Exploring Ecology: 49 Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 4-8 (e-Book) e-book
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Exploring Ecology: 49 Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 4-8 (e-Book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Get out of the classroom and into the field, where students can get up close and personal with the environment. Exploring Ecology gets you ready and then tells you what to do when you get there. It’s a collection of hands-on, inquiry-based activities developed and written by two teachers who test-drove them with their own students. The book can be used for an eight-week unit on ecology or for shorter, one- or two-week units. Designed specifically...  [view full summary]
Get out of the classroom and into the field, where students can get up close and personal with the environment. Exploring Ecology gets you ready and then tells you what to do when you get there. It’s a collection of hands-on, inquiry-based activities developed and written by two teachers who test-drove them with their own students. The book can be used for an eight-week unit on ecology or for shorter, one- or two-week units. Designed specifically for easy use, Exploring Ecology combines content with activities, all in one place, and organized into four clear sections.

After starting with Management, Mechanics, and Miscellany, which includes guidance on safety, preparation, materials, and discipline, the authors get to the activities:

• The Basic Introduction to Ecology covers basic ecological concepts, including populations, communities, food webs, and energy flow with 35 in-class and outside activities that prepare students for their trip.

• The Field Trip: Applying Ecology Concepts offers practical suggestions on site selection and organizing the students and their materials, plus four before- and after-the-trip activities. • Integration and Extension provides 10 more activities to integrate other disciplines—language arts, social studies, and art—and extend the students’ understanding of Earth as an ecosystem.

Although the book is targeted to teachers of science in grades 4–8, many activities have been adapted for students ranging from first grade to high school. The material is also suitable for nature centers and summer camps.
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Explore the World Using Protozoa (e-Book) e-book
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Explore the World Using Protozoa (e-Book)
Grade Level: High School, Informal Education
Use protozoa to model macroscopic ecological and biological processes—such as symbiosis, succession, and feeding strategies—with these 28 hands-on investigations. This innovative resource will facilitate understanding and learning through inquiry, assessment, and real-life applications of lab science. Includes reproducible materials and the text is linked to the Standards.
Use protozoa to model macroscopic ecological and biological processes—such as symbiosis, succession, and feeding strategies—with these 28 hands-on investigations. This innovative resource will facilitate understanding and learning through inquiry, assessment, and real-life applications of lab science. Includes reproducible materials and the text is linked to the Standards.
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Extreme Science: From Nano to Galactic (e-book) e-book
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Extreme Science: From Nano to Galactic (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Whether we are imagining microbes or mammoths, dinosaurs or diatoms, molecules or stars, people of all ages are fascinated with the very large and the very small. New technologies have enabled scientists to investigate extremes of science previously unknown. An understanding of scale and scaling effects is of central importance to a scientific understanding of the world.

Help your middle and high school biology, Earth science, chemistry,...  [view full summary]
Whether we are imagining microbes or mammoths, dinosaurs or diatoms, molecules or stars, people of all ages are fascinated with the very large and the very small. New technologies have enabled scientists to investigate extremes of science previously unknown. An understanding of scale and scaling effects is of central importance to a scientific understanding of the world.

Help your middle and high school biology, Earth science, chemistry, physics, and mathematics students develop quantitative evaluation with Extreme Science. Authors Gail Jones, Amy Taylor, and Michael Falvo offer a detailed look at types of scale, measurement, powers of ten, estimation and models of scale, surface area to volume relationships, limits to size, and behaviors at different scales.

Scaling conceptions are one of the four recommended unifying themes in the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. A knowledge of scaling will serve as a solid framework for students to anchor further learning and allow them to make cross-curricular connections between seemingly disparate topics.

The investigations in this book are designed to help students develop a comprehensive and flexible sense of scale through experiences with the quantitative units and tools of science. Investigations build on our research that has documented how people learn scale. To aid in comprehension, Extreme Science uses the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate) to illustrate each topic. By using this learning method, the activities help students learn to invent scales, develop benchmarks, estimate, and apply body rulers (estimating using fingers, arms, or pacing off distances). In so doing, students will come to understand scale on an intrinsic level and will appreciate that no problem is too big or too little to be scaleable. Comprehending scale at the largest and smallest levels is where a quantitative understanding of the world begins.


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Exploring Safely: A Guide for Elementary Teachers (e-book) e-book
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Exploring Safely: A Guide for Elementary Teachers (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School
Take the fear factor out of science lessons. This easy-to-digest book relieves many of the safety worries that come with teaching science in elementary school. The emphasis is on positive options for heading off potential hazards, from handling special equipment to conducting field studies.

Chapters cover:
- making safe work habits second nature to students
- equipping your classroom for safety and conveniene, including organizational...  [view full summary]
Take the fear factor out of science lessons. This easy-to-digest book relieves many of the safety worries that come with teaching science in elementary school. The emphasis is on positive options for heading off potential hazards, from handling special equipment to conducting field studies.

Chapters cover:
- making safe work habits second nature to students
- equipping your classroom for safety and conveniene, including organizational systems for preparation, setup, and cleanup
- choosing and culturing live plants and animals for classroom study
- working safely with electricity, chemicals, and volunteers

A special added ingredient: model forms that can be adapted for your needs, including permission slips and student contracts. Best of all, a wealth of anecdotes about what works—and what doesn't—in real-life classrooms makes Exploring Safely enjoyable to read as well as to reference.
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
This collection of 16 essays is ideal for staff development providers (university faculty, district supervisors, lead teachers, and principals) as well as preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards. These professional development programs are in universities and school districts around the country—from...  [view full summary]
This collection of 16 essays is ideal for staff development providers (university faculty, district supervisors, lead teachers, and principals) as well as preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards. These professional development programs are in universities and school districts around the country—from Florida to Alaska, in rural and urban areas, and in contexts ranging from summer institutes to on-site support programs.

The essays in this volume range from “Filling the Void in the Professional Development Continuum: Assisting Beginning Secondary Science Teachers” to “Emphasizing Inquiry, Collaboration, and Leadership in K–12 Professional Development” to “Hey! What’re Ya Thinkin’? Developing Teachers as Reflective Practitioners.” In addition to describing how the program works, each essay also provides evidence of effectiveness—how teachers grow more confident using inquiry approaches, in integrating technology into the classrooms, collaborating with their colleagues and local resource persons, and developing as science education leaders in their schools and districts.
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Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
Just as science education doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, neither should effective application of the National Science Education Standards. Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet.

This essay collection—the fifth volume in the Exemplary Science...  [view full summary]
Just as science education doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, neither should effective application of the National Science Education Standards. Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet.

This essay collection—the fifth volume in the Exemplary Science Monograph Series—features 17 informal education programs that were judged to be most successful at increasing participants’ learning. The programs demonstrate how the Standards can be used to inform and improve science education in a wide range of settings and with learners ranging from pre-schoolers to older adults.
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success (e-book)
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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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition (e-book)
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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Fuel for Thought: Building Energy Awareness in Grades 9-12 (e-book) e-book
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Fuel for Thought: Building Energy Awareness in Grades 9-12 (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
The concept of energy is central to all the science disciplines, seamlessly connecting science, technology, and mathematics. For high school and upper middle school teachers, this compendium comprises inquiry-based activities, lesson plans, and case studies designed to help teach increased awareness of energy, environmental concepts, and the related issues. Drawn from NSTA’s award-winning, peer-reviewed journals, the book is divided into three overarching...  [view full summary]
The concept of energy is central to all the science disciplines, seamlessly connecting science, technology, and mathematics. For high school and upper middle school teachers, this compendium comprises inquiry-based activities, lesson plans, and case studies designed to help teach increased awareness of energy, environmental concepts, and the related issues. Drawn from NSTA’s award-winning, peer-reviewed journals, the book is divided into three overarching segments for learning and teaching: Student Investigations includes several activities that tackle such topics as “Energy, Heat, and Temperature,” “Vehicles and Fuels,” and “Living Connections.” Projects and Case Studies includes examples of extensive, question-driven student projects, and the last section, Issues in Depth, provides background content knowledge for deeper understanding of the critical energy issues facing the world today. These interesting and meaningful investigations demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of energy, preparing students for the complex reality of our global energy economy.
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Front-Page Science: Engaging Teens in Science Literacy (e-book) e-book
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Front-Page Science: Engaging Teens in Science Literacy (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
“The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued new guidelines for mammograms in 2009. What does this mean for someone with a family history of breast cancer? Congress periodically votes on a piece of legislation called the Farm Bill. What does its current iteration mean for the safety of supermarket eggs? Understanding how the latest science affects real people—patients, consumers, voters, and taxpayers—is at the heart of science literacy.”...  [view full summary]
“The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued new guidelines for mammograms in 2009. What does this mean for someone with a family history of breast cancer? Congress periodically votes on a piece of legislation called the Farm Bill. What does its current iteration mean for the safety of supermarket eggs? Understanding how the latest science affects real people—patients, consumers, voters, and taxpayers—is at the heart of science literacy.”
—From Chapter 1 of Front-Page Science

Like citizen journalists, your students can get to the heart of science literacy—and challenging questions like these—with the “learn by doing” methodology in this innovative book. Front-Page Science uses science journalism techniques to help students become better consumers of, and contributors to, a scientifically literate community.

The book is divided into three parts:
• Background information and a rationale for using science journalism techniques
• Concrete advice about how to teach science literacy in this framework—from helping students find story angles to teaching search strategies and interview techniques
• The process of putting together and writing a news story, including how to get students started, help them when they’re stalled, and respond to their drafts

A free website provides downloadable lesson plans, teacher suggestions, and a forum for exchanging ideas with others. Like Front-Page Science, the website is part of the National Science Foundation–funded Science Literacy Through Science Journalism project. By making full use of these rich resources, you’ll teach your students skills that will help them make sense of their world not just now, but also after graduation and for years to come.
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