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Erickson, Brian; Crews, Tracy – Science Teacher, 2019
This article describes a five-lesson curriculum that introduces students to the primary cause, multiple predicted impacts, and possible solutions to ocean acidification. It builds upon the strengths of over 90 existing teaching resources on the topic while also contributing new ways to teach about the impacts and solutions to this pressing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Oceanography, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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Butera, Brett; Esser, Scott – Science Teacher, 2019
Citizen science can provide insightful data to inform decisions, while also serving to enhance ecological awareness and foster environmental stewardship among participants. In this article, high school student citizen scientists investigate how trees respond to changing mountain climate during a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to…
Descriptors: Forestry, Science Education, Scientists, Conservation (Environment)
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Allen, Kelli; Harron, Jason; Qadri, Syeda Ayesha – Science Teacher, 2019
Inquiry-based teaching aims to increase student engagement through the development of the hands-on, minds-on skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, needed for the 21st century (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills 2015). This approach respects the complexities of the learning process, values the knowledge and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Chowning, Jeanne Ting; Wu, Regina; Brinkema, Caren; Crocker, Wendy; Bass, Krystal; LaZerte, Debbie – Science Teacher, 2019
DNA extraction from strawberries is a well-known procedure that allows students to visualize DNA and to recognize that living things contain DNA (NHGRI 2018, Science Buddies 2013). In this article, the authors describe a modification to the traditional DNA extraction protocol that promotes student agency in experimental design and also emphasizes…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Laboratories, Science Teachers, Persuasive Discourse
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Perry, Anthony; Estabrooks, Leigh – Science Teacher, 2019
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") emphasize integrating engineering design into the science classroom (NGSS Lead States 2013). Inventing is an authentic and relevant classroom approach, regardless of content area, located at one end of a design continuum opposite from routine problem solving. Invention, at the…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Problem Solving, Learner Engagement, Natural Disasters
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Price, Argenta; Wieman, Carl; Perkins, Katherine – Science Teacher, 2019
Interactive science simulations (sims) have become popular tools for science educators, and research confirms that sims can improve student learning (Rutten, van Joolingen, and van der Veen 2012). Over the past 15 years, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder has created a collection of 150 open (free)…
Descriptors: Simulation, Science Teachers, Learner Engagement, High School Teachers
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Briscoe, Michael – Science Teacher, 2019
FLEET is a free ship-design simulator that reaches students in their native environment--video games. It is also a physics simulator that applies content first learned through hands-on scientific investigations. Using FLEET, students design and use ships for various naval missions by mastering scientific concepts such as force, energy, and work,…
Descriptors: Video Games, Computer Simulation, Physics, Hands on Science
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Maeng, Jennifer; Gonczi, Amanda – Science Teacher, 2019
The idea that plants do photosynthesis but do not do cellular respiration is a common misconception among middle and high school students that often stems from an over-simplification of these processes in diagrams and formal science instruction. The activity presented here uses a conceptual change approach (Nussbaum & Novick, 1982) and an…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Science Instruction, Botany, Correlation
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Cubbage, Tom – Science Teacher, 2019
For most people, coffee roasting is a mysterious process. Chemically, it's equally mysterious; the roasting process gives rise to over 800 compounds. The science of coffee, from seed to bean to cup of aromatic brew, includes multiple areas of science content for students, and actively engages them in many science and engineering practices. Ask…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Food, Science Laboratories, Secondary School Science
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Pearlman, Melanie – Science Teacher, 2019
Spices, of course, do not make a meal, but they make a meal more enjoyable and memorable. Games do the same, allowing teachers to interact with their students in a different way than they normally do. They also have the potential to challenge and assess students' understanding of content. Games allow teachers to "play" with their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Course Content
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Giamellaro, Michael; Blackburn, Jackson; Honea, Molly; LaPlante, Jacob – Science Teacher, 2019
There is substantial evidence to suggest that social interactions, and discourse in particular, are the strongest drivers of learning (National Academies 2018), suggesting that teachers need to promote productive talk in their classrooms (NRC 2012). While the "Next Generation Science Standards" practice of "obtaining, evaluating,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Reynolds, Julie – Science Teacher, 2019
A lesson that focuses on the intricate co-evolution of flowers with their pollinators is one way to help students learn the delicate balance in nature and help ensure that our actions do not upset this balance. In this lesson students use the engineering design process to engineer a flower that is a perfect model for its chosen pollinator. Next,…
Descriptors: Entomology, Animals, Plants (Botany), Biology
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Carrigan, James; Bodzin, Alec; Hammond, Thomas; Rutzmoser, Scott; Popejoy, Kate; Farina, William – Science Teacher, 2019
Mobile geospatial technologies enable high school students to engage in authentic scientific data collection and analysis that promote spatial-thinking and reasoning skills, as well as problem-solving in a school's local environment. We developed and implemented an Ecological Services investigation aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged
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Stewart, Lauren; Ross, Donna; Elliot, Kimberly – Science Teacher, 2019
This paper highlights learning supports associated with genetics lessons that were implemented in a urban high school biology classroom. The supports provided access to science content for ELLs [English language learners], students with IEPs [individualized education programs], and struggling readers during an introductory unit on genetics. Due to…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Urban Schools, Secondary School Science
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Fowler, Kelsie; Windschitl, Mark; Richards, Jennifer – Science Teacher, 2019
The ideas students bring to class and their perspectives on what is happening in the classroom change constantly. Keeping track of these changes is useful for adapting lessons, nurturing student self-reflection, increasing student ownership of learning, and building a teaching practice responsive to learners' needs. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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