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Souders, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2018
Protein synthesis, involving such abstract concepts as "DNA," "RNA," "transcription," and "translation," is one of many biological processes too small to be seen by the naked eye. This combination of scientific jargon and sub-microscopic elements can make biology seem overwhelming to any student--but…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Genetics, Teaching Methods, English Language Learners
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Hancock, James Brian, II; Lee, May – Science Teacher, 2018
Many teachers are confused about how to implement the phenomena-based teaching recommended by the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). This article describes one possible approach--purposely repurposing existing activities. This process involves having teachers: (1) Choose a phenomenon that informs the development…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Miles, Rhea; Zambone, Alana – Science Teacher, 2017
Students who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), like all students, need to conduct scientific investigations that involve measurements and reading experimental procedures. Best instructional practices for BVI students include touch and hearing experiences. Related strategies and tools include electronic textbooks, assistive technologies such as…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Blindness, Visual Impairments, Teaching Methods
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Crawford, Christina; Beason-Abmayr, Beth; Eich, Elizabeth; Scott, Jamie; Nichol, Carolyn – Science Teacher, 2015
Viruses are all around--and within. They replicate inside the cells of living organisms. An estimated 1.6 million to 40 million of them occupy each cubic meter of the air people breathe. The activity described in this article helps students understand how the structure of a virus allows it to infect a specific set of organisms and cell types.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communicable Diseases, Biology, Active Learning
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Hike, Nina; Beck-Winchatz, Bernhard – Science Teacher, 2015
Many students probably know something about space from playing computer games or watching movies and TV shows. Teachers can expose them to the real thing by launching their experiments into near space on a weather balloon. This article describes how to use high-altitude ballooning (HAB) as a culminating project to a chemistry unit on experimental…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Research Design, Space Sciences, Space Exploration
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Rittenburg, Rebecca; Miller, Brant G.; Rust, Cindy; Esler, Jamie; Kreider, Rusti; Boylan, Ryan; Squires, Audrey – Science Teacher, 2015
In a regional gathering called the Youth Water Summit, high school students present projects that respond to the driving question behind their science curriculum: "How can you address a significant water resource challenge in your community's watershed?" Students exhibit scientific posters, interactive presentations, films, art projects,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Projects, Active Learning, Exhibits
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Lund, Tony; Walker, Mimi – Science Teacher, 2015
To address the needs of the high population of students with learning disabilities at their school, the author and a colleague created an inclusion science class that focuses on active, hands-on science. The course prepares students of various learning abilities for the state-mandated end-of-course biology assessment. Many of their students have…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Disabilities, Inclusion
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Tofel-Grehl, Colby; Fields, Deborah – Science Teacher, 2015
Electronic textiles (e-textiles)--fabrics embedded with electrical or electronic components--offer a new model for teaching this content. E-textiles also engage students in programming and engineering design through nontraditional projects and materials. This article describes a four-week electricity curriculum using three e-textiles projects that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textiles Instruction, Teaching Methods, Electronic Learning