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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success NSTA Press Book
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success
Edited by: Robert E. Yager and Herbert Brunkhorst
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Everybody talks about STEM initiatives, but is anybody doing them effectively? This book’s answer is a resounding yes! It tells the inside stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that both connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.

The featured programs make it clear that STEM education can work for all age levels and in a variety of settings—traditional classrooms,...  [view full summary]
Everybody talks about STEM initiatives, but is anybody doing them effectively? This book’s answer is a resounding yes! It tells the inside stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that both connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.

The featured programs make it clear that STEM education can work for all age levels and in a variety of settings—traditional classrooms, charter and magnet schools, informal education programs, and after-school and summer activities. A look at the chapter titles shows you the broad range of STEM-related subjects:

• STEM Starters: An Effective Model for Elementary Teachers and Students
• STEMRAYS: After-School STEM Research Clubs
• Urban STEM: Watch It Grow!
• Mission Biotech: Using Technology to Support Learner Engagement in STEM
• Mixed-Reality Labs: Combining Sensors and Simulations to Improve STEM Education
• A State STEM Initiative Takes Root and Blossoms
• Developing STEM Site-Based Teacher and Administrator Leadership

Whether you’re a teacher seeking fresh ideas, an administrator eager to learn what other schools do, or a district science coordinator charged with making professional development more effective, this creative collection offers the information and inspiration you need to make your own STEM programs exemplary.
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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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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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Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction
By: Rodger Bybee
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), you need a resource to help you answer pressing questions about how the standards fit with your curriculum, instruction, and assessments. Rodger W. Bybee has written Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction to provide essential guidance for everyone from teachers to school administrators to district and state science coordinators.
As practical as it is timely,...  [view full summary]
With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), you need a resource to help you answer pressing questions about how the standards fit with your curriculum, instruction, and assessments. Rodger W. Bybee has written Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction to provide essential guidance for everyone from teachers to school administrators to district and state science coordinators.
As practical as it is timely, this book includes an introduction to NGSS; examples of the standards translated to classroom instruction in elementary, middle, and high school; and assistance in adapting current units of instruction to align with the standards.
Bybee notes that the success of the new standards depends greatly on teachers’ ability to give students opportunities to learn the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas of the NGSS. Reading this book is an important first step toward addressing educators’ questions and concerns about how to provide those opportunities and implement the standards.
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5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science
By: Jennifer L. Cartier, Margaret S. Smith, Mary Kay Stein, and Danielle K. Ross
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
A Copublication of NCTM and NSTA Press.

Robust and effective classroom discussions are essential for providing students with opportunities to simultaneously engage in science practices while learning key science content. Using numerous examples and science learning tasks, the authors show how teachers can plan the lesson to encourage students to not only learn science content but employ disciplinary practices as well. This volume outlines...  [view full summary]
A Copublication of NCTM and NSTA Press.

Robust and effective classroom discussions are essential for providing students with opportunities to simultaneously engage in science practices while learning key science content. Using numerous examples and science learning tasks, the authors show how teachers can plan the lesson to encourage students to not only learn science content but employ disciplinary practices as well. This volume outlines the five practices teachers need for facilitating effective inquiry-oriented classrooms:

• Anticipate what students will do—what strategies they will use—in solving a problem
• Monitor their work as they approach the problem in class
• Select students whose strategies are worth discussing in class
• Sequence those students’ presentations to maximize their potential to increase students’ learning
• Connect the strategies and ideas in a way that helps students understand the science learned

The 5 Practices framework identifies a set of instructional practices that will help teachers achieve high-demand learning objectives by using student work as the launching point for discussions in which important scientific ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated.
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Succeeding With Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Succeeding With Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms
By: Jeff C. Marshall
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
A Copublication of ASCD and NSTA Press.

Teaching in a math or science classroom can be a great opportunity to shift the focus of instruction away from telling and more toward having students do and experience academic content. Jeff C. Marshall explains how to plan and implement that kind of high-quality instruction by combining three practices that have been show to increase students’ critical thinking skills—inquiry-based instruction,...  [view full summary]
A Copublication of ASCD and NSTA Press.

Teaching in a math or science classroom can be a great opportunity to shift the focus of instruction away from telling and more toward having students do and experience academic content. Jeff C. Marshall explains how to plan and implement that kind of high-quality instruction by combining three practices that have been show to increase students’ critical thinking skills—inquiry-based instruction, formative assessment, and teacher reflection. Real-world lesson plans and units of study help you engage students, encourage them to explore and think critically, and meet learning requirements and standards while making these subjects fun.
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It's Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy K-12 NSTA Press Book
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It's Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy K-12
By: Dana L. Zeidler and Sami Kahn
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
“Functional scientific literacy requires an understanding of the nature of science and the skills necessary to think both scientifically and ethically about everyday issues.” —from the introduction to It’s Debatable!

This book encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the understanding and thinking skills your students need to explore real-world questions like these:

• Should schools charge a "tax” to discourage...  [view full summary]
“Functional scientific literacy requires an understanding of the nature of science and the skills necessary to think both scientifically and ethically about everyday issues.” —from the introduction to It’s Debatable!

This book encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the understanding and thinking skills your students need to explore real-world questions like these:

• Should schools charge a "tax” to discourage kids from eating unhealthy foods?
• Should local governments lower speed limits to reduce traffic fatalities?
• Should pharmaceutical companies be allowed to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers?

At the core of the exploration is the Socioscientific Issues Framework. The framework gives students practice in the research, analysis, and argumentation necessary to grapple with difficult questions and build scientific literacy. After introducing the concept of the framework and explaining how it aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards, the book shows you how to implement it through seven units targeted to the elementary, middle, and high school levels. You even find out how to develop your own socioscientific issues curriculum.

Both practical and content-rich, It’s Debatable! doesn’t shy away from controversy. Instead, the authors encourage you and your students to confront just how messy the questions raised by science (and pseudoscience) can be. After all, as the authors note, “The only way for our students to be prepared for participation in societal discourse is to have practice in their school years, and what better place than the science classroom?”
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Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition: A Practical STEM Guide NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
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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Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 2: 39 New Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 2: 39 New Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes
By: Page Keeley and Rand Harrington
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If you and your students can’t get enough of a good thing, Volume 2 of Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science is just what you need. The book offers 39 new formative assessment probes, this time with a focus on electric charge, electric current, and magnets and electromagnetism. It can help you do everything from demystify electromagnetic fields to explain the real reason balloons stick to the wall after you rub them on your hair.

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If you and your students can’t get enough of a good thing, Volume 2 of Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science is just what you need. The book offers 39 new formative assessment probes, this time with a focus on electric charge, electric current, and magnets and electromagnetism. It can help you do everything from demystify electromagnetic fields to explain the real reason balloons stick to the wall after you rub them on your hair.

Like the other eight wildly popular books in the full series,Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 2:

• Provides a collection of engaging questions, or formative assessment probes. Each probe in this volume is designed to uncover what students know—or think they know—about electric or magnetic phenomena or identify misunderstandings they may develop during instruction.

• Offers field-tested teacher materials that provide “best answers” along with distracters designed to reveal misconceptions that students commonly hold.

• Is easy to use by time-starved teachers like you. The new probes are short, easy-to-administer activities that come ready to reproduce. In addition to explaining the science content, the teacher materials note links to national standards and suggest grade-appropriate ways to present material so students will learn it accurately.

By helping you detect and then make sound instructional decisions to address students’ misconceptions, this new volume has the potential to transform your teaching.

“I have used this entire series for assessing student understanding, for small- and large-group class discussions, and to fill those five- or 10-minute ‘unexpected’ moments that arise during the day. The prompts are so popular that students beg to do them. … This series is so helpful that I would not consider teaching without it.”
—A teacher review of the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series from the NSTA Science Store
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Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9-12: Phenomenon-Based Learning NSTA Press Book
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Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9-12: Phenomenon-Based Learning
By: Matthew Bobrowsky, Mikko Korhonen, and Jukka Kohtamäki
Grade Level: High School
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, Boomwhackers, Flying Pigs, and more? The 54 experiments in Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9–12, encourage your high school students to explore a variety of phenomena involved with pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, buoyancy, two-dimensional motion, angular momentum, magnetism, and...  [view full summary]
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, Boomwhackers, Flying Pigs, and more? The 54 experiments in Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9–12, encourage your high school students to explore a variety of phenomena involved with pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, buoyancy, two-dimensional motion, angular momentum, magnetism, and electromagnetic induction.

The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book:
1. To improve your students’ thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
2. To acquire easy-to-perform experiments that engage students in the topic
3. To make your physics lessons waaaaay more cool

The phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach used by the authors—two Finnish teachers and a U.S. professor—is as educational as the experiments are attention-grabbing. Instead of putting the theory before the application, PBL encourages students to first experience how the gadgets work and then grow curious enough to find out why. Students engage in the activities not as a task to be completed but as exploration and discovery.

The idea is to help your students go beyond simply memorizing physics facts. Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos can help them learn broader concepts, useful critical-thinking skills, and science and engineering practices (as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards). And—thanks to those Boomwhackers and Flying Pigs—both your students and you will have some serious fun.

For more information about hands-on materials for Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, visit Arbor Scientific at http://www.arborsci.com/nsta-hs-kits
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