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






Two articles of interest to all K-12 teachers: Commentary: The Importance of Cultivating Empathy in STEM from Science Scope, discusses how students can understand how STEM-related issues can affect people and society. Eclipses Across the Curriculum in S&C has ideas for integrated lessons pertaining to the August 2017 event. Science & Children – Matter and […]

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






Regardless of what grade level you teach, you the resources in this month’s journals can help make this summer’s eclipse a memorable occasion for your students. Not all students will be back to school on August 21, so this spring is a good time to spark their interest and provide resources. Science Teachers as Community […]

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






All three journals this month include the inaugural Best STEM Books for Students K–12 with descriptions and reviews. The rubric and criteria used in selecting these books is also provided. Share it with your librarian, too. Crowdfunding for Elementary Science Educators in S&C has fund-raising ideas applicable to any grade level. Science Scope — Water […]

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






Science Scope – Systems Thinking The articles this month provide “examples of how to integrate the crosscutting concept of systems and system models” into the classroom. (From the Editor’s Desk: Systems Thinking Solutions) Featured articles that describe lessons include a helpful sidebar (“At a Glance”) documenting the big idea, essential pre-knowledge, time, and cost. The […]

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Ideas and inspiration from NSTA’s December K-12 journals






Elementary and middle school teachers have a real gold mine this month – both journals have the theme of Energy. Food for thought at any grade level–Commentary: Proactive Leadership in The Science Teacher describes what leadership should look like for teachers, departments, and administrators. The Science Teacher — Bringing Research Into the Classroom This issue […]

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






Educators at all levels  will find ideas on helping students with Meeting the Challenges of Communicating Science in his month’s Science and Children. Many of the strategies can be adapted for other levels. Science and Children – The Speaking, Reading, and Writing Connection to Science This issue is a must-read for teachers of all levels. […]

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Ideas and inspiration from NSTA’s October K-12 journals






The Four Strands of Science Learning and the Next Generation Science Standards from Science Scope is an informative article for teachers of any grade level. Science Scope – Earth Science Activities According to the editor, “Today’s students will become adults tasked with making decisions about environmental issues that will require a solid understanding of the […]

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Ideas and information from NSTA’s September K-12 journals






Start off the school year with ideas and resources from your NSTA colleagues. Science and Children – Sharing Products: Science Exhibitions and Beyond The featured articles this month describe how teachers and students can go beyond traditional replicas and science fairs to create products and processes that showcase their learning and problem-solving skills (and their […]

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Engineering activities for students






If you’re concerned about how to teach engineering concepts in a K-12 environment, here are two resources that may be helpful. The TeachEngineering project is designed “to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings.” Concepts in life, earth and physical science are taught, connected, and reinforced through real-life problems […]

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Ideas and information from NSTA’s Summer K-12 journals






These issues are great additions to your summer reading list! Most of the lessons in these journals include a detailed chart connecting the lesson to the NGSS. Science and Children – From Molecules to Organisms The featured articles focus on developing a progression of learning for younger students. Native Plants and Seeds, Oh My! – […]

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