The Science Teacher

The monthly magazine of the National Science Teachers Association. Articles cover innovations in science and science teaching methods.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 4, April-May

Blending Language Learning with Science: With Purposeful Planning, Teachers Can Reach All Students with the Dual Goals of Language Development and Scientific Inquiry
Nearly 10% of American students are identified as "Limited English Proficient" (NCELA 2011). To serve this diverse population of English Language Learners (ELLs), teachers need proven instructional strategies. One prevalent approach is sheltered instruction,...
Closing the Gap: Laboratory Experiences, and Not Just Textbooks, Are the Best Way to Provide Equal Learning Opportunities for All
Aristotle assumed that men have more teeth than women (Aristotle, Peck [translator] 1965). Nowadays, experimental evidence is so ingrained in our modern world view that we can hardly understand why he didn't count someone's teeth--gathering evidence--before...
Editor's Corner
Science for All This issue of The Science Teacher (TST) marks our 18th consecutive annual spring issue devoted to the theme of "Science for All." It serves as an umbrella for ideas and strategies to narrow the academic achievement gaps associated...
Food Revolution: Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch
By Dana Meachen Rau. $25.49. 64 pp. Compass Point Books. Minneapolis, MN. 2012. ISBN: 9780756545222. Many middle and high school students consider challenging themselves to adopt a diet not centered on animals. This simple and informative book can...
Headline Science
Bioengineered Ears Look and Act Real Physicians at Weill Cornell Medical College and biomedical engineers at Cornell University have succeeded in building a facsimile of a living human ear that looks and acts like a natural ear. Researchers believe...
Health Wise
Concussion ABCs Concussions are a hot-button topic for the National Football League. Considering that 55.5% of high school students participate in athletics (NFHS 2012), concussions are of concern to many high school students as well. Risk factors...
Powerful Learning Tools for Ells: Using Native Language, Familiar Examples, and Concept Mapping to Teach English Language Learners
English language learners (ELLs) struggle with science vocabulary every day. Unlike most native English speakers who have learned at least 12,000 words by high school (Nagy and Anderson 1984; Nation 2006), high school-age ELLs are just beginning their...
Reaching the Next Stephen Hawking: Five Ways to Help Students with Disabilities in Advanced Placement Science Classes
As the federal government encourages all students to attempt advanced math and science courses, more students with disabilities are enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) science classes. AP science teachers can better serve these students by understanding...
Safer Science
SDS: Step One to Safety A revision last year in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) included adopting the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format is...
Science 2.0
Paper Slide Videos Last month, we wrote about Lodge McCammon's FIZZ approach to flipping the classroom (see "On the web"), in which students watch video lectures as homework, freeing up class time for other activities. This month, we explore a related...
The Green Room
Genetically Modified Crops Genetic engineering involves manipulating an organism's genetic material, often by inserting genetic material from another organism of a different species. The resulting genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
Your First Conference One of the highlights of my first year teaching was attending my first NSTA national conference. I lucked out: The conference was in the Boston Convention Center, just a few subway stops from where I lived. I remember the awe...
The Next Generation Science Standards and the Earth and Space Sciences: The Important Features of Earth and Space Science Standards for Elementary, Middle, and High School Levels
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), due to be released this spring, represents a revolutionary step toward establishing modern, national K-12 science education standards. Based on the recommendations of the National Research Council's A Framework...
The Stratigraphic Sandwich: An Inquiry-Based Lesson on Geologic Principles
Science is full of rich vocabulary. But the same terms that provide explanatory power to the discipline can also be a barrier to students' understanding of scientific concepts. Crowther et al. (2011) present a three[begin strikethrough]-[end strikethrough]tiered...
Try This Tops Idea!
Make a slide rule ... adapted from FAR OUT MATH #43 by TOPS Learning Systems 1. Fold notebook paper in fourths. Cut off the lower quarters and fold them in half vertically. 2. Tape the strips, folded edges together, on your table. Number the...
USA Today Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorders
By Ana Maria Rodriguez. $34.60. 128 pp. Lerner Publications Co. Minneapolis, MN. 2011. ISBN: 9780761358831. Using articles from the USA Today archives, the author offers readers an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of autism...
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