Ideas and inspiration from NSTA’s November 2017 K-12 journals

Looking for lessons that align with NGSS? Teaching NGSS-Aligned Lessons in Science Classrooms has several examples that illustrate three-dimensional learning.

Science & Children – Vocabulary in Context

Editor’s Note: Making Sense of Science Terms: “Making sense of science terms requires selection of appropriate words, identification of strategies that help children connect with the words, and repetitive experiences over time to develop complete word knowledge. How is that accomplished? Through intervention by a teacher who uses a variety of strategies…” such as those in this month’s featured articles.

The lessons described in the articles have a chart showing connections with the NGSS, and many include classroom materials and illustrations of student work.

These monthly columns continue to provide background knowledge and classroom ideas:

For more on the content that provides a context for projects and strategies described in this issue, see the SciLinks topics Adaptations of Animals, Amphibians, Chemical Reactions, Dinosaurs, Food Chains, Magnetic Poles, Magnetism, Pendulums, Plant Growth, Plants as Food, Static Electricity

Continue for The Science Teacher and Science Scope

The Science Teacher – Forensic Science

Editor’s Corner: Forensics: Solving Mysteries With Science: “Forensics activities involve careful observation, logical reasoning, and evidence-based argumentation–important skills for our students to develop….The forensic sciences–used around the world to resolve civil disputes, enforce criminal laws and government regulations, and protect public health—can provide a career pathway for our students.” (Career of the Month: Forensic Entomologist)

Articles in this issue that describe lessons include a helpful sidebar (“At a Glance”) documenting the big idea, essential pre-knowledge, time, and cost; many follow a 5E format. The lessons also include connections with the NGSS, and many include examples of student work and classroom materials.

  • In the 5E unit Secrets of a Mass Grave, students gather, interpret, and draw conclusions from remains in a simulated mass grave.
  • Gravity Can Do What? builds on students’ understanding of how energy is produced and the advantages of producing energy without fossil fuels.
  • Investigate the relationship between climate change and the spread of invasive species with the resources in The Green Room: Species That Benefit From Climate Change.
  • The authors of Idea Bank: Document a Crime Scene With Smartphone Apps suggest starting with a smaller “crime scene” to help students learn to analyze, photograph, and document using apps.
  • The lesson in Digital Forensics also focuses on smartphones with the issues of password security, cellular metadata, digital forensics, and collecting and analyzing evidence in a simulated situation.            
  • The Science of Little Boy illustrates how students use modeling to construct an evidence-based explanation for how fission releases radiation and how radiation affects the human body.
  • Help students learn the value of collaboration with the ideas in Working As a Team.

These monthly columns continue to provide background knowledge and classroom ideas:

For more on the content that provides a context for projects and strategies described in this issue, see the SciLinks topics Anthropology, Biomolecules, Changes in Climate, Electrical Circuits, Electricity, Fingerprints, Fission, Forensic Science, Forensics, Fossil Fuels, Gravity, Insects, Invasive Species, Nuclear Reactions, Ohm’s Law, Paleontology, Radiation Effects on Humans, Skeletal System

 

Science Scope – Informal Learning

From the Editor’s Desk: Sparking the “Need to Know”: Informal learning “…which often occurs outside the confines of a classroom, can be classified as “need to know” learning. It is very powerful because it is driven by authentic questions and our own innate curiosity…. interest-driven learning can be fostered by connecting students to an online or physical community and allowing students to create products that demonstrate their learning as creators and producers of knowledge.”

The lessons described in the articles include connections with the NGSS and many include classroom resources and illustrations of student work.

These monthly columns continue to provide background knowledge and classroom ideas:

For more on the content that provides a context for projects and strategies described in this issue, see the SciLinks topics Biodiversity, Buoyancy, Cartesian Diver, Density, Ecosystems/Adaptations, Honeybees, Luminosity, Mammals, Parallax, Plant Growth, Pollination, Weather and Climate

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