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Davis, Amanda; Gray, Ron – Science Teacher, 2018
December 26, 2004 was one of the deadliest days in modern history, when a 9.3 magnitude earthquake--the third largest ever recorded--struck off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia (National Centers for Environmental Information 2014). The massive quake lasted at least 10 minutes and devastated the Indian Ocean. The quake displaced an estimated…
Descriptors: Seismology, Foreign Countries, Natural Disasters, High School Students
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Bjorn, Genevive – Science Teacher, 2018
In the author's large, urban high school, enrollment in a laboratory science is mandatory. While the student participation rate for lab activities is over 98%, the turn-in rate for traditional lab reports averages just 35% to 85%. Those students who don't produce a lab report miss a critical opportunity to improve their skills in scientific…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Intervention
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Caraballo, Tami; Crowther, Gregory – Science Teacher, 2018
The Idea Bank column provides tips and techniques for creative teaching, in about 1,000 words. As students use increasingly diverse internet sources, it becomes hard to tell whether their answers are truly original. A general solution to this dilemma is to ask students to present information in a format that they are unlikely to encounter in books…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Teaching Methods, Information Literacy, Information Skills
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Nagle, Corey; Pecore, John – Science Teacher, 2018
Land use and development are complex issues rooted in ecology and environmental science as well as in politics and economics. This complexity lends itself to a problem-based learning (PBL) lesson for environmental science students. In the lesson described in this article, students investigated developing a city-owned, 13-acre site where a shopping…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Science Education, Problem Based Learning, Land Use
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Dzurick, Alex – Science Teacher, 2018
A nationwide study (Kosciw et al. 2016) reveals a troubling truth: More than 80% of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) have experienced verbal or physical harassment at school and reported higher absenteeism and lower grades due to this harassment. Even more troubling: Many of these students (about 60%) reported…
Descriptors: Bullying, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Sex Role
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Souders, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2018
Protein synthesis, involving such abstract concepts as "DNA," "RNA," "transcription," and "translation," is one of many biological processes too small to be seen by the naked eye. This combination of scientific jargon and sub-microscopic elements can make biology seem overwhelming to any student--but…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Genetics, Teaching Methods, English Language Learners
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Bernard, Rachel; Henegan, Colleen – Science Teacher, 2018
For many students, the first--and sometimes only--chance to look through a microscope is in high school biology class, where they observe plant and animal cells up close. Even in college, few students use a microscope for a subject other than biology. Thus, it can be a surprise to learn that microscopes are a primary tool used to understand the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Biology
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Stoeckel, Marta R. – Science Teacher, 2018
Along-standing energy lab involves dropping bouncy balls and measuring their rebound heights on successive bounces. The lab demonstrates a situation in which the mechanical energy of a system is not conserved. Although students enjoyed the lab, the author wanted to deepen their thinking about energy, including the connections to motion, with a new…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Peffley, Nicole – Science Teacher, 2018
This inquiry-based lesson gets students moving to simulate chemical reactions in a way that allows them to visualize, understand, and retain information about chemical reactions in the stratosphere. Students then look at scientific data and conduct research to understand trends in the data and the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). These…
Descriptors: Science Education, Chemistry, Radiation, Science Activities
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Miller, Kurtz – Science Teacher, 2018
This article describes a grantmanship framework for high school science educators. The scenario described illustrates the importance of grant writing in an era of increased school accountability and tightened purse strings. The framework presented can be used for most STEM-related projects and can guide educators toward high-quality instruction…
Descriptors: Grantsmanship, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, STEM Education
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Jackson, Julie – Science Teacher, 2018
Word walls visually display important vocabulary covered during class. Although teachers have often been encouraged to post word walls in their classrooms, little information is available to guide them. This article describes steps science teachers can follow to transform traditional word walls into interactive teaching tools. It also describes a…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists, Visual Aids
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King, Natalie S.; Wade-Jaimes, Katherine; Morgan, Patricia Dunac – Science Teacher, 2018
This article describes how teachers can turn their class into a STEM exploration hub where students engage with real-life scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Within this space, students have opportunities to connect "Next Generation Science Standards"-aligned learning targets with potential STEM career choices. Using the 7E…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Professional Personnel, Career Choice, Genetics
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Ylizarde, Natalie Harr; Kiorpes, Lolita Cariaso – Science Teacher, 2018
Climate change is complex, requiring critical thinking on both local and global scales. Its effects vary dramatically around the world and require new strategies to help students grasp its complexity, scale, and interrelatedness. This article describes a project to help biology students think critically about climate change from a global…
Descriptors: Climate, Change, Environmental Education, Science Instruction
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Dani, Danielle; Hallman-Thrasher, Allyson; Litchfield, Erin – Science Teacher, 2018
One way to probe students' misconceptions about science during instruction is by using formative assessments. Described as assessments "for" learning rather than assessments "of" learning (Black and Wiliam 1998), they provide teachers with information about student understanding during instruction. Examples of formative…
Descriptors: Cues, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Swanson, Lauren; Vernon, Heather; Bauer, Christina – Science Teacher, 2018
Understanding how scientific conclusions are drawn from data is central to learning about the nature of science. Many students struggle with aspects of reasoning from data, including identifying relationships among variables, interpreting graphs, coordinating theory and evidence, and not allowing personal beliefs to outweigh the data when forming…
Descriptors: Data Interpretation, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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