NSTA’s K-12 Science Education Journals: February Issues Online

It’s February, and many of us are focused on groundhogs, candy, and hoping never to hear the words polar vortex again! Spring is still a few months away, so this is a good time to bundle up and get a fresh look at what your science teaching peers are doing. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) produces grade-level journals, written by educators, for educators, and they are targeted to your teaching level. NSTA’s February K-12 journals are live online (with select articles being free for all, and full content being free to all NSTA members). Browse these issues for classroom-tested ideas, activities you can use tomorrow, and commentary from experts in the field.

Science and Children coverScience and Children

Since children experience sound even before birth, it is easy to assume that they know a great deal about it. However, ideas about sound are some of the most common misconceptions held by young children.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):

Science Scope coverScience Scope

The Next Generation Science Standards affirm that students need to develop a thorough understanding of the entire enterprise of science, including the history and nature of science. Use the activities found in this issue to explore the complexities of this very human endeavor.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):

TST coverThe Science Teacher

Although the practice of planning and carrying out investigations has always been a part of good science instruction, the student focus often has been more on carrying out than on planning, with teacher-structured investigations far outnumbering student opportunities to develop their own research questions. Giving students opportunities to design and plan investigations allows them to truly experience the excitement of science and better understand the nature of scientific inquiry. Just as basketball players need to practice shooting, passing, dribbling, and defense, so too do our science students need to practice real science by asking questions, designing investigations, analyzing data, and communicating results. Engaging in these practices helps students appreciate the wide range of approaches used in science and engineering to investigate and explain the world.

Featured articles (please note, only those marked “free” are available to nonmembers):

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