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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Third -- Fifth Grade Students

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Release Date: 02/02/2021

NASA GLOBE Observer App show art NASA GLOBE Observer App

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I was recently reading the July/August 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “Learning on Location with NASA GLOBE Observer” GLOBE Observer, the app of the GLOBE Program, invites you to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations to help scientists studying Earth and the global environment.  The GLOBE Observer App has multiple data collection...

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The Chicken or the Egg? show art The Chicken or the Egg?

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I was recently reading the July/August 2021 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Science 101” written by Matt Bobrowsky.  Matt wrote an article entitled “Which Came First - the Chicken or the Egg?” This is one of those questions that people jokingly ask assuming there is no answer to it - like “If a tree falls in a forest….” In this podcast we realize how the methods of science can provide us with “egg-celent” answers to so many questions.

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The Great Sunflower Project show art The Great Sunflower Project

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I was recently reading the July/August 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “The Great Sunflower Project.” The Great Sunflower Project launched in 2008 to address questions about pollinator populations across varying habitats including urban, rural, and suburban landscapes.  The project has over 100,000 participants contributing to pollinator citizen science.  For more...

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Lesson Closures show art Lesson Closures

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I was recently reading the July/August 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Science For All” written by Kaitlyn McGlynn and Janey Kelly.  They wrote an article entitled “Wrapping It Up: Meaningful and Inclusive Lesson Closures to Recap the Day’s Learning.” Lesson closure provides a time for students to pause and ponder what they have just learned during the lesson as well as where their level of understanding currently lies.  They discuss their favorite lesson...

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Visual Literacy show art Visual Literacy

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I was recently reading the July/August 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.   In this issue, I read the section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by the editor, Patty McGinnis.  Patty wrote an article entitled “Visual Literacy.” Visual literacy can be defined as a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual media.

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What the 2020-2021 School Year Taught Us About Science Teaching and Learning show art What the 2020-2021 School Year Taught Us About Science Teaching and Learning

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Editor’s Corner” written by the editor, Ann Haley MacKenzie. Ann wrote an article entitled “What the 2020-2021 School Year Taught Us About Science Teaching and Learning.” The school year has drawn to a close, although many schools have extended learning into the summer to address the gaps in learning experienced this year due to

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What Color is the Sun? show art What Color is the Sun?

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Science 101” written by Matt Bobrowsky. Matt wrote an article entitled “What Color is the Sun?” The fact that the Sun is white is why we can see so many different colors in the outdoor world. If sunlight were purely green, then everything outside would look green or dark. We can see the redness of a cardinal and the blueness of a

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Digital Literacy show art Digital Literacy

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Editor’s Note” written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn. Elizabeth wrote an article entitled “Digital Literacy.” Digital Literacy, according to Cornell University, is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the internet.

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NOAA Satellites Predict and Protect show art NOAA Satellites Predict and Protect

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Scope on the Skies” written by Bob Riddle. Bob wrote an article entitled “Earth Watch.” The planet Earth is currently the only place where we can live, and just like our homes, classrooms, and local communities, there is a constant need for environmental awareness. This should highlight both the importance of thinking globally while deal

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Citizen Science: Conservation Cameras show art Citizen Science: Conservation Cameras

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I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  Jill wrote an article entitled “Conservation Cameras: From the Wild to Your Classroom.” The Zoological Society of London’s “Instant Wild” empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify.  For more information, please visit:

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The National Science Teaching Association in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council released the 2021 list of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students.  In this podcast we look at the 12 books recommended for Third through Fifth Grade Students.

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