Five Ways to Help Your Students Create Better Models

Developing and Using Models NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices

Now that we have had a preliminary discussion about models (click here to review the post!) in an NGSS aligned classroom it’s time to discuss helping your students create better models.  Here are my top 5 ways to help your students create better models in your classroom. 1. Ask students to focus on the seen and …

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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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Using PhET Simulations in Your NGSS Classroom

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

I can’t 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 or other devices.  PhET simulations can be used as a type of model by students in upper elementary through high school Types of Models Developing and Using …

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