The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 4, April-May

A Brick and Mortar Approach: Scaffolding Use of Specific Science Language Structures for First-Year English Language Learners
Literacy skills are critical for building science knowledge. For English Language Learners (ELLs)--the fastest growing population in U.S. schools (Goldenberg 2008)--learning English compounds the challenge of learning complex science concepts. This...
A Brick and Mortar Approach: Scaffolding Use of Specific Science Language Structures for First-Year English Language Learners
Literacy skills are critical for building science knowledge. For English Language Learners (ELLs)--the fastest growing population in U.S. schools (Goldenberg 2008)--learning English compounds the challenge of learning complex science concepts. This...
A Reading Comprehension Strategy Using the Discourse of Science
John D'Alessandro, Tim Sorensen, Bradley Homoelle, and Tony Hodun "A Discourse is a characteristic way of saying, doing, and being." -Gee 2011, p. 30 Reading is critical for scientific thinking. It is a foundation for many of the skills in which...
A Reading Comprehension Strategy Using the Discourse of Science
"A Discourse is a characteristic way of saying, doing, and being."--Gee 2011, p. 30 Reading is critical for scientific thinking. It is a foundation for many of the skills in which scientists and engineers must be proficient, such as conducting research,...
Beyond "Hitting the Books": Teaching Science Students Strategies for Studying Independently
Scientists, science teachers, and serious students recognize that success in science classes requires consistent practice--including study at home. Whether balancing chemical equations, calculating angular momentum, or memorizing the steps of cell...
Beyond: "Hitting the Books": Teaching Science Students Strategies for Studying Independently
Scientists, science teachers, and serious students recognize that success in science classes requires consistent practice--including study at home. Whether balancing chemical equations, calculating angular momentum, or memorizing the steps of cell...
Call for Papers
The Science Teacher (TST) is seeking manuscripts that describe new and creative ideas for the secondary science classroom. Manuscripts should provide worthwhile ideas and practical help for teachers as they relate to the themes listed below. TST also...
Call for Papers: The Science Teacher (TST) Is Seeking Manuscripts That Describe New and Creative Ideas for the Secondary Science Classroom. Manuscripts Should Provide Worthwhile Ideas and Practical Help for Teachers as They Relate to the Themes Listed below. TST Also Always Encourages Manuscripts outside of the Listed Themes
Analyzing and Interpreting Data SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 15, 2014 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Scientists and engineers organize and interpret data to bring out their meaning and relevance. The Next Generation Science Standards identify "Analyzing...
Career of the Month
Luba Vangelova Work overview. I'm working on several projects involving how snow reflects sunlight. One study looks at how soot from forest fires, dust from storms, and different sizes of snow grains affect this reflection across Greenland. In...
Career of the Month: April/May 2014, Based on Interviews with Professionals Using Science in the Workplace
Work overview. I'm working on several projects involving how snow reflects sunlight. One study looks at how soot from forest fires, dust from storms, and different sizes of snow grains affect this reflection across Greenland. In 2012, the surface...
Choose Controversies Wisely: When Teaching Scientific Argumentation, Selecting the Wrong Topic Can Impair-Rather Than Increase-Student Understanding
Articles in last summer's issue of The Science Teacher (introduced by Metz 2013), and other articles like them, tout the benefits of using scientific argumentation in teaching scientific inquiry. As science education professor Jonathan Osborne says:...
Clovis Boy Confirms Origins of First Americans
The first genome sequencing of the Ice Age skeletal remains of a one-year-old boy has given scientists definitive proof that the first human settlers in North America were from Asia and not Europe, and that these people were the direct ancestors of...
Commentary
Choose Controversies Wisely When teaching scientific argumentation, selecting the wrong topic can impair--rather than increase--student understanding Articles in last summer's issue of The Science Teacher (introduced by Metz 2013), and other...
Editor's Corner
Steve Metz Science for All This issue of The Science Teacher (TST) marks our 19th consecutive spring issue devoted to "Science for All." This annual theme serves as an umbrella for ideas and strategies to narrow the academic achievement gaps...
Headline Science
African Forest Elephants Still Declining [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New data from the field in Central Africa shows that between 2002 and 2013, 65% of forest elephants were killed. They are being poached for their ivory at a rate of 9% per year....
Health Wise
Reducing Stress By Improving Study Skills Nearly 40% of parents say high school is stressful for their children, according to a recent survey. The Education and Health in Schools survey (NPR, RWJF, and HSPH 2013) polled 1,368 parents or guardians...
Health Wise: April/May 2014, Helping Students Make Healthy Choices
Reducing Stress By Improving Study Skills Nearly 40% of parents say high school is stressful for their children, according to a recent survey. The Education and Health in Schools survey (NPR, RWJF, and HSPH 2013) polled 1,368 parents or guardians...
Juggling Sheds Light on How We Run
Juggling may seem like mere entertainment, but a study led by Johns Hopkins engineers used this circus skill to gather critical clues about how vision and the sense of touch help control the way humans and animals move their limbs in a repetitive way,...
Leveling Up: Addressing ELLs' Language Proficiencies and Cognitive Abilities in Science Classrooms
Nazan Bautista Many teachers are unprepared to help the growing numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools achieve the content learning expectations for their grade level (de Jong and Harper 2005). A national survey reports that...
Leveling Up: Addressing ELLs' Language Proficiencies and Cognitive Abilities in Science Classrooms
Many teachers are unprepared to help the growing numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools achieve the content learning expectations for their grade level (de Jong and Harper 2005). A national survey reports that 42% of mainstream...
OnScreen Gene Transcription, DNA Model, and DNA Replication Apps
By OnScreen Science. $3.99 per app. OnScreen Science. Somerville, MA. 2013. This review looks at three apps, one at a time, all offered by OnScreen Science. The apps can be run on tablets or smart-phones and connected to a projector for classroom...
OnScreen Gene Transcription, DNA Model, and DNA Replication Apps
By OnScreen Science. $3.99 per app. OnScreen Science. Somerville, MA. 2013. This review looks at three apps, one at a time, all offered by OnScreen Science. The apps can be run on tablets or smart-phones and connected to a projector for classroom...
Safer Science
Ken Roy Eyewash Stations and Showers in the Lab A high school science teacher was concerned about the lack of an eyewash station and shower in her science lab. The Safety Data Sheets provided with the hazardous chemicals she planned to use called...
Safer Science: April/May 2014, Best Practices for Safety Issues in the Science Classroom and Laboratory
Eyewash Stations and Showers in the Lab [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A high school science teacher was concerned about the lack of an eyewash station and shower in her science lab. The Safety Data Sheets provided with the hazardous chemicals she planned...
Science 2.0
Teaching STEM with a 3D Printer If students aboard the starship Enterprise were studying the organelles of a cell during a biology lesson, they might use the "replicator" to actually build a large model of a cell in three dimensions. That sure beats...
The Focus Microscope Camera
While microscopes may open up dazzling possibilities for teachers to provide new understandings of the physical world, many science students often view microscopes with less enthusiasm. These youngsters have to set up slides, huddle around a limited...
The Focus Microscope Camera
Specifications Manufacturer: Exo Labs Inc. Price: $494 (discount available for classroom sets) Website: www.exolabs.com Grade level: 6-College While microscopes may open up dazzling possibilities for teachers to provide new understandings...
The Green Room
Pests and Pesticides As prime gardening season arrives, many of us go to combat with garden pests. Aphids, slugs, tomato hornworms-all have attacked my garden. So, what is a pest? Agricultural pests are any undesirable organisms that compete with...
The Green Room
Pests and Pesticides As prime gardening season arrives, many of us go to combat with garden pests. Aphids, slugs, tomato hornworms--all have attacked my garden. So, what is a pest? Agricultural pests are any undesirable organisms that compete with...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
Tic-Tac-Toe: An Experiment in Student Choice As a new teacher, you're constantly bombarded with new ideas. Colleagues suggest strategies they may have tried, and journals like this one provide a stream of fresh activities. Even veterans consistently...
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Upstream Downstream: A Water-Quality Investigation
In our increasingly digital world, students are often disconnected from the natural environment and may not understand how human actions affect it. One of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems is water pollution. Measuring the water quality...
Upstream Downstream: A-Water-Quality Investigation
In our increasingly digital world, students are often disconnected from the natural environment and may not understand how human actions affect it. One of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems is water pollution. Measuring the water quality...
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