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Touitou, Israel; Barry, Stephen; Bielik, Tom; Schneider, Barbara; Krajcik, Joseph – Science Teacher, 2018
Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach to science teaching that supports the "Next Generation Science Standards" (Krajcik 2015; NGSS Lead States 2013). In a PBL lesson, students design and solve real-world problems or explain scientific phenomena. Students using a PBL model learn and retain more than those not using…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Physics, Units of Study
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Harron, Jason; Fletcher, Steven; Spock, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2018
While there is no official definition, making is generally thought of as turning ideas into products through design, invention, and building. Support is growing for integrating making into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Making can help high school students explore science concepts and phenomena, yet, lacking…
Descriptors: High School Students, Creative Development, Design, Curriculum Enrichment
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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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Lund, Alana; Roemmele, Christopher; Roetker, Lisa; Smith, Steven – Science Teacher, 2018
The study of earthquakes can help students build connections between theoretical analysis and real-world applications. However, units on earthquakes typically struggle to bridge that gap between theory and application. Traditional class activities focus on measuring earthquakes, such as triangulating epicenters by analyzing P and S wave arrival…
Descriptors: Seismology, Emergency Programs, Science Activities, Teaching Methods
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Kinslow, Andrew T.; Sadler, Troy D. – Science Teacher, 2018
Teaching socio-scientific issues (SSIs) allows students to explore science ideas and practices intertwined with complex social phenomena, which can promote significant growth in critical thinking. Sadler, Barab, and Scott (2007) suggested specific critical thinking competencies associated with the negotiation of SSIs that capture the complexities…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Critical Thinking, Scientific Concepts
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Dolenc, Nathan; Cohen, Jonathan – Science Teacher, 2018
A Rube Goldberg device is a complicated, yet comically involved machine that performs a simple task such as closing a door, watering a plant, or typing a key on a keyboard. Creating one is an open-ended activity that challenges students to use prior knowledge, resourcefulness, investigatory skills, and imagination. This reverse engineering…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Energy
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Fernandez, Matias; Napier, Joseph; Hu, Feng Sheng; Heath, Katy; de Lafontaine, Guillaume; Hug, Barbara – Science Teacher, 2018
The practice of obtaining, interpreting, and contextualizing data across scientific disciplines is crucial to understanding the natural world. The authors developed the Teal Spruce sampling activity to encourage students to explore the reality of scientific data collection while also providing hands-on experience in interpreting and sharing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Educational Games
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Moeller, Kara; Friedman, Mark – Science Teacher, 2018
Evolution can be a difficult concept for students, even though it is an organizing principle in biology. It can also be a challenge for teachers to cover evolution properly (or at all) in the classroom, whether due to personal attitudes or lack of knowledge or confidence in the material (Rutledge and Mitchell 2002). Even in some states where…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Health, Biology
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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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Schatz, Dennis; Fraknoi, Andrew – Science Teacher, 2017
This summer, on August 21, 500 million people across North America will experience one of the most beautiful astronomical phenomena: an eclipse of the Sun. It will be a "must teach" moment, when all students will want to know the "what, when, and why" of the event. In addition, many high school science teachers are likely to be…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Science Education
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Ament, Caitlin Marie; Graham, Theodore J. – Science Teacher, 2017
This article presents a unit of study in which students examine skeletons and draw conclusions from the evidence they find in a simulated mass grave. The activity involves the foundation of forensic anthropology--interpreting the structure of skeletal remains to determine sex, age, height, and possible cause of death. Working through a series of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Anthropology, Evidence
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Brooks, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2017
In most STEM industries, teamwork is essential. Engineers, scientists, statisticians, and medical professionals, for example, must communicate with one another and work together. Someday, students may enter the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce, where they also will need to collaborate effectively. This article describes…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Science Instruction, Molecular Biology, STEM Education
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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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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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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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