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New NSTA Press Book Provides Engaging Problem-Based Learning Lessons






Problem-based learning (PBL) offers an excellent way to capture students’ imaginations, stimulate their curiosity, and engage them in deep learning. The new NSTA Press book Problem-Based Learning in the Earth and Space Science Classroom K-12 by Tim J. McConnell, Joyce Parker, and Janet Eberhardt provides step-by-step instruction and tools to help teachers implement PBL in […]

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Engineering activities






Are you interested in enhancing your STEM teaching repertoire? Or in integrating engineering concepts but not sure where to start? There have been some new features added to a free resource which is appropriate for in-school and informal K-12 educators. The TeachEngineering digital library is an online collection with more than 1,500 engineering curricular materials […]

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Explore the Power of Investigating






How can a teacher build and maintain a learning environment that will help students investigate meaningful questions? That’s the central question of The Power of Investigating: Guiding Authentic Assessments by Julie V. McGough and Lisa M. Nyberg. The pedagogical picture book for K–5 teachers provides practical advice for building investigations that integrate both STEM and […]

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NSTA Books, eBooks+, and Journals win 2017’s highest honors in educational publishing – REVERE Awards






The Association of American Publishers PreK–12 Learning Group has just announced 2017’s winners of the prestigious REVERE Awards, education publishing’s highest honors. The 2017 REVERE Awards honor print and electronic resources for PreK–12 teachers and learners in the classroom setting and beyond. Browse this year’s best of the best in educational resources in AAP’s gallery […]

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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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The best education resources of 2016 just announced






This week, the Association of American Publishers PreK–12 Learning Group announced the year’s top learning resources, its 50th year of providing this service to the education community. The 2016 REVERE Awards Finalists include resources from PreK to 12, from print to electronic, and from classroom to “beyond.” Among the impressive and diverse list of Finalists […]

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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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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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Students communicate their results






I am interested in strategies to help students write lab reports. I have gone over this at the beginning of the year and a few times in between. But students still have trouble explaining the purpose, hypothesis, process, and conclusion. I want the students to describe and analyze their lab activities and to communicate their […]

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Rich source for lesson plans?






Do you “Pin?” Early childhood preservice teachers on the NSTA Learning Center forums are recommending Pinterest as a source for lesson plans and activities: “Dig into pinterest!!!! It has been my best friend as a student teacher this year!” How can educators looking for science explorations or science content knowledge find resources that are supported by […]

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