Successfully Scaffolding the Experimental Design Process

NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices Teaching Strategies and Tips

Many teachers struggle with successfully scaffolding the experimental design process. It took me a long time to give up control and correctly set the scene for students to be successful when designing experiments. Here are a few tips to help make sure that your inquiry activities are successful. 1. Make sure your inquiry activity should …

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Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Biology Developing and Using Models Fifth Grade Grade Level High School Middle School Uncategorized

In January, I did the Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration activity created by the California Academy of Sciences.   For the full activity, visit their website here. I first saw this activity demonstrated at the California Science Teachers Association Conference back in October.  Students use ping bong balls to represent atoms and egg cartons to hold …

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Patterns in the Sun’s Position: An Investigation For First Graders

Earth and Space Sciences Elementary Science First Grade Recognizing and Using Patterns

This morning my daughter and I investigated patterns in the sun’s position.  My daughter, B, is a first grader this year. I have started to write some NGSS curriculum for first grade.  I really would like to see more time spent on science in lower elementary grades.  That means  teachers need easy to follow lessons …

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Using PhET Simulations in Your NGSS Classroom

Developing and Using Models Google Apps NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices

I can recommend using PhET Simulations in your NGSS classroom enough.  Phet Simulations are a free and valuable tool that is available and easy to use with Chromebooks. Types of Models One of the Science and Engineering Practices that are are highlighted in the NGSS is Developing and Using Models. diagrams drawings physical replicas mathematical representations …

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