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Marshall, Cory – Science Teacher, 2019
This article describes how one teacher introduced Earth science topics to a 10th-grade biology class using a 3D printer. The activities described give students opportunities to visit Earth's geologic landmarks through kinesthetic modeling. 3D-printed topographical maps function as a supplement to, or replacement of, two-dimensional drawings,…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Topography, Maps
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Hewitt, Paul G. – Science Teacher, 2017
When teaching how "tension" and "compression" relate to geometrical structures such as bridges, arches, and domes, The author shows a picture of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, completed in the 14th century, and presents a lesson on using the curve called a catenary to explain how he teaches about tension and compression…
Descriptors: Physics, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Murphy, Beth; Hedwall, Melissa; Dirks, Andrew; Stretch, Elizabeth – Science Teacher, 2017
Reading provides a unique window into the history and nature of science and the norms of scientific communication and supports students in developing critical-reading skills in engaging ways. Effective use of reading promotes a spirit of inquiry and an understanding of science concepts while also addressing expectations of the Common Core State…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Molecular Structure, Science Education History, Content Area Reading
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Kinslow, Andrew; Sadler, Troy; Friedrichsen, Patricia; Zangori, Laura; Peel, Amanda; Graham, Kerri – Science Teacher, 2017
The global scale of climate change may seem beyond many high school students' comprehension. To complicate matters, climate change has emerged as a political issue that pits candidates, neighbors, and sometimes teachers and students against each other (Kahan 2015). The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) call on…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Science and Society, Secondary School Science
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Hansen, Holly; Alderman, Helen Christine – Science Teacher, 2016
The goal of the Family Science Night (FSN) described in this article was to involve culturally and linguistically diverse families in school life so that students would be more vocal, successful, and interactive in science class. The project would also demonstrate to the students that their teacher valued their input in the classroom. The setting…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Activities, Science Curriculum
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Pentecost, Thomas; Weber, Sarah; Herrington, Deborah – Science Teacher, 2016
Research suggests that connecting the visible (macroscopic) world of chemical phenomena to the invisible (particulate) world of atoms and molecules enhances student understanding in chemistry. This approach aligns with the science standards and is fundamental to the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. However, chemistry is usually taught at the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Visual Aids, Critical Thinking
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Robertson, Carol – Science Teacher, 2016
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is life's most amazing molecule. It carries the genetic instructions that almost every organism needs to develop and reproduce. In the human genome alone, there are some three billion DNA base pairs. The most difficult part of teaching DNA structure, however, may be getting students to visualize something as small as a…
Descriptors: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Structure, Class Activities
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Lotter, Christine; Taylor, Laurie – Science Teacher, 2016
In the 2 day lesson presented in this article, students explain how ionic substances interact in solutions by developing and revising their own explanatory models. The lesson engaged students in three-dimensional learning through creating and revising their own models to explain the interaction of ionic substances and polar molecules in a closed…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology
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Colaianne, Blake – Science Teacher, 2015
Misconceptions about climate change are common, which suggests a need to effectively address the subject in the classroom. This article describes a project-based science activity in which students report on the physical basis, adaptations, and mitigation of this global problem, adapting the framework of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Climate, Science Instruction, Student Projects
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Forster, Michelle; Bestelmeyer, Stephanie; Baez-Rodriguez, Noelia; Berkowitz, Alan; Caplan, Bess; Esposito, Rhea; Grace, Elizabeth; McGee, Steven – Science Teacher, 2018
Thousands of students around the country have participated in activities using the Data Jam model, creating poetry, songs, videos, or sculpture to improve their data literacy, gain knowledge of local science research, and creatively express their findings. This article introduces the Data Jam model and describes how teachers can use it in…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Science Activities, Science Instruction