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Start and end the year safely






Questions and discussions about safety are often seen in the NSTA e-mail listserves and discussion forums. Each month, columns on safety in the science classroom/lab are featured in NSTA’s Science Scope (Scope on Safety) and The Science Teacher (Safer Science), with occasional articles in Science and Children (Safety First). These columns are written by Ken […]

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Ideas and information from NSTA’s April/May K-12 journals






This month, all three K-12 journals include the article Addressing Student Diversity and Equity. Another must-read article for all science teachers! Science and Children- Methods and Strategies Think about how the “methods and strategies” described the featured articles can be applied to other lessons and other grade levels. Most of the articles include examples of […]

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






This month, all three K-12 journals include What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense of the World (a must-read) and Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12 (a must-share). The Science Teacher – Powered by the Sun Most of the lessons in TST include a detailed chart connecting the lesson to […]

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






This month, all three journals include Planning NGSS-Based Instruction: Where Do You Start? This article is another must-read for teachers who are looking for ideas to incorporate student questions and interests with the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons in all three journals include detailed graphic organizers showing how the authors would align the lesson […]

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






All three journals this month include the article Addressing Three Common Myths About the Next Generation Science Standards – another must-read article that applies to all grade levels and science subjects. Science and Children – Physical Science in Early Childhood Our youngest students are inquisitive about the physical world – gravity, matter, weather, motion, the […]

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






The Science Teacher: Novel Science Tools I once worked with a teacher who said that he would put off doing anything with technology until “things settled down.” I suspect he’s still waiting… The featured articles in this issue look at some current (as of now anyway) technologies that related to teaching and learning in science, […]

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






Each of the K-12 journals this month includes Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom with suggestions on how to integrate Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and CroEarath ss-Cutting Concepts into our teaching. “None of the dimensions can be used in isolation; they work together so that students […]

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Ideas from NSTA’s October K–12 journals






Each of the K-12 journals this month includes DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS with in-depth descriptions of what the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-cutting concepts mean for science curriculum, instruction, and assessment. A must read!  The themes of the three K-12 Journals in […]

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Ideas from NSTA September K–12 journals






Science and Children:  Engineering and Design Engineering and design are naturals for younger students. Just watch them play, invent things, and solve problems. The articles this month focus on these topics and how models (whether physical, two-dimensional, or mental) are important to the engineering and design process. Scampering Into Engineering!  5E learning-cycle mini-lessons in the […]

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Connecting students and scientists






As the new school year is getting underway, are you looking for some experiences to get students focused on scientific thinking and research skills? How can we show students what scientists actually “do” and how they communicate? Many teachers share science articles on current research with students  or assign students to find them on the […]

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