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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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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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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
Jones, Richard C.; Bagheri, Nazgol – Geography Teacher, 2019
This exercise introduces students to the observation that warming is unequal at the level of regions and countries, helps them analyze why this is so, and encourages reflection on actions by specific countries. In addition, students will uncover the relative roles of methane and carbon dioxide in local warming, the role of greenhouse gas emissions…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Climate, Environmental Education
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Lausch, Rabecca; Ross, Danielle K. – Science Teacher, 2019
Understanding natural selection and adaptation are important precursors to learning evolution (NGSS Lead States 2013), the central unifying principle of biology. This lesson sequence, guided by the Five Practices Model (Cartier et al. 2013), incorporates data described by Andersson (1982) that details female choice in a population that eventually…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Evolution
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Wagler, Ron; Wagler, Amy – Science Teacher, 2019
The primary learning objectives of this "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) aligned activity is to help high school biology students experience firsthand the role of replication in scientific inquiry and food preference as a behavioral reproductive trait of the Madagascar hissing cockroach. The secondary…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Biology, Entomology
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Mulvey, Bridget – Science Teacher, 2018
Minerals are commonly taught in ways that emphasize mineral identification for its own sake or maybe to help identify rocks. But how do minerals fit in with other science content taught? The author uses mineral formulas to help Earth science students wonder about the connection between elements, compounds, mixtures, minerals, and mineral formulas.…
Descriptors: Mineralogy, Science Instruction, Earth Science, Scientific Concepts
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Nageotte, Nichole; Buck, Gayle; Kirk, Holly – Science Teacher, 2018
Imagine saving just one of the 23,000 species threatened with extinction. Students studying endangered species in a general life science course faced the decision of which species to save as a summative assignment in a unit on scientific explanation and argumentation. They used the claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER) framework in which students…
Descriptors: Wildlife, Conservation (Environment), Death, Biological Sciences
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Chao, Jie; Xie, Charles; Massicotte, Joyce; Schimpf, Corey; Lockwood, Jeff; Huang, Xudong; Beaulieu, Craig – Science Teacher, 2018
As solar energy becomes increasingly affordable, many schools are considering installing new solar power systems. In this article, the authors present Solarize Your School, an engineering project that gives students the opportunity to design and evaluate solar power solutions for their own schools. This STEM project requires students to learn and…
Descriptors: Energy, Natural Resources, STEM Education, Student Projects
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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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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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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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Wansink, Bjorn; Zuiker, Itzél; Wubbels, Theo; Kamman, Maurits; Akkerman, Sanne – Teaching History, 2017
Bjorn Wansink and his co-authors have aligned their teaching of a recent and controversial historical issue--the Cold War--in the light of a contemporary incident. This article demonstrates a means of ensuring that students understand that different cultures' views of their shared past are nuanced, rather than monolithic--a different concept in…
Descriptors: International Relations, History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Historical Interpretation
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Beachum, Floyd D.; Watson, Terri N. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2017
Nathaniel Stone, the principal of Lakeshore Community High School, was summoned to a meeting in the city. The gathering included more than a dozen influential leaders. The conversation that unfolded was, literally, unreal. Mr. Smith, a government official of sorts, called for the destruction of a social movement that was having a positive effect…
Descriptors: High Schools, Racial Bias, Academic Achievement, African American Students
Poleski, Matthew – Geography Teacher, 2017
The lesson described in this article meets several needs for Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG®) teachers. In the interest of preserving time in the classroom, this lesson is intended to be a capstone assignment, allowing students to synthesize several concepts of the APHG® curriculum, such as demography, economic development, and cultural…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Advanced Placement, Lesson Plans
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