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Language development in science

For many students, science itself is a new language, with specialized vocabulary and an emphasis on observations and evidence, rather than feelings or opinions. Even the graphics in books and websites go beyond being decorative to include the language of tables, diagrams, graphs, captions, sidebars, and footnotes. The featured articles in this issue demonstrate classroom- [...]

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Ecosystems: Interactions, energy, and dynamics

In an NSTA discussion forum, a question was raised about studying ecosystems and food chains at the elementary level. I pointed the readers to articles in this month’s edition of Science & Children, which has a variety of classroom resources and background information for teachers. Many science lessons for young students focus on warm, fuzzy [...]

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Sylvia Shugrue Award winner 2013

As Director of Distance Learning for University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural history, each year Chris Tower created and provided professional development for more than 300 teachers throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin via two distance–learning, cross-curricular science programs: the JASON Project and BellLive. In his current position, he has established a service-learning water quality study [...]

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This is a wonderful themed issue, with all of the articles focusing on helping younger students investigate and understand the science of sound. Unfortunately for secondary students, the science of sound might not get a lot of attention in the curriculum, but as the editor notes, this is a popular and interesting topic for students. [...]

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NSTA’s K-12 Science Education Journals: February Issues Online

It’s February, and many of us are focused on groundhogs, candy, and hoping never to hear the words polar vortex again! Spring is still a few months away, so this is a good time to bundle up and get a fresh look at what your science teaching peers are doing. The National Science Teachers Association [...]

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Science for all

This month’s guest editorials address the theme of science for ALL students: NGSS Case Studies: All Standards, All Students includes a table that highlights effective strategies for various demographic groups of students. The editorial also describes case studies that reflect the implementation of NGSS in real classrooms. These are worth a read. http://www.nextgenscience.org/appendix-d-case-studies Making a [...]

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What science teachers are reading in January 2014

From data literacy to citizen science to using trade books in science lessons, take a look at what science teachers are reading so far in 2014 at NSTA’s website. Most Popular NSTA Press Books 1. Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3–5 2. The Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your [...]

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“Teaching Elementary Science with Confidence!”: Featured Strand at NSTA’s 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston, MA, April 3–6

This April, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Teaching Elementary Science with Confidence!” at our 2014 National Conference on Science Education, in Boston, April 3–6. With limited time, resources, and opportunities to learn science, elementary teachers sometimes find teaching science within the school day to be challenging. There is a [...]

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Connecting science and students’ interests

It’s hard to think of a science topic that children are not interested in! Just about anything will stimulate their thinking and inquisitiveness. The cover of this issue brought back memories of these interests—I had a set of specimens embedded in plastic blocks. Just putting some out at the exploration table in my classroom let [...]

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Assessment products and processes

What is the purpose of an assessment? The featured articles in this issue show assessment as a true part of the instructional process, not an add-on to get a score for a grade. As I read the articles, I was impressed at how the assessments were designed to match the learning goals and the instructional [...]

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