K12Science

K12Science

The purpose of K12Science is to share ideas about science teaching for grades K-12 and beyond. K12Science is hosted by David Bydlowski, science educator in Michigan

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May 6, 2021 4 min

I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Career of the Month” written by Luba Vangelova.  Luba wrote an article entitled “Exploration Geologist Quinton Hennigh.”

Exploration geologists, also known as prospectors, look for new sources of mineral deposits.  They use a mix of geological, geophysical, and...

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I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “Accelerating Alzheimer’s Research with Stall Catchers.”

Stall Catchers, created by the Human Computation Institute at Cornell University, is an online citizen science game designed to spe...

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April 22, 2021 3 min

I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Commentary” written by Andrew Zucker.  Andrew wrote an article entitled “Teaching Scientific Literacy.”

Here are five themes to consider in order to promote scientific literacy:

  • Pay attention to the personal and societal contexts of science.
  • Relate scientific ...
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    I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Editor’s Corner” written by Ann Haley Mackenzie.  Ann wrote an article entitled “Technology and Scientific Habits of Mind.”

    The focus of her article was on the importance of curiosity, persistence and perseverance.  If we are too busy covering the content inste...

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    April 7, 2021 4 min

    I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Note” section, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  Elizabeth wrote an article entitled, “Culturally Responsive Teaching.”

    At the heart of Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching is a willingness to listen, reflect, and celebrate the richness that cultural...

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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Best STEM Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 7 books recommended for students in grades 6 - 8.

  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
  • Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature
  • Changing the Equation: 50&#...
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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Best STEM Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 7 books recommended for students in grades 3 - 5.

  • Ada Lovelace
  • Machines in Motion: The Amazing History of Transportation
  • Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea
  • Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics
  • “Smell...
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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Best STEM Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 5 books recommended for K-2 Students.

  • Gnu and Shrew
  • Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747
  • Mission to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Newton and Curie: The Science Squirrels
  • The Polio Pioneer
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    I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “The Return of the River Herring.”

    The Mystic River Herring Education Project is an online citizen science project with a user-friendly website full of information and resources.  To engage in th...

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    March 3, 2021 5 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Career of the Month” written by Luba Vangelova.  Luba wrote an article entitled “Entomologist Ary Faraji.”

    Entomologists study insects and may work for educational or research institutions, government agencies, private industry, and consulting.  Ary Faraji...

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    February 23, 2021 6 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Current Science Classroom” written by Chris Anderson.  Chris wrote an article entitled “Field Trips Last a Lifetime.”

    Nothing can replace the authenticity and impact of an in-person field experience for kids, however, until the public health and school fun...

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    February 20, 2021 5 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote an article entitled “A Window to the Wild.”

    “Instant Wild” is a Citizen Science project that brings you live images from cameras around the world.  Students can tag the animals to help conservation resear...

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    February 16, 2021 1 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “Science  & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read an article written by Matt Bobrowsky.  His article was entitled “Q: Can a Simple Engineering Project Be Used to Teach Some Science?.”

    Within the article, the author takes a quick look at the difference between science and engineering.  Science increases our knowled...

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    February 9, 2021 5 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “Science  & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read an article written by Ryan S. Nixon, Shannon L. Navy, Sarah Barnett, Marissa Johnson, and Delaney Larson.  Their article was entitled “Pinning and Planning: Five Tips for Using Pinterest to Teach Science.”

    Pinterest is an online resource that teachers seem to enjoy...

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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 12 books recommended for Third through Fifth Grade Students.

  • The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids: Homemade Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists Past and Present
  • Animal Homes
  • Audubon Birding Adve...
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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 9 books recommended for K-2 Students.

  • Nesting
  • The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine
  • If You Take Away the Otter
  • Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  • Packs: Strength in Numbers
  • What Do You D...
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    The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 12 books recommended for Middle School Students.

  • Condor Comeback
  • Exploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table
  • Old Enough to Save the Planet
  • Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution
  • Return From...
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    January 19, 2021 3 min

    I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk“ column written by Patty McGinnis.  Her article was entitled “Learning for All.”

    The changing demographics of our classrooms require differentiation strategies to ensure all students are working toward the performance expectations outlined in the ...

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    January 12, 2021 5 min

    I was recently reading the November/December 2020 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Career of the Month“ column written by Luba Vangelova.  Her article was entitled “Meteorologist.”

    Meteorology is a branch of atmospheric science.  It emphasizes the study of atmospheric chemistry and physics, with the aim of forecasting weather.  Maureen McCann i...

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    January 7, 2021 5 min

    I was recently reading the November/December 2020 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Corner“ column written by Ann Haley Mackenzie.  Her article was entitled “Why Science Teachers Must Employ Interdisciplinary Science Methods to Save the World.”

    Interdisciplinary science is when two disciplines come together to broaden the portrait of th...

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