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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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Thornburgh, William R.; Tretter, Thomas R. – Science Teacher, 2017
This article describes a unit in which students investigate total solar eclipses, such as the one coming August 21, from several perspectives. It incorporates mathematical thinking and aligns with the "Next Generation Science Standard." This article refers to physical, virtual, and mathematical modeling. Various models and perspectives…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Mathematical Models, Recreational Facilities, Lunar Research
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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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Lamb, Gary; Polman, Joseph L.; Newman, Alan; Smith, Cynthia Graville – Science Teacher, 2014
Information graphics, or "infographics," are widely used to convey complex science and its importance to society. To be educated consumers and citizens, students need to understand and be critical of information presented in graphical form. Researchers, accordingly, have called for fostering the "representational competence" of…
Descriptors: Scientific and Technical Information, Models, Integrated Activities, High School Students
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Sneider, Cary; Stephenson, Chris; Schafer, Bruce; Flick, Larry – Science Teacher, 2014
A "Framework for K-12 Science Education" identified eight practices as "essential elements of the K-12 science and engineering curriculum" (NRC 2012, p. 49). Most of the practices, such as Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, and Analyzing and Interpreting Data, are well known among science…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Thinking Skills, Computation
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Kraus, Rudolf V. – Science Teacher, 2014
This article describes a two-day optics laboratory activity that investigates the scientific phenomenon of reflection, which students are generally familiar with but usually have not studied in depth. This investigation can be used on its own or as part of a larger unit on optics. This lesson encourages students to think critically and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Optics, Scientific Concepts
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Marrero, Meghan E.; Lam, Keira – Science Teacher, 2014
Studies show that overall seafood consumption in the United States is rising (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 2012). Other research estimates that as much as 40% of the seafood caught worldwide is discarded, while countless sharks, whales, dolphins, birds, sea turtles, and other animals are unintentionally killed or injured by fishing gear…
Descriptors: Ichthyology, Classroom Techniques, Models, High School Students
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Lombardi, Doug; Sibley, Bret; Carroll, Kristoffer – Science Teacher, 2013
Scientifically literate citizens need to understand how scientists evaluate competing explanations. Likewise, students must learn to critically evaluate the quality of scientific knowledge and weigh alternative explanations. Regrettably, high school graduates often are not critically evaluative about scientific topics. To help remedy that, this…
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Evaluative Thinking
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Campbell, Todd; Neilson, Drew; Oh, Phil Seok – Science Teacher, 2013
Of the eight practices of science identified in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012), helping students develop and use models has been identified by many as an anchor (Schwarz and Passmore 2012; Windschitl 2012). In instruction, disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices can be meaningfully…
Descriptors: Physics, Models, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Oh, Phil Seok; Oh, Sung Jin – Science Teacher, 2013
Modeling in science has been studied by education researchers for decades and is now being applied broadly in school. It is among the scientific practices featured in the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") (Achieve Inc. 2013). This article describes modeling activities in an extracurricular science club in a high…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, Science Activities
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Gregory, Christine – Science Teacher, 2012
In this article, the author describes the "Be your own groundhog" project in her grades 9-12 Earth and environmental sciences courses, in which students use citizen science databases to research the physical changes that signal the arrival of spring. This project starts with a simple question, "When will spring spring?" This goes beyond the…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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O'Dell, Gary; Gonzalez-Espada, Wilson – Science Teacher, 2011
Students learn science best with activities that mirror the way scientists work. This article describes how geologists investigate groundwater flow systems in areas of karst topography--geologic formations shaped by dissolving bedrock--and provides a way for students to replicate this research. Students also use electric current to model water…
Descriptors: Water, Topography, Geology, Investigations
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Neilson, Drew; Campbell, Todd; Allred, Benjamin – Science Teacher, 2010
Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) is an emergent instructional strategy that is gaining acceptance among science educators. This approach to learning realistically mirrors the work of scientists, who develop and test hypotheses to construct more sophisticated understandings of the natural world. This article details how the authors collaboratively taught…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Physics, Science Instruction, Inquiry