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Ellingson, Charlene; Roehrig, Gillian; Bakkum, Kris; Dubinsky, Janet M. – Science Teacher, 2016
This article introduces the Critical Response Protocol (CRP), an arts-based technique that engages students in equitable critical discourse and aligns with the "Next Generation Science Standards" vision for providing students opportunities for language learning while advancing science learning (NGSS Lead States 2013). CRP helps teachers…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Grade 9, Course Descriptions, Lesson Plans
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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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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