Linda Smith

Science is the most important subject in our curriculum; what we should use to practice everything else we teach in a day. It empowers students to take control of their education and their life. That’s why I’ve done the following things: Elementary Science Specialist for Paulsboro Schools, President , CES-NJ, President, NJSTA; organize science workshops for NJEA conference, created / published NJSTA 100th Anniversary Book, created/ facilitated Simmons Space Institute at Rowan University. Awards include PAEMST State and National, NASA Astrophysics Educator Ambassador, Gloucester County Teacher of the Year, NJ BISEC Exemplary Service; DEP Outstanding Facilitator, CES-NJ Make a Difference, NJSTA Fellow.




Paulsboro Public Schools/NASA EPO, NJSTA, APAST

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Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:25 PM in Does Anyone Have a Good Science Icebreaker Ideas?
This is the activity I used for my first day of classes for over 20 years. I start each class/workshop with this because it points out that you can find your own answers if you use science to do so. It's a lot of fun, too. Hope you have a great year! Linda This is a link to the activity on my website:

Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:35 AM in Project based learning
NJSTA is hosting a 5 day workshop on NGSS for the Elementary Classroom, where participants will spend their days creating materials to implement NGSS, which is a lot about PBL. We still have 3 more spots if you are interested. It will be held at Rowan University from 8:3-4 PM July 19-22. You can find more information at

Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:20 PM in Water Cycle
You could use a zip lock bag to make this point. Have students use markers to draw a landscape ( grass, dirt, on bottom, sun and clouds at top) Have students put water in the bag, about 50 ml and seal it. Have them tape the bags to a window and make observations for a couple of days. As the sun transfers through the window it will heat up the water in the bag, causing evaporation. When ...

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Pedagogy tips and tricks

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tips on how to manage inquiry based science lessons

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