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Adding More STEM to the School Day






Schools seeking to enhance students’ learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are adopting in-school STEM enrichment programs that reach student populations in need of additional learning opportunities, connect students with scientists, and/or provide more challenging curriculum.

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“Group” work in elementary science?






I’m a first year teacher, teaching third grade. In my undergraduate work and student teaching, I worked with math and reading groups, but not much was mentioned about using small groups in science or social studies. I’m curious about how to go about setting up and managing group work in these subjects. —D., Washington In […]

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Next Time You See a Spiderweb






“Children are naturally fascinated by spiderwebs, and when they learn that these webs are clever traps made by small and skillful spiders that never had a single lesson, these structures become even more remarkable. My wish is that after reading this book, you and your child feel a sense of wonder the next time you […]

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Encourage a Sense of Wonder in Your Students






New books in the NSTA Kids I Wonder Why series are available just in time for the new school year! Focused on the biological sciences, these five books introduce readers to basic science content pertaining to plants and animals. Author Lawrence F. Lowery ignites the curiosity of children in grades K–3 while encouraging them to […]

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NSTA’s K-College July 2015 Science Education Journals Online






  Varied ways to use instructional sequences that support valid learning, making science accessible to all students, big data, and identifying textbooks or other reading materials that are written at the appropriate reading grade levels—these are the themes of the Summer 2015 journal articles from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Browse through the thought-provoking […]

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What science teachers are reading June 2015






Here are the most-read books, e-books, and children’s trade books on NSTA’s website this month. Click over to the NSTA Science Store and catch up on what’s hot this June on science teachers’ reading tables and tablets. Most Popular NSTA Press Books Teaching Science Through Trade Books More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to […]

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What time of day is best for science?






When scheduling science at the elementary level, which is better for students: having science class in the morning or the afternoon? We have always had reading and math in the morning with science and social studies in the afternoon. But now my colleagues and I are wondering if there are better ideas. —H., Maryland When […]

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Professional development strategies






I’ve been asked to conduct a science workshop for elementary teachers. Can you suggest fun activities for us?  —D., Illinois I’m concerned about science professional development (PD) that consists of gee-whiz, dazzling “experiments” done by a presenter in front of an audience of teachers. I witnessed such a presentation once. The K-3 teachers all replicated […]

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The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations






“Children are full of questions every day: “Why? How does that work? Why? How do you know?” The science classroom is the perfect place to take advantage of this natural curiosity. Questioning cultivates student engagement and drives instruction throughout the learning process.” This introduction to NSTA Press authors’, Julie McGough and Lisa Nyberg, new book […]

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Going to the “EE” at the national conference on Friday March 13, 2015?






If I could only attend one session at the NSTA national conference in Chicago this week, it would be the Elementary Extravaganza! I had so much fun presenting last year but missed walking around to glean ideas and freebies from the other presenters. This year it will be held on Friday, March 13 8:00 AM – […]

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