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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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“Science 101”






Each month in NSTA’s Science and Children journal, Bill Robertson* writes an informational article on a science concept. These “background boosters” present content information in an easy-to-read format with many illustrations and applications for the classroom. Science 101 articles have a conversational rather than a technical style. Secondary teachers who want additional information can access […]

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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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