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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology (e-book) e-book
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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology (e-book)
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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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes (e-Book) e-book
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes (e-Book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it “Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings.” Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom—so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science.

The popular features from Volume 1 are all here. The field-tested probes are short, easy to administer, and ready to reproduce. Teacher materials...  [view full summary]
If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it “Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings.” Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom—so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science.

The popular features from Volume 1 are all here. The field-tested probes are short, easy to administer, and ready to reproduce. Teacher materials explain science content and suggest grade-appropriate ways to present information. But Volume 2 covers more life science and Earth and space science probes. New topics include forms of matter, changes in matter, living things and life processes, rocks and landforms, the day/night cycle, and objects in the night sky. Volume 2 also suggests ways to embed the probes throughout your instruction, not just when starting a unit or topic.

This new classroom tool will help you not only uncover students’ existing ideas, but also use that knowledge to improve your teaching and advance student understanding of science concepts.

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Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research (e-Book) e-book
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Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research (e-Book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If you want the latest research about assessment techniques that really work, you want Assessment in Science. This collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K-12 classroom teachers and university-based educators and researchers. Working in teams, they tried out and evaluated different assessment approaches in actual classrooms. The research is sound, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to grasp. The book stays...  [view full summary]
If you want the latest research about assessment techniques that really work, you want Assessment in Science. This collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K-12 classroom teachers and university-based educators and researchers. Working in teams, they tried out and evaluated different assessment approaches in actual classrooms. The research is sound, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to grasp. The book stays true to its title by capturing practical lessons in accessible language. As the introduction notes, the reports feature “classroom testing stories, standards-based assessment techniques, teaching-testing dilemmas, portfolio struggles and triumphs, and knowledge of the research on assessment.”

The 18 chapters are structured for ease of comprehension, moving from a detailed description of how the research was carried out, to research findings, to concrete implications for the classroom. There is also a “Links to the Standards” box and resources list in each chapter. Included throughout are 28 tables and 25 figures, some of which are classroom rubrics teachers can actually use.

Though it’s enlightening for classroom teachers at all levels, Assessment in Science is also ideal for curriculum supervisors and professors who teach science education—and anyone else who needs to know what’s most current in proven assessment techniques.
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Linking Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom (e-Book) e-book
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Linking Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom (e-Book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
If you’ve ever believed you don’t have time to teach much science—or feared you don’t know how to integrate it with all-important language arts lessons—this is the book that will change your thinking. The message: It isn’t just possible to incorporate science into language arts, it also makes a lot of sense. Linking Science and Literacy is divided into two kinds of convincing content. In 16 chapters, prominent National Science Foundation-funded...  [view full summary]
If you’ve ever believed you don’t have time to teach much science—or feared you don’t know how to integrate it with all-important language arts lessons—this is the book that will change your thinking. The message: It isn’t just possible to incorporate science into language arts, it also makes a lot of sense. Linking Science and Literacy is divided into two kinds of convincing content. In 16 chapters, prominent National Science Foundation-funded researchers and professional development experts write in lay language about the connections between science and literacy. They offer a broad range of perspectives from the classroom, district administrators, and the research community. The nine accompanying “case stories” show how teachers actually made the curriculum connections in K-8 classrooms. These anecdotal accounts are frank and engaging, with numerous teacher-student dialogues and examples of students’ work.

The profiled teachers make it clear that there are lessons to be learned even from failed attempts. Based on conferences in Seattle and Dallas, sponsored by NSTA and funded by NSF, this book is just right for K–8 teachers, science and literacy supervisors, school administrators, and professional development providers. Separate sections cover reading, writing, special instruction for English language learners, and the administrators’ role in the process of blending science and literacy to the benefit of all.
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Adventures in Paleontology: 36 Classroom Fossil Activities (e-book) e-book
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Adventures in Paleontology: 36 Classroom Fossil Activities (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School
Millions of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs still have the power to stir students’ curiosity. Deepen that interest with Adventures in Paleontology, a series of lively hands-on activities especially for middle schoolers.

This beautifully illustrated full color book features 36 activities that open students up to a variety of foundational sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.
For example:...  [view full summary]
Millions of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs still have the power to stir students’ curiosity. Deepen that interest with Adventures in Paleontology, a series of lively hands-on activities especially for middle schoolers.

This beautifully illustrated full color book features 36 activities that open students up to a variety of foundational sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.
For example:
• “How Do Fossils Form?” discusses how organisms become fossils and illustrates the concept with activities that simulate fossil-making processes.
• “What Can You Learn From Fossils?” explores what fossils teach about ancient organisms.
• “Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth” discusses recently discovered links between meteor and asteroid impacts on Earth and the demise of animals like dinosaurs.

Other chapters cover how to tell the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs evolved; and diversity, classification, and taxonomy. The final chapters offer humanistic perspectives on fossils in literature and art. As an attention-grabbing complement to the text, vivid full color illustrations show not just skeletons and animal tracks but also what dinosaurs probably looked like in their natural settings. Handy line drawings guide students through each step of the activities.
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If You Build it, They Will Learn: 17 Devices for Demonstrating Physical Science (e-book) e-book
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If You Build it, They Will Learn: 17 Devices for Demonstrating Physical Science (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
If You Build It, They Will Learn is the perfect do-it-yourself guide for physics teachers who want custom-made demonstration projects to use in their classrooms. Devices like Galileo’s Track, Coupled Pendulum, and Gum-Wrapper Thermostat will help you teach forces, energy, properties of matter, and much more. Best of all, you don’t need an engineering degree to assemble these devices. The book provides such detailed instructions that even...  [view full summary]
If You Build It, They Will Learn is the perfect do-it-yourself guide for physics teachers who want custom-made demonstration projects to use in their classrooms. Devices like Galileo’s Track, Coupled Pendulum, and Gum-Wrapper Thermostat will help you teach forces, energy, properties of matter, and much more. Best of all, you don’t need an engineering degree to assemble these devices. The book provides such detailed instructions that even novices can handle the necessary tasks and tools.

If You Build It is organized into two practical parts:
1. Step-by-step directions for producing 17 well-designed pieces of equipment that author Bruce Yeany has tested in his own classroom. Each set of instructions is illustrated with clear photos or drawings and includes a materials list.

2. Suggestions for how to teach with each piece of equipment. Yeany provides information to prepare students for the demonstration, ideas for the presentation itself, and interactive questions to verify that students are learning the physics concepts.

When you can’t find or afford high-quality equipment from a catalog… or wish you could make your gear bigger or smaller… or simply find it satisfying to use devices you’ve put together yourself, If You Build It has your solution. Developing your own demonstrations can even enrich your understanding of the physics concepts you wish to teach. The experience creates an environment rich in opportunities for observing and investigating. Teach physics your way with custom-made demos.
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Garden Genetics: Teaching With Edible Plants (Teacher Edition) (e-book) e-book
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Garden Genetics: Teaching With Edible Plants (Teacher Edition) (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Informal Education
Tired of teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel’s peas? With Garden Genetics, you can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for you.

This two-part set—a teacher edition and companion student edition—is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. It uses a series of activities and inquiry-based experiments with familiar foods to teach genetics while helping...  [view full summary]
Tired of teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel’s peas? With Garden Genetics, you can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for you.

This two-part set—a teacher edition and companion student edition—is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. It uses a series of activities and inquiry-based experiments with familiar foods to teach genetics while helping students make connections to ecology, evolution, plant biology, and even social science. What makes Garden Genetics unique is its emphasis on modern food-plant-based situations. For example, to learn about Punnett’s squares, students taste variations in bitterness in cucumber seedlings and then design experiments investigating the surprising role that bitterness plays in protecting plants from insects. To learn about plant breeding, students re-enact a trial in which farmers sued seed companies to compensate for $1 billion in U.S. corn crop losses caused by genetic uniformity.

Garden Genetics is designed to be flexible. You can use each chapter as a stand-alone unit, or teach the book as a whole. Activities range from guided worksheets to open-ended inquiry. Most important, the innovative content emphasizes the problem-solving skills demanded in today’s cutting-edge science classes.
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Quantoons (e-book) e-book
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Quantoons (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
Do you crave both physics problems and captivating illustrations? If your answer is "yes", look no further! Quantoons combines challenging problems and provocative quotes with intricate drawings that mix Isaac Newton and Marie Antoinette with Romeo, Juliet, and Einstein. The book is a compilation of 58 contest problems that ran between 1991 and 2001 in Quantum magazine; a collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists that was...  [view full summary]
Do you crave both physics problems and captivating illustrations? If your answer is "yes", look no further! Quantoons combines challenging problems and provocative quotes with intricate drawings that mix Isaac Newton and Marie Antoinette with Romeo, Juliet, and Einstein. The book is a compilation of 58 contest problems that ran between 1991 and 2001 in Quantum magazine; a collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists that was published by NSTA.

In addition to serving as a reader- involvement device, the problems and cartoons were intended to make inquiring minds think about physics and art in new ways—and have fun doing it.

When you open Quantoons, you’ll be instantly attracted to the colorful cartoons, densely populated with quirky characters that look like something out of MAD magazine. And no wonder: Illustrator Tomas Bunk is a regular contributor to that publication!

But when you pull yourself away from the drawings, you’ll find that they work with the text to give new context to interesting physics concepts. For example, a Quantoon that explores the classic physics problem of crossing a raging river and determining where you’ll land on the opposite shore is accompanied by a funny/sad metaphorical cartoon about traversing the river of life from birth to death.


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Start Young! Early Childhood Science Activities (e-book) e-book
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Start Young! Early Childhood Science Activities (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School
You asked for it—now you’ve got it! In a focus group at a recent NSTA convention, teachers of prekindergarten through second grade clamored for help. They do want easy-to-do science activities they can use for everyday teaching. But they don’t want to be forced to adapt material meant for older children.

So here’s the solution. Start Young! offers a wealth of simple educational activities designed to use right away with even...  [view full summary]
You asked for it—now you’ve got it! In a focus group at a recent NSTA convention, teachers of prekindergarten through second grade clamored for help. They do want easy-to-do science activities they can use for everyday teaching. But they don’t want to be forced to adapt material meant for older children.

So here’s the solution. Start Young! offers a wealth of simple educational activities designed to use right away with even the littlest scientists. The book includes a chapter of helpful background on the latest thinking about effective ways to introduce science in early childhood. But the bulk of the book is two dozen articles compiled from Science & Children, NSTA’s award-winning journal for elementary school teachers. Among the topics:

• Playful science activities for young children
• The science and mathematics of building structures
• Planning a Rock Day
• What makes miniature sleds go, go, go
• Figuring out how big is big and how big is small
• Learning about birds, flight, ponds, and the environment
• Creating science centers for all students

Everyone who works with young children knows how eager they are to see, smell, hear, and touch the world around them. Encourage that natural curiosity while laying a foundation for a lifetime of learning about science. Start Young! is the age-appropriate resource to help you start them off right.
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Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large (e-book) e-book
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Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large (e-book)
Grade Level: Informal Education, Middle School
With this lively book of activities as their guide, students can follow seven scientists into their labs and out to the field to discover how evolution works. Meanwhile, you’ll benefit from the practical help the book provides with the twin challenges of evolution: what to teach and how to teach it.

For students, Virus and the Whale brings to light some of today’s most exciting and up-to-date research through the stories of scientists...  [view full summary]
With this lively book of activities as their guide, students can follow seven scientists into their labs and out to the field to discover how evolution works. Meanwhile, you’ll benefit from the practical help the book provides with the twin challenges of evolution: what to teach and how to teach it.

For students, Virus and the Whale brings to light some of today’s most exciting and up-to-date research through the stories of scientists who study evolution. Each featured research project highlights an important aspect of evolutionary biology, from the “arms race” between viruses and their human hosts to the long-term evolutionary changes that can turn a land mammal into a whale. The activities lead students to investigate evolution as they try out the kinds of creative thinking skills real scientists use to make new discoveries.

For teachers, three preliminary chapters explain how to use the scientists’ stories as a logical framework for teaching evolutionary concepts. These chapters provide accurate natural history background; offer additional information on the evolution of each of the seven organisms investigated in the book; and introduce common ways in which children and adults think and learn about evolution. Each activity lists learning outcomes tied to the National Science Education Standards and includes assessment questions and materials lists.

Virus and the Whale combines a dynamic narrative with easy-to-use activities, clear illustrations, and a welcome dose of humor.
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