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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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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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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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Stowe, Ryan; Elvey, Jacob – Science Teacher, 2016
Chemistry in high school is often presented as a jumbled mass of topics drawn from inorganic, analytical, and physical sub-disciplines. With no central theme to build on, students may have trouble grasping the chemical sciences as a coherent field. In this article, Stowe and Elvey describe an activity that integrates different facets of chemistry…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Design, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
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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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Johnson, Michele; Dodson, Tiare – Science Teacher, 2016
Carbon is at the heart of many of today's environmental challenges. It is the central element responsible for the structure and function of living systems--taken up by plants through photosynthesis and moving from plants to other organisms, soil, and the ocean and into the atmosphere. The imbalance of these connected biogeochemical…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Scientific Concepts
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Todd, Amber; Kenyon, Lisa – Science Teacher, 2016
When asked about protein, students often mention meat, protein bars, and protein's role in building muscles. Many students are not aware of the most basic function of protein: linking genes and traits. Because of its importance in molecular genetics, protein function is included in the life sciences section of the "Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Instruction, Physical Characteristics, Physiology
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Gupta, Kavita – Science Teacher, 2016
In this article Kavita Gupta describes how she used assessment "as" learning, where students learn, self-correct, and collaborate "during" the assessment (Rowe 2012) in her AP chemistry class. In her class, she used these assessments as learning for "performance-based assessments" (PBAs). They share attributes of both…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Chemistry, Advanced Placement, Student Evaluation
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Baldwin, Blake; Koenig, Kathleen; Van der Bent, Andries – Science Teacher, 2016
Integrating engineering and science in the classroom can be challenging, and creating authentic experiences that address real-world problems is often even more difficult. "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012), however, calls for high school graduates to be able to undertake more complex engineering design projects related…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Engineering Education, Science Education, Design
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Kucan, Linda; Boliha, Juanita – Science Teacher, 2016
Education in science and engineering should develop students' ability to read and write domain-specific texts (NRC 2012). Unfortunately, "science teachers are not generally well prepared to help their students penetrate the linguistic puzzles that science texts present" (Snow 2010, p. 452). Thus, Juanita Boliha (a biology teacher) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 9, Biology, Literacy
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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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Mulvey, Bridget – Science Teacher, 2016
Students best learn science through a combination of science inquiry and language learning. This article presents a series of chemistry lessons on the naming of compounds. The weeklong unit focuses on patterns across compound names and chemical formulas and addresses several of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Naming
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Metz, Julia – Science Teacher, 2016
Most laboratory activities conducted by students involve measurement, and measurement can only be as precise as the instrument with which it is made. When Julia Metz began her teaching career, she assumed most of the 10th grade chemistry students would have previously used common measuring devices such as metric rulers, graduated cylinders,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Measurement
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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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