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Rosenburg, Joshua; Edwards, Alex; Chen, Bodong – Science Teacher, 2020
Analyzing and interpreting data is essential to the practice of scientists and is also an essential science and engineering practice for science teaching and learning. Although working with data has benefits for student learning, it is also challenging, particularly with respect to aspects of work with data that are not yet very common in schools,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Data Analysis, Teaching Methods, Data Collection
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Boerner-Mercier, Jaron; Gray, Ron – Science Teacher, 2020
Land ethics are the ways that humanity justifies their usage of the land. Today this topic is more important than ever as we balance our needs, such as food, water, and energy, with the systems of the natural world. The activity described in this article introduces students to the concept of land ethics using historical case studies of five common…
Descriptors: Ecology, Ethics, Natural Resources, Land Use
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Wolfson, Jane; Stapleton, Mary; Sezen-Barrie, Asli – Science Teacher, 2020
Ocean acidification (OA) has been called climate change's evil twin for a reason. Increased levels of carbon dioxide, caused by humans burning fossil fuels, are not only causing a rise in global temperature but are also having adverse impacts on marine ecosystems. In the lesson presented in this article, students conduct investigations using…
Descriptors: Climate, Animals, Marine Education, Oceanography
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Zucker, Andrew; Noyce, Pendred; McCullough, Andrew – Science Teacher, 2020
The United States is currently experiencing its most severe measles outbreak in decades, driven in part by parents' belief that vaccines cause autism. That harmful misinformation is contrary to scientific evidence (DeStefano et al. 2013). The CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest multidisciplinary…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Public Opinion, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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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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Trautman, Nancy; Manker, Jeff; Mitchell, Kiandra; Kahler, Phil – Science Teacher, 2019
In the 1990s, classes throughout the United States began participating in Classroom FeederWatch, sending data on birds they had seen at feeders in their schoolyards to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The launch of eBird in 2002 opened up new possibilities for submitting data on all types of bird species, allowing users to record and upload…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Animals, Ornithology
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Luft, Julie A.; Whitworth, Brooke A. – Science Teacher, 2019
Science teachers need to consider how they want to grow professionally. Thinking about one's future involves identifying the knowledge, practices, and attributes needed in a new role. By using a framework such as the science education trajectory (SET), teachers can more easily consider their professional options and work strategically toward them.…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Role
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Allen, Kelli; Harron, Jason; Qadri, Syeda Ayesha – Science Teacher, 2019
Inquiry-based teaching aims to increase student engagement through the development of the hands-on, minds-on skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, needed for the 21st century (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills 2015). This approach respects the complexities of the learning process, values the knowledge and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Active Learning
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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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Cian, Heidi; Marshall, Jeff; Cook, Michelle – Science Teacher, 2019
The "Framework" (NRC 2012) and "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) require science teachers to think differently. Specifically, NGSS's performance expectations now require that three domains (disciplinary core ideas (DCI), crosscutting concepts (CCC), and scientific and engineering practices (SEP)) be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Standards, Science Teachers
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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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Countryman, Lyn – Science Teacher, 2019
There is clear scientific evidence linking climate change to human activity. Despite this, we still find numerous public figures claiming there is no climate change, or that climate change data is "fake news." Societal polarization around climate change (Worland 2017; Pernett 2017; McCright and Dunlap 2011) can provide students with…
Descriptors: Climate, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Data
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Tan, Verily; Crow, Leslie; Gibson, Audrey; Phillips, Cassie; Wray, Lisa; Reck, Cathrine – Science Teacher, 2019
The authors developed a lesson for teachers to integrate chemistry and culinary arts, providing students with an opportunity to participate in three-dimensional learning, engage in science and engineering practices, and apply disciplinary core content and crosscutting concepts (Krajcik et al. 2014). The project involved five classes: three…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cooking Instruction, Science Education, Engineering
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