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Erickson, Brian; Crews, Tracy – Science Teacher, 2019
This article describes a five-lesson curriculum that introduces students to the primary cause, multiple predicted impacts, and possible solutions to ocean acidification. It builds upon the strengths of over 90 existing teaching resources on the topic while also contributing new ways to teach about the impacts and solutions to this pressing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Oceanography, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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Chowning, Jeanne Ting; Wu, Regina; Brinkema, Caren; Crocker, Wendy; Bass, Krystal; LaZerte, Debbie – Science Teacher, 2019
DNA extraction from strawberries is a well-known procedure that allows students to visualize DNA and to recognize that living things contain DNA (NHGRI 2018, Science Buddies 2013). In this article, the authors describe a modification to the traditional DNA extraction protocol that promotes student agency in experimental design and also emphasizes…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Laboratories, Science Teachers, Persuasive Discourse
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Perry, Anthony; Estabrooks, Leigh – Science Teacher, 2019
The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") emphasize integrating engineering design into the science classroom (NGSS Lead States 2013). Inventing is an authentic and relevant classroom approach, regardless of content area, located at one end of a design continuum opposite from routine problem solving. Invention, at the…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Problem Solving, Learner Engagement, Natural Disasters
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Stewart, Lauren; Ross, Donna; Elliot, Kimberly – Science Teacher, 2019
This paper highlights learning supports associated with genetics lessons that were implemented in a urban high school biology classroom. The supports provided access to science content for ELLs [English language learners], students with IEPs [individualized education programs], and struggling readers during an introductory unit on genetics. Due to…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Urban Schools, Secondary School Science
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Soto, Inia; Cambazoglu, Mustafa Kenal; Arnone, Robert; Kastler, Jessica; Parra, Sabrina – Science Teacher, 2018
Cruise planning may seem like an ordinary task for oceanographers, but it actually involves logical and strategic thinking, collaboration, and multidisciplinary work. The "Challenger" expedition, led by Charles Wyville Thomson from 1872 to 1876, was the first to be fully dedicated to understanding oceans (Rice et al. 1999) and was…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Role Playing
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Harmon, Stephanie; Pallant, Amy; Pryputniewicz, Sarah – Science Teacher, 2019
Constructing scientific arguments is an important skill, and is specifically addressed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science and engineering practice of Engaging in Arguments From Evidence. To ensure that students understand the significance of a scientific argument, they need experiences that will help them understand, use, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Earth Science
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Sultany, Molly; Bixby, Rebecca – Science Teacher, 2016
For students in biology, chemistry, or environmental science, diatoms offer excellent insight into watershed health and human impact on the environment. Diatoms are found globally in virtually every habitat that has sunlight and moisture, including polar seas, tropical streams, and on moist soils and mosses. Studying diatoms as biological…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Scientific Concepts, High Schools
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Furtak, Erin Marie; Heredia, Sara C. – Science Teacher, 2016
The "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) lay out an ambitious agenda for students to simultaneously engage with disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices. This does not just mean new expectations for teaching; it also requires new formative assessments. In contrast to summative…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Science Teachers, Student Evaluation
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Luft, Julie A.; Nixon, Ryan S.; Dubois, Shannon L.; Campbell, Benjamin K. – Science Teacher, 2014
New teachers are common in the teaching workforce (Ingersoll and Merrill 2012). All new teachers will learn about the school curriculum and school policies in their first years. New science teachers, however, need to attend to the "Next Generation of Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) as they build their instruction and knowledge…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Science Instruction
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Danielowich, Robert M. – Science Teacher, 2014
Science teachers are aware of many social issues that intersect with science. These socio-scientific issues (SSIs) are "open-ended problems without clear-cut solutions [that] can be informed by scientific principles, theories, and data, but…cannot be fully determined by [them]" (Sadler 2011, p. 4). This article describes the SSI lessons…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers
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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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Dash, Carolyn; Hug, Barbara – Science Teacher, 2014
We constantly encounter data--in the form of graphs--that convey information about weather, medicine, politics, finances, and nutrition. These graphs are intended to help us visualize data for easy interpretation; however, approximately 41% of adults in the United States have low graph literacy (Galesic and Garcia-Retamero 2011). In this article,…
Descriptors: Climate, Graphs, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Eisenkraft, Arthur; Heltzel, Carl; Johnson, Diane; Radcliffe, Brian – Science Teacher, 2006
All artists are chemists. Artists understand and study the properties of specific materials and find ways to explore these properties to express views of themselves and the world around them. This article discusses the Artist as Chemist unit and presents how students link art and chemistry through problem-based learning activities. In this…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Chemistry, Units of Study, Science Instruction