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Nutrition: Grades 9-12 SciGuide
SciGuide
Nutrition: Grades 9-12
Grade Level: College, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Nutrition can be defined quite simply as the science of how the body uses food. But what is food? How does food transform into substances that nourish the body? What do those substances do, and what...  [view full summary]
SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Nutrition can be defined quite simply as the science of how the body uses food. But what is food? How does food transform into substances that nourish the body? What do those substances do, and what foods provide them? And how do we make informed food choices to sustain life?
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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology
By: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller, and Ky F. Herreid
Grade Level: College
“Using real stories with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line is a powerful and logical way to teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens, regardless of whether they are science specialists or laypeople.”
—from the introduction to Science Stories You Can Count On

This book can make you a marvel of classroom multitasking. First, it helps you achieve a serious goal: to blend 12 areas...  [view full summary]
“Using real stories with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line is a powerful and logical way to teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens, regardless of whether they are science specialists or laypeople.”
—from the introduction to Science Stories You Can Count On

This book can make you a marvel of classroom multitasking. First, it helps you achieve a serious goal: to blend 12 areas of general biology with quantitative reasoning in ways that will make your students better at evaluating product claims and news reports. Second, its 51 case studies are a great way to get students engaged in science. Who wouldn’t be glad to skip the lecture and instead delve into investigating cases with titles like these:

• “A Can of Bull? Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?”
• “ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism”
• “The Case of the Druid Dracula”
• “As the Worm Turns: Speciation and the Maggot Fly”
• “The Dead Zone: Ecology and Oceanography in the Gulf of Mexico”

Long-time pioneers in the use of educational case studies, the authors have written two other popular NSTA Press books: Start With a Story (2007) and Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking (2012). Science Stories You Can Count On is easy to use with both biology majors and nonscience students. The cases are clearly written and provide detailed teaching notes and answer keys on a coordinating website. You can count on this book to help you promote scientific and data literacy in ways to prepare students to reason quantitatively and, as the authors write, “to be astute enough to demand to see the evidence.”
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The NSTA Reader's Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education, Second Edition: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The NSTA Reader's Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education, Second Edition: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
Edited by: Harold Pratt
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
The handy Reader's Guide unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline—allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors, and others to more easily grasp how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) differ from previous standards.

This second edition includes 10 essays by key...  [view full summary]
The handy Reader's Guide unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline—allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors, and others to more easily grasp how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) differ from previous standards.

This second edition includes 10 essays by key leaders in science education, each further explaining the Framework.
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Exemplary College Science Teaching NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Exemplary College Science Teaching
Edited by: Robert E. Yager
Grade Level: College
“Since K–12 students taught using the new [Next Generation Science Standards]will be arriving in college classrooms prepared in a different way from those in our classrooms currently, it would behoove college teachers to be prepared to alter their teaching methods ... or be perceived to be dinosaurs using the older teaching methods.”
— From Exemplary College Science Teaching

If you’re looking for inspiration to alter...  [view full summary]
“Since K–12 students taught using the new [Next Generation Science Standards]will be arriving in college classrooms prepared in a different way from those in our classrooms currently, it would behoove college teachers to be prepared to alter their teaching methods ... or be perceived to be dinosaurs using the older teaching methods.”
— From Exemplary College Science Teaching

If you’re looking for inspiration to alter your teaching methods to match new standards and new times, this book is for you. As the first in the Exemplary Science series to focus exclusively on college science teaching, this book offers 16 examples of college teaching that builds on what students learned in high school.

Understanding that college does not exist in a vacuum, the chapter authors demonstrate how to adapt the methods and frameworks under which secondary students have been working and make them their own for the college classroom, adding new technologies when appropriate and letting the students take an active role in their learning.

Among the innovative topics and techniques the essays in this book explore are
• Lecture-free college science teaching
• Peer-led study groups as learning communities
• Jigsaw techniques that enhance learning
• Inquiry incorporated into large-group settings
• Interactive video conferences for assessing student attitudes and behaviors

The clichéd image of the professor droning on before a packed lecture hall is a thing of the past. The essays in this book explain why—and offer the promise of a better future.
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The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities
By: Rodger W. Bybee
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If you’re an education leader concerned with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, this book will help you both understand and implement STEM action plans. The book starts by putting STEM in context, as the early chapters outline the challenges facing STEM education, draw lessons from the Sputnik moment of the 1950s and 1960s, and contrast contemporary STEM with other education reforms. The author then explores appropriate...  [view full summary]
If you’re an education leader concerned with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, this book will help you both understand and implement STEM action plans. The book starts by putting STEM in context, as the early chapters outline the challenges facing STEM education, draw lessons from the Sputnik moment of the 1950s and 1960s, and contrast contemporary STEM with other education reforms. The author then explores appropriate roles for the federal government as well as states, districts, and individual schools. Finally, the book offers several ideas you can use to develop actual action plans for STEM. Throughout the book, author Rodger W. Bybee puts an emphasis on both thinking and acting. That’s why The Case for STEM Education is a must-read for leaders at all levels: national and state policy makers, state-level educators responsible for STEM initiatives, college and university faculty who educate future STEM teachers, local administrators who make decisions about district and school programs, and teachers who represent STEM disciplines.
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition
Edited by: Susan B. Koba and Brenda Wojnowski with Robert E. Yager
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
“This book will help the reader to design and evaluate varying professional development options, thereby making better and more efficient use of limited professional development dollars.”
—The editors of Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development

If you want to make the most of your precious professional development budget—and who doesn’t?—look for inspiration in this updated edition from the Exemplary...  [view full summary]
“This book will help the reader to design and evaluate varying professional development options, thereby making better and more efficient use of limited professional development dollars.”
—The editors of Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development

If you want to make the most of your precious professional development budget—and who doesn’t?—look for inspiration in this updated edition from the Exemplary Science series. This essay collection is designed to spark new ideas while encouraging high-quality learning opportunities for teachers at all grade levels. The book features:

• An overview of current research on quality professional development and how it aligns with the National Science Education Standards.
• Fourteen professional development programs that provide real-life models of how to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach recommended by the Standards. End-of-chapter questions help you relate the material to your own situation.
• A reader’s guide that includes suggestions for using the book in professional learning communities and other collaborative settings.

Some of the collection’s authors contributed to the first edition and have updated their chapters to share additional data and communicate what they’ve learned that might support your work. Additional chapters describe programs and approaches new to this edition. Whether you’re a teacher, staff development provider, administrator, or preservice science methods instructor, you’ll find this collection to be a fresh and highly useful professional learning tool.

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Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers
Edited by: Robert E. Yager
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
National standards encourage science teachers to help “increase student economic productivity through the use of the knowledge, understandings, and skills of the scientifically literate person in their careers.” Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers provides the examples and inspiration to accelerate the trend toward steering students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This book explores 16 examples...  [view full summary]
National standards encourage science teachers to help “increase student economic productivity through the use of the knowledge, understandings, and skills of the scientifically literate person in their careers.” Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers provides the examples and inspiration to accelerate the trend toward steering students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This book explores 16 examples of ideas and experiences representing a large number of career areas; they include scientists, engineers, inventors, and education reformers. Many of the authors have enlisted the help of community members and business and industry representatives, emphasizing the more current view of what science is and the importance of collaborative learning. Science is the act of humans trying to make sense of objects and events found in the natural world. It is exciting to engage students in resolving problems and issues using their own ideas. If science is personally experienced, it will attract many more to STEM careers!

When teachers change their teaching, student interest increases—and more students aspire to science-related careers as well. Changes in teaching must occur and typical courses must change to focus more on student efforts with projects, activities, and problem-solving. This is the best plan for getting more students interested in pursuing STEM careers after high school.
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Why Science? NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Why Science?
By: James Trefil
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Prize-winning scientist and bestselling author James Trefil contends that in order to participate fully in the democratic process, people must understand fundamental scientific concepts. In Why Science? Trefil details the concepts needed in order to be “scientifically literate.”

The concepts he explores range from understanding natural selection to grasping Maxwell’s Equations governing electricity and magnetism; from recognizing that...  [view full summary]
Prize-winning scientist and bestselling author James Trefil contends that in order to participate fully in the democratic process, people must understand fundamental scientific concepts. In Why Science? Trefil details the concepts needed in order to be “scientifically literate.”

The concepts he explores range from understanding natural selection to grasping Maxwell’s Equations governing electricity and magnetism; from recognizing that the surface of the earth is constantly in flux to grasping the basic concepts of physics and chemistry.

In addition, Trefil describes the state of science knowledge today; explains why he believes today’s science education is insufficient for tomorrow’s needs; confronts headline issues, including stem cell research, global warming, cloning, and “intelligent design;” and suggests a middle way between the two prevailing approaches to science education: “deep and narrow” vs. “broad but shallow.”
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Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking
By: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller, and Ky F. Herreid
Grade Level: College
Stories give life and substance to scientific methods and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy Schiller, and Ky Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process....  [view full summary]
Stories give life and substance to scientific methods and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy Schiller, and Ky Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process. Each case study comprises a story, classroom discussion questions, teaching notes and background information, objectives, and common misconceptions about the topic, as well as helpful references. College-level educators and high school teachers will find that this compilation of case studies will allow students to make connections between the classroom and everyday life. Science Stories is sure to make science engaging and enlightening for both students and teachers.
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The Lingo of Learning: 88 Education Terms Every Science Teacher Should Know NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The Lingo of Learning: 88 Education Terms Every Science Teacher Should Know
By: Alan Colburn
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
What does “constructivism” mean? What is the difference between “reliability” and “validity?” You’ll be surprised at the ease of finding definitive answers to terminology questions like these with The Lingo of Learning. Ideal for the time-pressed science teacher who is ready to learn once and for all what key terms really mean.

Each of the 88 entries—from “anticipatory set” to “zone of proximal growth”—is a concise discussion (300...  [view full summary]
What does “constructivism” mean? What is the difference between “reliability” and “validity?” You’ll be surprised at the ease of finding definitive answers to terminology questions like these with The Lingo of Learning. Ideal for the time-pressed science teacher who is ready to learn once and for all what key terms really mean.

Each of the 88 entries—from “anticipatory set” to “zone of proximal growth”—is a concise discussion (300 to 500 words) of education terms and ideas, most within the context of science teaching. The book’s chapters cover teaching techniques, learning theories, research concepts, and even the nature of science. Although this is a useful reference for a quick definition, you’ll be drawn into reading entire chapters—and come away with a deeper understanding. The author’s special gift: a friendly writing style, a balanced approach, and a willingness to tackle common misconceptions.


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