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Rittenburg, Rebecca; Miller, Brant G.; Rust, Cindy; Esler, Jamie; Kreider, Rusti; Boylan, Ryan; Squires, Audrey – Science Teacher, 2015
In a regional gathering called the Youth Water Summit, high school students present projects that respond to the driving question behind their science curriculum: "How can you address a significant water resource challenge in your community's watershed?" Students exhibit scientific posters, interactive presentations, films, art projects,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Projects, Active Learning, Exhibits
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Turrin, Margie – Science Teacher, 2015
Data and data analysis are central to science and the complex world in which people live. Students need to practice working with data--addressed in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013)--starting with small, self-collected data sets and moving on to larger, remotely collected data assemblages. Small data sets…
Descriptors: Science Education, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Experiential Learning
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Busey, Amy; Krumhansl, Ruth; Mueller-Northcott, Julianne; Louie, Josephine; Kochevar, Randy; Krumhansl, Kira; Zetterlind, Virgil – Science Teacher, 2015
Scientific research is undergoing a "big data" revolution, as probes deployed in oceans, the atmosphere, and outer space provide near real-time data streams. As more and more data sets such as Ocean Tracks become available online, opportunities to engage students in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Oceanography, Marine Biology
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Lederman, Judith; Gnanakkan, Dionysius; Bartels, Selina; Lederman, Norman – Science Teacher, 2015
Many students enter high school with some science knowledge and experience doing investigations but often know little about the nature of science (NOS) or how the knowledge is developed (i.e., science practices). As science teachers, we need to get students excited about science as quickly as possible with activities that introduce the practices…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, High School Students, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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Nation, Molly Trendell; Feldman, Allan; Wang, Ping – Science Teacher, 2015
Global climate change and its effects are real and immediate. Students must gain an understanding of climate science so they can participate in public debate about how to reduce the emission of heat-trapping gases and how their communities can mitigate the effects of global warming. In this activity, students model these effects on Earth's oceans…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Climate, Pollution, Investigations
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Vieyra, Rebecca; Edwards, Teon; Rowe, Elizabeth; Asbell-Clarke, Jodi – Science Teacher, 2015
Gaming is becoming an effective form of learning and assessment and shouldn't be overlooked in an increasingly technological world. The games described in this article ("Impulse," "Quantum Spectre," and "Ravenous"), entertaining enough to be played by the general public, are also appropriate and useful in a classroom…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Play, Educational Games
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Hanson, Eric; Burakowski, Elizabeth – Science Teacher, 2015
For much of the northern United States, the months surrounding the winter solstice are a time of increased darkness, low temperatures, and frozen landscapes. Each year, the ubiquitous white ice crystals that blanket regions of the north go uninvestigated. Instead of hunkering down indoors with their classes, however, teachers can take advantage of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Science Process Skills, Secondary School Science
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Wilcox, Jesse; Kruse, Jerrid; Herman, Benjamin – Science Teacher, 2015
Even though density is taught in middle school, high school students often struggle to understand that the density of a substance is consistent regardless of amount. This is because many high school students know density = mass/volume, but do not have the conceptual understanding necessary to explain density-related phenomena. The scaffolded…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Kruse, Jerrid; Wilcox, Jesse – Science Teacher, 2015
High school students often enter classrooms with misconceptions about density. While many students may have studied the concept in middle school, they lack the understanding on which to build more advanced concepts, such as the particulate nature of matter. This lack of understanding poses problems for students' learning about Pascal's principle…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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O'Brien, Walter – Science Teacher, 2015
One of the most difficult challenges of incorporating literacy in the classroom--as called for by the "Common Core State Standards" (NGAC and CCSSO 2010)--is inspiring reluctant writers. Students are often unmotivated by essay assignments or having to write answers to open-ended questions. Some students may even view these as obstacles…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Education, Molecular Structure
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Emery, Katherine; Harlow, Danielle; Whitmer, Ali; Gaines, Steven – Science Teacher, 2015
People are regularly confronted with environmental and science-related issues presented to them in newspapers, on television, or even in their own doctor's office. Often the information they use to inform their decisions on matters of science may be ambiguous and contradictory. This article presents an activity that investigates how students deal…
Descriptors: Science Education, Standards, Information Literacy, Data Analysis
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McCormack, Stacy – Science Teacher, 2015
In the fall of 2008, Stacy McCormack's students were caught up in the presidential election, and she began to wonder how she might harness this passion for politics in her high school physics classroom. At about the same time, a friend recommended the book "Physics for Future Presidents" (Muller 2008), which led her to develop a year…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Philippof, Joanna; Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Seki, Jennifer; Kaupp, Lauren – Science Teacher, 2015
The periodic table does more than provide information about the elements. The periodic table also helps us make predictions about how the elements behave. Understanding the atomic structure of matter and periodic properties of the elements, as shown in the periodic table, is fundamental to many scientific disciplines. Unfortunately, high school…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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Schibuk, Elizabeth – Science Teacher, 2015
This article describes a nuclear chemistry unit on the Manhattan Project, a research effort that led to the development of the world's first nuclear weapons during World War II. The unit is appropriate for an introductory high school chemistry or physics course and takes from four to six weeks. The unit poses this essential question: "Over…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Chemistry
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Bircher, Lisa; Sansenbaugher, Bonnie – Science Teacher, 2015
This article describes the benefits of high school science clubs, focusing on forging partnerships with local and regional organizations; the importance of a service-learning component; and how local science club activities bring students and community members together. The authors also address how educators can improve the work of the group to…
Descriptors: Clubs, Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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