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  • Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12

    Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12

    This book will provide you with the materials you need to start using argument-driven inquiry in biology lab instruction. It contains an introduction to the stages of this method--from question identification, data analysis, and argument development and evaluation to double-blind peer review and report revision. It also offers field-tested labs that cover molecules and organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution.

  • Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12

    Argument-Driven Inquiry in Chemistry: Lab Investigations for Grades 9-12

    Transform your chemistry labs with this guide to argument-driven inquiry. Designed to be much more authentic for instruction than traditional laboratory activities, the investigations in this book give high school students the opportunity to work the way scientists do. They learn to identify questions, develop models, collect and analyze data, generate arguments, and critique and revise their reports.

  • Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8

    Argument-Driven Inquiry in Life Science: Lab Investigations for Grades 6-8

    This book will help you bring the benefits of argument-driven inquiry to your middle school life science classes. It provides field-tested labs in four broad areas of life science--molecules and organisms, ecosystems, biological evolution, and heredity--to help your students learn how to read, write, speak, and use math in the context of science. The students will design their own method, develop models, collect and analyze data, an

  • Be a Winner!: A Science Teacher?s Guide to Writing Successful Grant Proposals

    Be a Winner!: A Science Teacher?s Guide to Writing Successful Grant Proposals

    This book takes you step by step through the writing process. You'll learn the top 10 reasons to write a grant proposal, how to identify and refine proposal ideas, the basic components of every proposal, the ins and outs of submitting a proposal, and how to manage a funded project.

  • Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher: Focusing on Student Thinking in Secondary Science

    Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher: Focusing on Student Thinking in Secondary Science

    This book offers a philosophical framework for understanding the beginnings of scientific thinking in high school students. It provides suggestions for how to use the case studies to practice recognizing, interpreting, and responding to the vital nuances of your own students' thinking in real time.

  • Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom

    Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom

    This book provides a comprehensive source of classroom-tested STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) investigations. It provides 36 lessons conveniently organized into grade-level bands grounded in science education research and designed to encourage learning across disciplines.

  • Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12

    Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12

    This book provides a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research--also known as citizen science. It is specifically designed to get you comfortable using citizen science to support independent inquiry through which your students can learn both content and process skills.

  • Creative Writing in Science: Activities That Inspire

    Creative Writing in Science: Activities That Inspire

    This classroom resource book features activities that integrate writing with content in life science, Earth and space sciences, and engineering and physical sciences for grades 3-12.

  • Diagnosis for Classroom Success, Teacher Edition: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive

    Diagnosis for Classroom Success, Teacher Edition: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive

    This book gets your students deeply involved in inquiry-based science as it acquaints them with major body systems, sickle cell anemia, HIV, pregnancy, and diabetes. This Teacher Edition (which includes the Student Edition) provides rubrics, answer keys, and prep tips to use before, during, and after the lessons.

  • Doing Good Science in Middle School: A Practical STEM Guide, Expanded 2nd ed.

    Doing Good Science in Middle School: A Practical STEM Guide, Expanded 2nd ed.

    The book contains big-picture concepts, such as how to understand middle school learners and explore the nature of science with them. It provides a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction.

  • Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children?s Books to Guide Inquiry, K?5

    Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children?s Books to Guide Inquiry, K?5

    The book provides teacher-friendly lessons, strong standards-based science content, and a kid-magnet formula that will get your students engrossed in science while they improve their reading skills.

  • Exemplary College Science Teaching

    Exemplary College Science Teaching

    The book provides inspiration to alter your teaching methods to match new standards and new times focusing exclusively on college science teaching. It offers 16 examples of college teaching that builds on what students learned in high school.

  • Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success

    Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success

    This book tells the stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.

  • Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Rev. 2nd ed.

    Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Rev. 2nd ed.

    This book provides an overview of current research on quality professional development and how it aligns with the National Science Education Standards. It includes fourteen professional development programs that provide real-life models of how to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach recommended by the Standards.

  • Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, ed. 2: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS

    Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, ed. 2: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS

    This book is designed to support instructors as they plan and implement NGSS-aligned lessons that will engage students with biology concepts that many find especially challenging.

  • Including Students with Disabilities in Advanced Science Classes

    Including Students with Disabilities in Advanced Science Classes

    This book helps teachers think of new ways to design instruction with individual needs in mind, find new and creative ways to manage lab experiments, overcome fears of behavioral flare-ups in the classroom, and become more confident when working with special education counterparts and the IEP team.

  • Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3-5

    Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3-5

    This book helps teachers blend literacy into elementary science instruction. It shows them how to teach science using a variety of nonfiction text sets (such as field guides, reference books, and narrative expository texts) and replace individual lessons with a learning-cycle format (including hands-on investigations, readings, directed discussion, and problem solving).

  • Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide

    Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide

    This book features activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put NGSS standards into practice in the classroom.

  • It?s Debatable!: Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K-12

    It?s Debatable!: Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K-12

    This book encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the understanding and thinking skills your students need to explore real-world questions.

  • Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development

    Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development

    This book highlights professional development models and approaches used by several states and districts to significantly improve teaching and learning in one or more areas of STEM education, with significant emphasis on science and, to a lesser degree, mathematics education.

  • NGSS for All Students

    NGSS for All Students

    This book portrays real teaching scenarios written by the teachers on the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) Diversity and Equity Team. The seven authentic case studies vividly illustrate research and standards-based classroom strategies you can use to engage diverse demographic groups.

  • Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers

    Once Upon an Earth Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers

    This book provides everything needed to boost students' skills in both science and reading. Starting with advice on teaching reading comprehension strategies to middle school students, it also provides hands-on science activities, readings that cover important earth science concepts and support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS),writing activities that prompt students to connect what they did with what they read, and asses

  • Problem-Based Learning in the Life Science Classroom, K?12

    Problem-Based Learning in the Life Science Classroom, K?12

    This book explores problem-based learning (PBL) in the life sciences curriculum. It shows how to engage students with scenarios that represent real-world science in the areas of life cycles, ecology, genetics, and cellular metabolism, and will prompt K-12 learners to work collaboratively on analyzing problems, asking questions, posing hypotheses, finding needed information, and then constructing a proposed solution.

  • Reimagining the Science Department

    Reimagining the Science Department

    This book invites the reader to reassess past and current practices in science departments and to rethink the future for teachers and students in their own science classrooms.

  • Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists

    Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists

    This guide is based on the constructivist view that makes students responsible for their own learning and aims to prepare both teachers and students for science fair success.

  • Science Learning in the Early Years: Activities for PreK-2

    Science Learning in the Early Years: Activities for PreK-2

    This book provides teachers with 40-plus classroom activities and an understanding of how to use them with young students.

  • Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies with Quantitative Reasoning in Biology

    Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies with Quantitative Reasoning in Biology

    This book features real case studies with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line to help teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens.

  • Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards

    Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards

    This book provides background, content, and practices sciences teachers need to implement the new standards at the K-5 level.

  • Scientific Argumentation in Biology: 30 Classroom Activities

    Scientific Argumentation in Biology: 30 Classroom Activities

    This resource will help teachers improve high school students' understanding of argumentation and evidence-based reasoning. It combines theory, practice, and biology content.

  • Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More

    Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More

    This book offers hands-on, inquiry-based activities on many aspects of solar astronomy. The activities cover the Sun's motions, space weather caused by the Sun, the measurement of time and seasons in our daily lives, and more.

  • Teaching Conceptual Understanding in Science

    Teaching Conceptual Understanding in Science

    This book explores where science education has been and where it's going. It emphasizes how knowing the history and nature of science can help educators engage in teaching for conceptual understanding and conceptual change, and stresses the importance of formative assessment.

  • Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K-12

    Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K-12

    This book offers the strategies and tools needed to help students understand energy as a concept.

  • The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments

    The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments

    This book will help you create more teachable moments in your classroom through the use of the five phases of the BCBS model: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. It also explores the historical idea of what can be considered instructional models and education research that supports them; explains how to connect the model to NGSS, STEM education, and 21st-century skills; and weaves a narrative that encompasses educatio

  • The Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (and You!) Make Sense of Data

    The Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (and You!) Make Sense of Data

    This book teaches you how to help your students understand data. In turn, they learn how to collect, summarize, and analyze statistics inside and outside the classroom. Provides an introduction to types of variables and data, ways to structure and interpret data tables, simple statistics, and survey basics from a student perspective.

  • The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    The book starts by putting STEM in context. The early chapters outline the challenges facing STEM education, draw lessons from the Sputnik moment of the 1950s and 1960s, and contrast contemporary STEM with other education reforms. The author then explores appropriate roles for the federal government as well as states, districts, and individual schools. Finally, the book offers several ideas you can use to develop actual action plans

  • The Feedback Loop: Using Formative Assessment Data for Science Teaching and Learning

    The Feedback Loop: Using Formative Assessment Data for Science Teaching and Learning

    Drawing on research-based findings and the experiences of both new and veteran classroom teachers, this guide offers practical ideas for middle and high school teachers, regardless of discipline. The first chapters introduce the Feedback Loop framework; highlight the four elements of goals, tools, data, and inferences; and explore how to close the loop by connecting inferences and goals through feedback. Later chapters show how to u

  • The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, Elementary School

    The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, Elementary School

    This guide provides 'cheat sheets' and other tools to assist science educators with the implementation of NGSS, including appropriate performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science.

  • The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, High School

    The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, High School

    This guide provides performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science. It is designed to be used with the NGSS.

  • The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12

    The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12

    This guide provides performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science. It is designed to be used with the NGSS.

  • The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, Middle School

    The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, Middle School

    This guide provides performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science. It is designed to be used with the NGSS.

  • The NSTA Readers Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education, ed. 2: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

    The NSTA Readers Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education, ed. 2: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

    Unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework for K-12 Science Education--scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline--allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors, and others to more easily grasp how the NGSS differ from previous standards. Includes essays by key leaders in science education, each further explaining the Framework.

  • The NSTA Readers Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

    The NSTA Readers Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards

    This guide offers teachers, principals, district and state administrators -- anyone with a vested interest in improving the quality of science education -- tools needed to absorb the new standards and begin to implement them into classroom practices.

  • The New Science Teachers Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching

    The New Science Teachers Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching

    In this book, you will learn 12 specific steps that will help you on your way to becoming a skilled classroom teacher. Includes actual experiences that happened within one of the authors' classrooms, what the authors learned from the experiences, multiple solutions you can choose from to fit your concerns and school environment, how the classroom looks after implementing the steps for success, and resources you can turn to if you wa

  • The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations

    The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations

    This book takes questioning in the K-6 classroom to a new level while emphasizing the interconnected nature of instruction. Instead of having your students look for the answer, you allow them to raise other questions as they investigate the topic further.

  • Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

    Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

    This book provides essential guidance for everyone from teachers to school administrators to district and state science coordinators. It includes an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with examples of the standards translated to classroom instruction in elementary, middle, and high school, and assistance in adapting current units of instruction to align with the standards.

  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes

    Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes

    This book offers 32 engaging questions, or probes, that can reveal what your students already know--or think they know--about core Earth and environmental science concepts. Armed with those insights, you can use the probes' teacher notes to adjust your approach and present the science in grade-appropriate ways so students will learn the content accurately.

  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science: 39 New Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes

    Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science: 39 New Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes

    This book offers 39 new formative assessment probes, with a focus on electric charge, electric current, and magnets and electromagnetism. It can help you do everything from demystify electromagnetic fields to explain the real reason balloons stick to the wall after you rub them on your hair.

  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K?2

    Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K?2

    This book offers 8 life science probes, 11 physical science probes, and 6 Earth and space science probes that target K-2 disciplinary core ideas.

  • Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3?5: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 3?5: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    This book offers 30 experiments to let your elementary school students explore a variety of phenomena involved with speed, friction and air resistance, gravity, air pressure, electricity, electric circuits, magnetism, and energy.

  • Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6?8: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6?8: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    This book offers 35 experiments covering topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, and buoyancy.

  • Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9?12: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9?12: Phenomenon-Based Learning

    This book offers 54 experiments to encourage your high school students to explore a variety of phenomena involved with pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, buoyancy, two-dimensional motion, angular momentum, magnetism, and electromagnetic induction.

  • What Are They Thinking?: Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment

    What Are They Thinking?: Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment

    This book will help draw out and then recognize what students know--or think they know--about the natural world. It provides easy-to-grasp explanations and advice that tell how to encourage evidence-based discussion and then monitor students' understanding.