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The PocketLab Air Sensor

Introduction The PocketLab Air Sensor is a fantastic tool for investigating the validity of fluctuations in climate and air pollution in your own community.  As a result, teachers can offer students an instrument to measure what’s in the air  (i.e., CO2, … Continue reading

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Phenomena-driven Instruction in the Elementary Classroom: A Lot Like Herding Cats?

Guest blog post by Jen Brown-Whale An experienced cat herder has the knowledge and skill that comes with time and practice so that the management of their feline flock is not so much like, well, you know, herding cats. What … Continue reading

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Encouraging Students to Engage in Argument With Evidence by Michelle Monk

When I first began to shift my curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards, I was a bit overwhelmed! And frankly, I am still overwhelmed on some days when I work with my students to support their productive struggle … Continue reading

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Arguing From Evidence to Discover the ‘Why’ by Rebecca Schumacher

In my science classroom, students look at evidence all the time. Sometimes it is in photos or videos; sometimes in charts and graphs; and sometimes we generate our own data through investigations. A more traditional approach previously used is asking … Continue reading

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Why aren’t you talking?!

I’ve been having trouble getting students willing to talk, answer questions, or share their ideas in class. What strategies/activities do you use to help kids feel more comfortable talking and sharing in your class? —C., Arizona There are few things … Continue reading

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PITSCO Hot-Air Balloons

The “Zoon Hot-Air Balloons Getting Started Package” contains all the materials necessary for a class of 30 students to construct and launch their own hot air balloons. The kit is designed for students in Grades 3-12 and is user friendly. … Continue reading

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