Ideas and info from NSTA's November K-12 journals

Each of the K-12 journals this month includes Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom with suggestions on how to integrate Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and CroEarath ss-Cutting Concepts into our teaching. “None of the dimensions can be used in isolation; they work together so that students can build a deeper understanding as they grapple with making sense of a phenomenon or finding solutions to problems.” A must read!

Science Scope – Earth Science Activities

It’s not hard to get middle school students into the Earth Sciences, making connections with the topics and their own lives! Each featured article this month has a full-page description of how the lesson aligns with the NGSS middle school standards.

The November issue of The Science Teacher has a Safety Acknowledgment Form for Earth Science.

Here are some SciLinks with content information and suggestions for additional activities and investigations related to this month’s featured articles: Acid Water, Astrobiology, Geologic Time, Glaciers, Hot Spots/Volcanoes, Life on Other Planets, Ocean Currents, Ocean Waves, Polar Climates, Polar Marine Ecosystems, Plate Tectonics, Properties of Ocean Water, Reptiles, Rock Cycle, Space Exploration, Volcanic Eruptions, Volcanic Features.

Continue for The Science Teacher and Science and Children.

The Science Teacher — Citizen Science

“Citizen science harnesses the power of people [including students] by crowdsourcing data collection and analysis.”  21st-Century Citizen Science provides a rationale for this type of global awareness and interactions, as students engage in authentic research. (Career of the Month: Citizen Scientist (and Research Chemist) describes how a chemist became a butterfly advocate.)

  • Hummingbird Citizen Science — Students collect, organize, and analyze data on hummingbird feeding and other behaviors, contributing the local data to a large-scale project. There are suggestions on how this type of project can be integrated with general biology and connect to the NGSS.
  • Start a Science Club — Establish a science club that engages students through partnerships with local organizations and a service-learning
    component.
  • Sewing Up Science — Students explore electronic circuitry and create new products with e-textiles. 
  • No Blue Ribbon The authors provide 5 critiques of traditional science fairs and 2 suggestions for alternatives that engage students in citizen science and engineering design. 
  • The Green Room: Keeping Soils Fertile — Increase students’ awareness of the science behind the “Green Revolution.”

Here are some SciLinks with content information and suggestions for additional activities and investigations related to this month’s featured articles: Characteristics of Birds, Compost, Electronic Circuits, Pollination, Science Fair, Soil Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Science and Children — Writing in Science

“Science and engineering include specialized ways of talking and writing,” and learning how to communicate the findings of investigations and the results of design projects is essential. As the article in this issue demonstrate, it’s never to early to get children thinking and communicating as scientists or engineers.

Here are some SciLinks with content information and suggestions for additional activities and investigations related to this month’s featured articles: Composting, Invertebrates, Light and Color, Rocks, Sound, States of Matter, Whales, Worms.

 

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