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Beginning-of-the-year explorations: get them ready for fall






If you have not yet packed up for the summer break, consider picking out two or three lessons to begin the next school year. Choose the resources that will guide you, scan or read them, and pack them up along with the materials students will need so the school year can begin with a developmentally […]

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Connecting with families






Establishing close communication with families is an objective for early childhood educators and the programs they work in (NAEYC, ECERS-R, Head Start). You might be connecting with family members when greeting children at the door to the classroom in the morning or at pick-up time at the end of the day, sending email and paper newsletters, posting on […]

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Sound inquiry–open exploration and direct teaching?






As early childhood educators, no matter what program we teach in or administer, we want to help children build knowledge of the world through experiences, teacher-supported investigations, and direct teaching. A conversation I had recently with a teacher made me think about how we balance direct teaching with open exploration: Teacher: So, as I thought […]

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Creative Writing in Science






Would you like to inspire students to be better writers while you incorporate new strategies into your teaching to assess their scientific understanding? Katie Coppens’ new NSTA Press book, Creative Writing in Science, provides engaging literary exercises that use the world around us to inspire. Designed for grades 3–12, the book offers fiction, poetry, and […]

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Using museums, the community and playfulness to bring STEM concepts to life






Please welcome guest blogger, Brooke Shoemaker, who brings her museum education expertise to The Early Years blog. Brooke was a pre-k classroom educator at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) in Washington, D.C. for four years, before joining SEEC’s outreach arm, the Center for Innovation in Early Learning as the Pre-K Museum Education Specialist. You can read […]

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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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Teach Your Students To Be Good Stewards of the Environment






Share some of these great NSTA Press® resources with your students and teach them the importance of being good stewards of our environment.   Prices provided are the member and nonmember book prices. All books are also available as e-books.   Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science  This book offers 32 formative assessment […]

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Uncover Your Students’ Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science






The newest book in the NSTA Press best-selling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series is here! Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science by Page Keeley and Laura Tucker offers 32 formative assessment probes to get your students digging deep into environmental science concepts. Find out what your students think and what they misunderstand with these fun and […]

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Teach Students Evidence-Based Argumentation






Scientists make arguments and test arguments. They evaluate, analyze, and critique data. Scientists question. They learn from their mistakes. For student scientists, learning how to make and support evidence-based arguments is a critical to their future success. The Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model focuses on using authentic lab activities that provide students with opportunities to […]

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Are children wondering about dirt (soil)?






When children work with soil (or dirt as they most often call it), they rarely question where it comes from. Soil, sky, water…they just are. But when they view soil as one component of a garden, one part of the system for growing plants, they may gain enough experience with it to begin classifying it […]

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