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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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Butera, Brett; Esser, Scott – Science Teacher, 2019
Citizen science can provide insightful data to inform decisions, while also serving to enhance ecological awareness and foster environmental stewardship among participants. In this article, high school student citizen scientists investigate how trees respond to changing mountain climate during a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to…
Descriptors: Forestry, Science Education, Scientists, Conservation (Environment)
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Price, Argenta; Wieman, Carl; Perkins, Katherine – Science Teacher, 2019
Interactive science simulations (sims) have become popular tools for science educators, and research confirms that sims can improve student learning (Rutten, van Joolingen, and van der Veen 2012). Over the past 15 years, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder has created a collection of 150 open (free)…
Descriptors: Simulation, Science Teachers, Learner Engagement, High School Teachers
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Pearlman, Melanie – Science Teacher, 2019
Spices, of course, do not make a meal, but they make a meal more enjoyable and memorable. Games do the same, allowing teachers to interact with their students in a different way than they normally do. They also have the potential to challenge and assess students' understanding of content. Games allow teachers to "play" with their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Course Content
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Giamellaro, Michael; Blackburn, Jackson; Honea, Molly; LaPlante, Jacob – Science Teacher, 2019
There is substantial evidence to suggest that social interactions, and discourse in particular, are the strongest drivers of learning (National Academies 2018), suggesting that teachers need to promote productive talk in their classrooms (NRC 2012). While the "Next Generation Science Standards" practice of "obtaining, evaluating,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Carrigan, James; Bodzin, Alec; Hammond, Thomas; Rutzmoser, Scott; Popejoy, Kate; Farina, William – Science Teacher, 2019
Mobile geospatial technologies enable high school students to engage in authentic scientific data collection and analysis that promote spatial-thinking and reasoning skills, as well as problem-solving in a school's local environment. We developed and implemented an Ecological Services investigation aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged
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Fowler, Kelsie; Windschitl, Mark; Richards, Jennifer – Science Teacher, 2019
The ideas students bring to class and their perspectives on what is happening in the classroom change constantly. Keeping track of these changes is useful for adapting lessons, nurturing student self-reflection, increasing student ownership of learning, and building a teaching practice responsive to learners' needs. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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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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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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