Benton Feitlinger > Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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STEM
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
I am a K-4 science specialist. I have been learning a lot about modeling instruction in the middle and upper grades and was wondering if anyone is aware of examples of modeling instruction in the lower grades. There seems to be a dearth of resources in this area, and I'm interested in helping to r...

by Juliette Guarino > Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 PM

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Elementary Science
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
A challenge for stem educators, what did Newton do?
Modern science, technology, engineering, and math began when an apple fell on Newton's head (?) at his country estate, and he determined to describe its trajectory.  That is, to find its position at each instant as it falls, that is, to find a function p(t) that gives the apple's position as it fall...

by William Flannery > Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:53 PM

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stem class interdisciplinary approach
Hi Cindy, I work at a newer stem high school.  We are just beginning our third year.  We have a cohort (grade) based stem course first thing in the morning.  This allows us to have cohort-wide and school-wide iniatives.  We complete stem lessons, soft skills and work on design challenges during t...

by Rebecca Falin > Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:57 AM

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FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Professional Development
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes l...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers  free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators  throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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STEM
FREE UCLA Nanoscience teacher training workshops
My name is Dr. Rita Blaik, and I am the Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. I wanted to share with you all that CNSI offers free teacher training workshops on nanoscience experiments for K-12 educators throughout the year. Each workshop includes learning an...

by Rita Blaik > Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:42 PM

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Chemistry
stem class interdisciplinary approach
My small-ish independent school would like to implement stem throughout our grades 1-8 this year.  We have about 300 total students in these grades.  Science is considered a "special" in all grade levels, meaning it is taught by a specialist, not a self-contained classroom teacher.  As one of those ...

by Cindy Renkas > Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:22 PM

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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
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Free Eclipse 2017 Digital Experience Available from NASA and Infiniscope Audience: Grades 5-12 Eclipse Date: Aug. 21, 2017 Introduce your students to an entirely new type of learning experience with “ Eclipse 2017 ” from NASA and Infiniscope. Aligned with...

by Jessica Swann > Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Sarah, This one is timely because of the solar eclipse. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/21.html

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:56 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Weatherstem Interactive Lesson for Solar Eclipse
We created a special Weatherstem Eclipse module for NSTA Members and teachers at large. https://learn.weatherstem.com/modules/learn/lessons/166/index.html There is no charge and it can be used by students and staff. The Eclipse lesson includes interactivity and fusion of live weather data...

by Mark Hyer > Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:28 AM

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Earth and Space Science
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Great resources! I hope to update my "grants, contests and freebies" page for stem educators on my blog soon and will include these! Thanks! Sarah

by Sarah Benton > Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:59 AM

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STEM
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
[color=#000000][size=3][font=Arial]GrantsAlert In an ideal world, educators should be able to focus all of their energy on their students and pedagogy. Unfortunately, the reality is that educators often must focus on procuring resources, too.  More than ever, teachers and administrators are seekin...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:13 PM

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STEM
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
eCYBERMISSION eCYBERMISSION—one of the U.S. Army's Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP)—is a free, web-based stem competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of stem by working in teams to identify a problem in t...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:00 PM

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2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Thank you for posting, John! I have been searching about grants and opportunities for teachers and students for the 2017-2018 school year, too. I have been posting on twitter @athalmann77, however, I love the NSTA Learning Center to draw educators to share in one central place. Often times...

by Alison Thalmann > Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:57 PM

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STEM
2017-18 stem Teacher Grant Opportunity
Hi, all. Here is a great opportunity to write a short project proposal and perhaps receive a $500 award. This is a nationwide K-12 stem Teacher Grant competition we--a couple of technical committees within the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics--have conducted for about a dozen y...

by John Bloomer > Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:59 PM

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STEM
Make-up tests
I work for an public early college stem school.  My school uses a standards-based mastery grading system, so re-takes are mandatory.  In order to retake assessments (they are new tests and not the same one they did not master) students must have completed all work (assignments, homework, etc) for th...

by Rebecca Falin > Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:22 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Favorite New Resources for Back to School?
Thanks, Sarah, for posting this. I think we all continually hunt for those great sites to inspire us. I use NSTA a LOT and find all kinds of excellent ideas here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Another site is: https://www.ngssphenomena.com/ I found this site through CAST...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:01 PM

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STEM
Physiology/Anatomy Project Ideas?
Thank you so much posting your documents! I don't know if you are still teaching the course, but this is a fantastic idea and your students' projects were so creative! I would like to try this as for a PBL for the Goods and Garbage unit (digestive, respiratory and urinary systems). Mahalo!

by Lenore Kop > Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:23 PM

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Life Science
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
Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Yes I have done Project based learning. Our story line for our first unit is the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. In that unit we cover the concepts of global water issues, properties of water, Adams, the first 20 elements in the periodic table, chemical and physical changes all too demonstrate how when...

by Deborah Sparby > Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Volunteer opportunity with K-8 education nonprofit
The Chemical Educational Foundation ® (CEF) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to exposing K-8 learners to the excitement of science and fostering stem literacy. We are currently looking for science educators and professionals who are interested in volunteering with us as...

by Katie Wetstone > Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:08 AM

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Professional Development
NASA Mars Survival Kit for K-12
Thanks Pamela, And to learn more about planets in the solar system, check out NSTA Enhanced E-book " The Solar System ." Here is also an article on Science Scope from David Seidel: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/ss07_030_09_12 Add them to your library today and share ...

by Flavio Mendez > Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:33 PM

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Earth and Space Science
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
Getting girls involved in Science
Definitely look at your local colleges and universities for outreach programs. I live near UCONN and they had a Girls in Science program that looks to build interest, enthusiasm, and opportunities for girls to enter stem related career fields. Our students love it and many have gone on to programs...

by Steven Autieri > Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Apps
Hi Lauren, I have not used apps in preschool and lower primary grades. I looked at possible resources in the NSTA Learning Center and apps were for middle school. You might consider looking at some of the ones suggested in Educational Insider http://blog.iat.com/2014/12/29/25-stem...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:51 AM

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Early Childhood
Mobile Hands-on Physical Science Stations
I am a college professor involved in a collaborative effort to create a stem center to help our students in stem areas and to build bridges with secondary students. My component of this effort will be to create, during a sabbatical, an integrated physical science/math course along with a set of hand...

by Greg Baugher > Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 AM

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Physical Science
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
Bellringers that prompt discussion of cross-cutting concepts
Hi Douglas! I have some question stems that I use for the purpose you describe.  These stems and questions are can certainly be used to help students link core ideas, clarify thinking and understanding about core ideas, confront misconceptions about core ideas, and work to explain phenomena or de...

by Tricia Shelton > Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:52 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Explanatory Science Diagrams One feature that strikingly separates science/engineering papers, books, or reports from literary ones is the explanatory use of  visualizati...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:52 AM

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STEM
stem After School Program
I have been given funds for an after-school stem club. Thanks for the links to resources. This program is for grades 4 and 5. Any more recommendations would be welcome. Thanks.

by Eric Roth > Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:25 AM

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Informal Science
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
Physiology/Anatomy Project Ideas?
Another idea is to have the students embark on a "Fantastic Voyage" based on the movie/book from the 60s. They have to "travel" through a patients body to destroy a blood clot in the patient's brain. Students can write a dramatic narrative or dialogue that incorporates factual information about body...

by Eric Roth > Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:10 AM

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Life Science
How often do you teach science?
We have 30 minutes to teach stem at my school. Reading and math are our main focus though, so sometimes our stem time runs short. I am going to work harder this year to make sure my students get their stem time in. It is so hard though, even with a set schedule.

by Elizabeth Mims > Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:02 PM

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Elementary Science
Food Chains
I also teach 4th grade and we do a unit on Food Chains/Webs. The best thing I've done is to involve the students in role plays using the roles of sun, producer, herbivore, nectivore, predator, scavenger, etc... Then, we analyze the flow of energy and how these same roles exist in different ecosyst...

by Kristin Schlemmer > Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:06 PM

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Elementary Science
Must Have - New Teacher
Hi Mark! Congratulations!! I've found that the posters are much more for me than for students. I had a poster that said: "tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and realize that we're all in this together" which really helped me out on rough days... in retrospect I wouldn't have that exact poster i...

by Michelle Brown > Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:48 AM

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New Teachers
Critical Pedagogy and stem
Wow,Peter, that is such a timely topic. I left a high-performing, predominately upper class school after seventeen years to take part in a grant that has been in place for three years now. Our parish wrote a PROGRESS Federal Grant to reach those low performing schools with high-poverty students. The...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:04 PM

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STEM
Animals in the classroom?
My district brings critters to the schools in the spring. Different ones for different grade levels, and at the end of the school year they pick them up. it is awesome to watch snails, butterflies, fish, grasshoppers, etc...in their ecosystems; and how they develop in their life-cycles from birth. T...

by Kim Rivera > Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:48 PM

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Life Science
Critical Pedagogy and stem
                    Recently I attended a conference in Indianapolis that was sponsored by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. [LU1]  The theme of the conference was “…the space traders, intersections of race, politics and education”. Although the theme does not directly addre...

by Peter Klaeser > Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:33 PM

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STEM
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
Getting girls involved in Science
This is a great message. While it's perplexing that the gender gap still exist in science for girls - I think we may want to step back and look at it from more than just the US. As according to this article on girls in stem programs , the gender gap is also very pronounced in UK and India also. ...

by Rene Moss > Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:09 AM

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Elementary Science
stem PBL Openings in Az
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong stem PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:22 PM

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Professional Development
stem PBL Teaching Positions Open in AZ
Dear NSTA Members, Please excuse the cross-posting! I was asked to share the following job openings for a startup school that is looking for strong stem PBL teachers. I believe that the job openings were posted on the NSTA job board but they are still looking for the “right teachers” for th...

by Sharon Schleigh > Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Rewriting Even When Timed The Challenge In a recent position paper, Sarah M. Hess worries that coaching students to write under time constraints means that teachers mus...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:44 PM

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STEM
$50,000 Wish List
My school's middle school and high school classrooms has been gifted $100,000 to support stem education. We are a small school of about 75 middle school students 6-7-8th grade students. My classroom is being renovated and school's server will be updated which I believe will leave about $50,000 for e...

by Laura Anderson > Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:23 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Yes Don and everyone considering using this video Don's  observation: Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefrui...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:16 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Current Events in Science -- May 31, 2017
This discovery will cast off the present debate on the moral or unethical procedure of gathering stem cells from It relies what you imply by using Science current movements however whether it is something regarding science. Essay Help UK

by Jordan Davidson > Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:47 AM

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General Science and Teaching
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
STEAM + Economics + Equity? Strange bedfellows, but oh, how STEAM-EE
Empower Students and Revolutionize Learning with the Hottest Content Around Recently, American educators, students, and citizens have found it necessary to stand up for the protection of science as well as climate change research. Many of us understand that advancing science education and inquiry...

by Susan Santone > Tue May 30, 2017 5:51 PM

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STEM
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefruit and the other planets were appropriately sized common object. But we had to confron...

by Donald Boonstra > Tue May 30, 2017 4:23 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Student teacher
Jaqueline, check this out. http://www.stemmom.org/p/worm-unit.html

by Pamela Dupre > Mon May 22, 2017 10:44 AM

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Elementary Science
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
Standards Based Grading and NGSS
Chris,     For the NASA Mars Education lessons we developed Instructional Objectives (IO) and Learning Outcomes (LO) for each lesson. The IO and LO's were written using the 3-D format of a Performance Expectation, but were more focused. We then wrote a rubric for each Learning Outcome and suggest...

by Donald Boonstra > Thu May 18, 2017 4:08 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Energy Flow Misconceptions
Hi Dominique Deborah is right about energy as it only 'flows' in one direction. You might be interested in looking at the information from the NSTA SciGuide Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/5/SG-41 "Flow of...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed May 17, 2017 4:27 PM

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General Science and Teaching
ALL CLEAR ON GMO's
CRISPR's genome editing technology is definitely a perfect and relevant current events topic for the classroom! I think a discussion about GMOs can be a great way to introduce topics like bioaccumulation and even bioethics. I think it's important to present the bad and the good together. For ...

by Molly Miller > Mon May 15, 2017 5:14 PM

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Life Science
Virtual Conference Conversation: The Dynamic Ocean - Changes and Impacts
Greetings, Really impressed with the line up of scientists and educators assembled by NSTA, NOAA, and partners to present at today's conference. Climate Change is a defining issue of our time and the Ocean is the driver of so many Earth processes that directly impact humans and ecosystems glo...

by Bruce Moravchik > Sat May 13, 2017 12:11 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Standards Based Grading and NGSS
I've planned and implemented 3D lessons over the course of the school year. I feel very comfortable with this moving forward, but I still can't get my head wrapped around standards based grading in science. I taught math for 11 years and I had a system in place for this. I think worked quite well. I...

by Jeanette Kimbro > Sat May 13, 2017 8:25 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
2017 stem for All Video Showcase - Join the Conversation!
NEXT WEEK! 2017 stem for ALL Video Showcase Please join us May 15-22 for this exciting online event featuring 171 short videos of some of the best things happening in stem education! Each video has it's own online discussion which provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers and researchers ...

by Kimberly Patton > Thu May 11, 2017 9:33 AM

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STEM
Planets
The controversial topic of Pluto of not being a planet anymore is an excellent topic to discuss with students. It allows students to come up with reasons on why Pluto is no longer classified as a planet. One way to discuss Pluto’s classification in class is by comparing the eight planets of our s...

by Edgar Juarez > Sun May 07, 2017 1:47 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Books For Energy Flow in the Environment
Hi Dominque, Here is an NSTA collection on Energy and Matter Flow through Ecosystems for Middle Level http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=1CWsDp35tXU_E This is one of the books from the Global System Science series called Energy Flows. The last chapter is on life s...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sun May 07, 2017 10:08 AM

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Life Science
Energy Flow Misconceptions
What are some misconceptions students would have about energy flow in an ecosystem?

by Dominique Whitaker > Sat May 06, 2017 3:23 PM

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General Science and Teaching
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
Engaging Students
It looks like you are currently teaching first grade. Depending on what grows in your local environment, dandelion plants are ideal for showing plant parts, from roots to leaves to stems to various parts of the flower and seeds. Flowers with larger parts, such as fruit trees and later-flowering de...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Fri May 05, 2017 4:35 PM

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Elementary Science
Free Webinar on climate science resources May 9, 20178
Hi, everybody....I wanted to share this free Webinar coming up Tuesday afternoon. We will be giving away some prizes during the live version, and there will also be a recording for those who can't be online at that time. The Webinar is free, but you must pre-register. We hosted a similar Webinar i...

by Suzanne Taylor > Fri May 05, 2017 10:51 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: How Arguing From Evidence Can Be Taught When students write "about science" they sometimes just pile on lots of sentences without any sense that the sentences can and shou...

by T.R. Girill > Wed May 03, 2017 1:30 PM

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STEM
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
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
Kindergarten activities
Dandelions are easily accessible and allow children to have hands-on experience exploring different parts of a plant. I was so amazed, and so are my children, to discover that the white fluff and seeds are already there at the base of the yellow parts of the flower. Let them pluck and see the seeds....

by Marianne Cane > Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:58 AM

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Early Childhood
stem and Fairy Tales
Agreed. A major component of fairy tales is the lack of ability that women have on their own end to save themselves. One thing that I think could enhance this project even more in that respect is to not have students emulate new ways for the prince to save the princess, as in the Sleeping Beauty ...

by Jessica Bonnar > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:25 PM

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STEM
New Teachers
Have you ever dissected owl pellets? I've done it with 2nd grade through 5th grade. https://www.homesciencetools.com/a/owl-pellet-dissection-project You need to order them on line so they're sterilized or there may be access to some within the science department in your district. I would te...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:23 PM

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Life Science
stem Research in the Classroom: Your Experience?
Are there any instructors who have had experience with conducting stem research in the classroom (i.e., using student data to conduct their own peer-reviewed papers and/or collaborating with nearby universities on educational research)? Interested in how this plays out with the classroom dynamic, es...

by Jessica Bonnar > Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:13 PM

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Research in Science Education
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
Garden Activities
Hey Courtney, Growing up in Latin America in a very urban area, we were still able to have gardening, plant, and ecosystem lessons even with fewer resources than a typical classroom in the United States. An activity that I remember doing when I was in 1st grade, which can be built...

by Victoria Glynn > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:26 PM

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Life 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
Writing in stem
One really simple addition to any stem project is to include a "funding request" or persuasive piece that tries to convince a company/factory that a student's design is worth manufacturing (and should be chosen above any others because...). This puts a real-world spin on their project and begins to...

by Erick McGinley > Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:13 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Writing in stem
The people who receive grants are often ones who can write well. In preparation for future careers in stem, how important is it for teachers to stress and implement critical thinking and writing skills in a classroom? What sort of writing activity or essay format would best prepare and convince stud...

by Ivana Hom > Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:20 PM

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General Science and Teaching
First Grade Science Lesson
Hi!! I did a 5E Lesson on the solar system. The students enjoyed the topic. You can also do it on solids, liquids, and gas which is another lesson they enjoy or on plants.

by Katarina Hernandez > Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Activities for 3rd grade
A lesson on the solar system can be very fun. Why not watch a short clip on the Flocabulary website and also do an interactive lapbook.

by Amanda Perez > Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:02 AM

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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
Interactive Lessons
OMG Linda! I recently taught a lesson using different balls to represent the planets in the solar system. Laregilon, I can help you with such lesson. I will email you the details of the lesson.

by Hallie Seals > Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:03 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Test review
I went to a great workshop at the NSTA stem convention in MN and learned about using conduit tape and thread to truly "create" individual projects. The teacher that presented gave an awesome story of one of her students. After learning in class, the student decided to add conductive thread and LED ...

by Erick McGinley > Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:28 AM

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General Science and Teaching
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
I just ended my Earth's Place in the Universe course with this video https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/417309/our-place-in-the-universe/ It is well worth the view and the companion video on how they did it How they did it "A group of friends discovered there were no proportiona...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:31 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Girls in Science
I've always known that there was a sort of stereotype in the stem fields, specifically science, that girls were not that interested in it. How can I show my female students that it is okay to be interested in Science?

by Haley Thomas > Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:49 PM

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Elementary Science
Student-Teacher
Hi, I am also Student Teaching I for University of Houston. As out educational system shifts towards stem it is beneficial that we can acquire information and ask for help through a simple site. Enjoy student teaching and take in all the good and learn from the experiences that your are placed in.

by Cecilia Cardona > Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:08 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
I use to work at a a toy store that sold learning based toys. One thing I always saw fly off the shelves was a stem based toy called Goldie Blox. I never knew what it was until I read the back of the box one day. The girls can make different things out of these blocks. They can make slides, spinning...

by Jacqueline Wilkey > Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:11 PM

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Elementary Science
Activities for 3rd grade
Alma, Look here: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/search/default.aspx?action=br...l=&author= Flavio.

by Flavio Mendez > Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:11 AM

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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
Interactive Lessons
Hi Laregilon. I like having 3rd grade students choose from among spherical objects of various sizes and colors (marbles, ice cream sprinkles, balls, BBs, balloons, etc.) to build their own solar system models. They would need to justify why they selected each object for the model, then explain what ...

by Linda Cook > Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:53 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Science Resources
My school uses stem scopes for science instruction. What are resources used in some of your schools?

by Laregilon Hughes > Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:28 PM

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Research in Science Education
Interactive Lessons
Hello everyone, my name is Laregilon Hughes and I student teach at the University of Houston. Do you have any suggestions for an interactive solar system lesson for third grade.

by Laregilon Hughes > Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:18 PM

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Earth and Space Science