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Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition: A Practical STEM Guide NSTA Press Book
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Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition: A Practical STEM Guide
By: Olaf Jorgenson, Rick Vanosdall, Vicki Massey, and Jackie Cleveland
Grade Level: Middle School
“We are among those who have come to enjoy the blossoming intellects, often comical behaviors, and insatiable curiosity of middle schoolers—and choose to work with them! With more than 130 years of combined experience in the profession, we’ve gathered a lot of ideas to share. We know from our interactions with educators around the country that precious few quality resources exist to assist science teachers ‘in the middle,’ and this was a central impetus...  [view full summary]
“We are among those who have come to enjoy the blossoming intellects, often comical behaviors, and insatiable curiosity of middle schoolers—and choose to work with them! With more than 130 years of combined experience in the profession, we’ve gathered a lot of ideas to share. We know from our interactions with educators around the country that precious few quality resources exist to assist science teachers ‘in the middle,’ and this was a central impetus for updating Doing Good Science in Middle School.”
—From the preface

This lively book contains the kind of guidance that could only come from veterans of the middle school science trenches. The authors know you’re crazy-busy, so they made the book easy to use, whether you want to read it cover to cover or pick out sections to help you with lesson planning and classroom management. They also know you face new challenges, so they thoroughly revised this second edition to meet the needs of today’s students. The book contains:

• big-picture concepts, such as how to understand middle school learners and explore the nature of science with them;
• a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction, aligned with A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards;
• 10 new and updated teacher-tested activities that integrate STEM with literacy skill-building;
• information on best instructional practices and professional-development resources; and
• connections to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

If you’re a new teacher, you’ll gain a solid foundation in how to teach science and engineering practices while better understanding your often-enigmatic middle-grade students. If you’re a veteran teacher, you’ll benefit from a fresh view of what your colleagues are doing in new times. Either way, Doing Good Science in Middle School is a rich opportunity to reaffirm that what you do is “good science.”
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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 Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (and You!) Make Sense of Data NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (and You!) Make Sense of Data
By: Michael Bowen and Anthony Bartley
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Here’s the ideal statistics book for teachers with no statistics background. Written in an informal style with easy-to-grasp examples, The Basics of Data Literacy teaches you how to help your students understand data. Then, in turn, they learn how to collect, summarize, and analyze statistics inside and outside the classroom.

The book’s 10 succinct chapters provide an introduction to types of variables and data, ways to structure...  [view full summary]
Here’s the ideal statistics book for teachers with no statistics background. Written in an informal style with easy-to-grasp examples, The Basics of Data Literacy teaches you how to help your students understand data. Then, in turn, they learn how to collect, summarize, and analyze statistics inside and outside the classroom.

The book’s 10 succinct chapters provide an introduction to types of variables and data, ways to structure and interpret data tables, simple statistics, and survey basics from a student perspective. The appendices include hands-on activities tailored to middle and high school investigations. Because data are so central to many of the ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards, the ability to work with such information is an important science skill for both you and your students.

This accessible book will help you get over feeling intimidated as your students learn to evaluate messy data on the Internet, in the news, and in future negotiations with car dealers and insurance agents.
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Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide
By: Eric Brunsell, Deb M. Kneser, and Kevin J. Niemi
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If you’re charged with helping educators achieve the vision of the new science standards, this is the professional development resource you need. This book is chock-full of activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the standards into practice in the classroom.

Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS
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If you’re charged with helping educators achieve the vision of the new science standards, this is the professional development resource you need. This book is chock-full of activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the standards into practice in the classroom.

Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS
• Introduces the vocabulary, structure, and conceptual shifts of the NGSS
• Explores the three dimensions of the Framework—science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—and how they’re integrated in the NGSS
• Provides classroom case studies of instructional approaches for students challenged by traditional science teaching
• Covers curricular decisions involving course mapping, designing essential questions and performance assessments, and using the NGSS to plan units of instruction
• Examines the connections between the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards
• Offers advice for getting past common professional development sticking points and finding further resources

Given the widespread changes in today’s education landscape, teachers and administrators may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting the new standards into practice. If you’re a science specialist, curriculum coordinator, or instructional coach who provides professional development, you will find this collection immensely helpful for heading off “initiative fatigue,” whether in an individual school or throughout a district.
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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment
By: Page Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School
“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers is to find ways to elicit these ideas and then use appropriate strategies to move students’ learning...  [view full summary]
“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers is to find ways to elicit these ideas and then use appropriate strategies to move students’ learning forward.”
—Page Keeley, author of the bestselling NSTA Press series
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

You don’t have to become a mind reader to understand the ideas young students bring to science class. This collection will help you draw out and then recognize what students know—or think they know—about the natural world. What Are They Thinking? is a compendium of 30 “Formative Assessment Probes” columns from NSTA’s elementary journal Science and Children. Each chapter provides:

A sample formative assessment probe: a set of interesting questions that root out commonly held, often-mistaken ideas. Geared to elementary students, probe topics range from why you can see the Moon in the daytime to where water goes when it evaporates to what is or isn’t a rock. Your students’ answers to each probe will help you take a step back and figure out how to guide them from where they are conceptually to where they need to be.
Accompanying teacher notes: easy-to-grasp explanations and advice that tell you how to encourage evidence-based discussion and then monitor students’ understanding.
A bonus feature: a set of study group questions written especially for this compendium by award-winning author Page Keeley.

So forget about acquiring psychic powers. Instead, turn to What Are They Thinking? to transform both your teaching and your students’ learning about science.
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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12 NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
By: Victor Sampson, Peter Carafano, Patrick Enderle, Steve Fannin, Jonathon Grooms, Sherry A. Southerland, Carol Stallworth, and Kiesha Williams
Grade Level: High School
Available November 2014

Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports. Thirty...  [view full summary]
Available November 2014

Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports. Thirty field-tested labs cover a broad range of topics related to chemical reactions and matter's structure and properties. You can use them as introduction labs to acquaint students with new content or as application labs to try out a theory, law, or unifying concept.

Like Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology, this book was written by veteran teachers who made it easy to use and aligned with today's standards. All labs include reproducible student pages, teacher notes, and checkout questions. If you've been wanting to try an argument-driven approach to chemistry but haven't been sure how, this book will provide both the information and instructional materials you need to get started.
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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12 NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12
By: Victor Sampson, Patrick Enderle, Leeanne Gleim, Jonathon Grooms, Melanie Hester, Sherry Southerland, and Kristin Wilson
Grade Level: High School
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but just aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. This book will provide you with both the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations.

The book is broken into two basic parts:
1. An introduction...  [view full summary]
Are you interested in using argument-driven inquiry for high school lab instruction but just aren’t sure how to do it? You aren’t alone. This book will provide you with both the information and instructional materials you need to start using this method right away. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology is a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations.

The book is broken into two basic parts:
1. An introduction to the stages of argument-driven inquiry—from question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation to double-blind peer review and report revision.

2. A well-organized series of 27 field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution. The investigations are designed to be more authentic scientific experiences than traditional laboratory activities. They give your students an opportunity to design their own methods, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique claims and evidence.

Because the authors are veteran teachers, they designed Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology to be easy to use and aligned with today’s standards. The labs include reproducible student pages and teacher notes. The investigations will help your students learn the core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices found in the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, they offer ways for students to develop the disciplinary skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards.

Many of today’s teachers—like you—want to find new ways to engage students in scientific practices and help students learn more from lab activities. Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology does all of this even as it gives students the chance to practice reading, writing, speaking, and using math in the context of science.
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Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
By: Page D. Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
A Copublication of Corwin Press and NSTA Press

Available October 2014

This book shows readers how to use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom. In the bestselling first volume, Page Keeley shared 75 techniques that help K-12 science teachers determine students' understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepend students' mastery of content and standards....  [view full summary]
A Copublication of Corwin Press and NSTA Press

Available October 2014

This book shows readers how to use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom. In the bestselling first volume, Page Keeley shared 75 techniques that help K-12 science teachers determine students' understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepend students' mastery of content and standards. Volume 2 will present 50 new strategies linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum.

The assessments include:

-- a description of how each technique promotes student learning
-- considerations for design and implementation, such as required materials, timing, modeling the technique, and grouping students
-- modifications for different types of students or purposes
-- caveats for using each technique, and
-- ways the techniques can be used in other content areas.
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Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How Do I Infuse Real-World Problem Solving into Science, Technology, and Math? NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How Do I Infuse Real-World Problem Solving into Science, Technology, and Math?
By: Pamela Truesdell
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
A Copublication of ASCD Arias and NSTA Press

Available April 2014

A straightforward look at how to begin addressing the “E” in STEM instruction in a way that’s engaging, motivating, and linked to key content, standards, and 21st century skills.

Are you looking for ways to incorporate rigorous problem solving in your classroom? Are you struggling with how to include the “E” in your STEM instruction? Here is...  [view full summary]
A Copublication of ASCD Arias and NSTA Press

Available April 2014

A straightforward look at how to begin addressing the “E” in STEM instruction in a way that’s engaging, motivating, and linked to key content, standards, and 21st century skills.

Are you looking for ways to incorporate rigorous problem solving in your classroom? Are you struggling with how to include the “E” in your STEM instruction? Here is where to start.

In this practical introduction to engineering for elementary through high school teachers, you’ll learn how to create effective engineering-infused lessons that break down the barriers between science, math, and technology instruction. Veteran teacher Pamela Truesdell highlights engineering’s connection to 21st century skills and college and career readiness, addresses the Next Generation Science Standards, and walks you through each step of the simple but powerful engineering design process. This is the essential tool of professional engineers and the key to engaging students in hands-on, collaborative projects that ask them to apply content area knowledge to find solutions for real-world problems. A sample lesson, links to additional resources, and guidelines for assessment ensure you’ll have the essentials you need to kick off your students’ exploration of engineering.
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Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development
By: Brenda Wojnowski and Celestine Pea
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
The arrival of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) makes it the ideal time to kick-start your professional development program, and this ambitious book is the perfect source of inspiration to help you do so.
The book’s emphasis is on developing highly effective teachers who are expected to improve student achievement in STEM education; its focus is on research-based models underlying systemic reform efforts across the nation....  [view full summary]
The arrival of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) makes it the ideal time to kick-start your professional development program, and this ambitious book is the perfect source of inspiration to help you do so.
The book’s emphasis is on developing highly effective teachers who are expected to improve student achievement in STEM education; its focus is on research-based models underlying systemic reform efforts across the nation. The book opens with expert views on the history of professional development in science education, the challenges of the new standards, and related research on learning. Then, the book’s core highlights critical aspects of several successful programs and provides forward-looking insights into the needed professional development surrounding the NGSS.
Models and Approaches is a vital resource for state, district, and school leaders as well as classroom teachers. It will help you to both analyze what you do now and implement new strategies to make STEM professional development more effective at all levels.
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