Tag Archives: inquiry

Sound

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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Early childhood science in preschool—a conversation on Lab Out Loud

Listen in on a conversation between early childhood educator and researcher Karen Worth and the science teachers hosts of Lab Out Loud, Dale Basler and Brian Bartel, as they delve into the new NSTA Early Childhood Science Education position statement, in Episode 108: Science in Early Childhood Education. This conversation is a mini-course on what [...]

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Planning and carrying out investigations

According to the editor, “Although the practice of planning and carrying out investigations has always been a part of good science instruction, the student focus often has been more on carrying out than on planning, with teacher-structured investigations far outnumbering student opportunities to develop their own research questions. Giving students opportunities to design and plan [...]

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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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RSC’s Chemistry Week

The RSC’s (Royal Society of Chemistry) Chemistry Week is a themed week of events that is held every two years to promote a positive image of chemistry and increase the public understanding of the importance of chemical science in our everyday lives. This year’s theme is “Health.” Using simple household equipment, students test how much vitamin C [...]

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Physics

If you’re not a high school physics teacher, don’t put this issue aside! There are many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and strategies that apply to other subjects and grade levels. And many of them can be done even on a shoestring budget. What Happens When You Flip a Switch? describes several activities for students to [...]

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Using “kits” in science

I’m a second-year teacher at a small elementary school. I was poking around the supply closet and found several unopened science kits.  Last year, I did some basic science activities that I did while student teaching, but this year, I’d like to do more. Would these kits be helpful? What do I need to know [...]

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Google Glass: A Lab on the End of your Nose

Over the summer I had the privilege of watching a 5th grader take Google Glass for a spin. The student was far faster at mastering the interface than I was, and also much more creative in his application of Google Glass. Google Glass is, well, I better let Wikipedia explain it: Google Glass (styled “GLΛSS”) is [...]

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What Could Be More Perfect? Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons!

For the lesson on Amazing Caterpillars in Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry’s new Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, K–5, Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, over the course of several class periods, you get to read Houdini The Amazing Caterpillar, then to show illustrations from From Caterpillar to Butterfly, and engage in a hands-on activity with [...]

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Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive

I was intrigued with the concept of Diagnosis for Classroom Success as soon as I heard about it. Author Nicole Maller wanted to make the most of her face-to-face time with her students, so she combined elements of storytelling and role-playing to teach her high school students Anatomy and Physiology. Students in her classroom have [...]

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