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Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8: Phenomenon-Based Learning NSTA Press Book
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Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6-8: Phenomenon-Based Learning
By: Matthew Bobrowsky, Mikko Korhonen, and Jukka Kohtamäki
Grade Level: Middle School
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, and more? The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8, cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy.

The authors say there are three good reasons to buy this book:
1. To improve your students’ thinking skills...  [view full summary]
What student—or teacher—can resist the chance to experiment with Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, and more? The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8, cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy.

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 get 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 physical science facts. Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos can help them learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and science and engineering practices (as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards). And—thanks to those Sound Pipes and Dropper Poppers—both your students and you will have some serious fun.
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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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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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Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12 NSTA Press Book
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Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12
Edited by: Nancy Trautmann, Jennifer Fee, Terry M. Tomasek, and NancyLee R. Bergey
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
“Observing the life cycle of monarch butterflies and following their remarkable migratory journeys between Canada, the United States, and Mexico …
“Tracking climate change by recording the dates of first leaf, flower, and fruit of local trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses ...
“Discovering which bird species migrate, where they go, and when …
“Exploring life cycles and population dynamics of frogs, toads, and other animals
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“Observing the life cycle of monarch butterflies and following their remarkable migratory journeys between Canada, the United States, and Mexico …
“Tracking climate change by recording the dates of first leaf, flower, and fruit of local trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses ...
“Discovering which bird species migrate, where they go, and when …
“Exploring life cycles and population dynamics of frogs, toads, and other animals in nearby ponds …
“Citizen science projects such as these gather data through public collaboration in scientific research….We invite you to dig in and become part of this exciting and rapidly growing movement. Your students will not only learn science, but they will also be scientists, and their projects will bring biological and environmental science to life in your classes.”

—from the Preface to Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6–12

The editors of this book have a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research—also known as citizen science. The book is specifically designed to get you comfortable using citizen science to support independent inquiry through which your students can learn both content and process skills. Citizen Science offers you: •Real-life case studies of classes that engaged in citizen science and learned authentic scientific processes and the habits of mind associated with scientific reasoning. •Fifteen stimulating lessons you can use to build data collection and analysis into your teaching. •Plenty of flexibility. You can use the lessons with or without access to field or lab facilities; whether or not your students can collect and submit data of their own; and inside your classroom or outside through fieldwork in schoolyards, parks, or other natural areas in urban or rural settings.
You don’t need an advanced degree in science to guide your students in productive participation in one of a growing variety of citizen science projects. As the editors note, “Such involvement can scaffold teachers’ entry into facilitating student investigation while connecting students with relevant, meaningful, and real experiences with science.”
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The New Science Teacher's Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The New Science Teacher's Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching
By: Sarah Reeves Young and Mike Roberts
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
“One of the first activities I ask new science teachers to do in my methods course is to think of a memorable science activity from their past. Whether it’s creating an exploding vinegar and baking soda volcano, dissecting a frog, or building a mousetrap car, new teachers relish their memories from school. Beyond the projects themselves, we also discuss the teachers who facilitated these learning experiences, focusing on how they inspired their students...  [view full summary]
“One of the first activities I ask new science teachers to do in my methods course is to think of a memorable science activity from their past. Whether it’s creating an exploding vinegar and baking soda volcano, dissecting a frog, or building a mousetrap car, new teachers relish their memories from school. Beyond the projects themselves, we also discuss the teachers who facilitated these learning experiences, focusing on how they inspired their students to develop a passion and curiosity for science.

"Once this is established, I ask my students the million-dollar question: ‘How are you going to become one of those teachers?’”

By reading The New Science Teacher’s Handbook, you will learn 12 specific steps that will help you on your way to becoming a skilled classroom teacher. The authors make each chapter both helpful and fun to read by including:
•The Story—actual experiences that happened within one of the authors’ classrooms. As the authors note, these true stories demonstrate that even those who go on to write books on best practices in the classroom didn't start off as perfect educators.
•The Moral—what the authors learned from the story.
•Steps for Success—multiple solutions you can choose from to fit your concerns and school environment.
•What Does Success Look Like?—how the classroom looks after implementing the steps for success.
•Resources you can turn to if you want to explore each topic in more detail.

The book addresses areas that are often underrepresented, if not completely ignored, by prevalent science methods pedagogy textbooks. “Whether you are on your way to becoming a science teacher or a teacher in your early years,” the authors write, “we feel confident the ideas presented here will help you become the teacher you’ve always wanted to be.”
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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
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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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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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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology NSTA Press Book
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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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