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Release Date: 10/12/2022

2023 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Middle School Students show art 2023 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Middle School Students

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I was recently reading the January/February 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read an article on the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students in 2023.  Here are the 7 books selected as outstanding for middle school students: Antarctica: A Melting Continent Oceanarium: Welcome to the Museum Salmon: Swimming for Survival The Code Breaker — Young Readers Edition: Jennifer Doudna and the Race to Understand Our Genetic Code Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife...

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Ecosystem Dynamics show art Ecosystem Dynamics

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I was recently reading the January/February 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” column, written by Patti McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “Ecosystem Dynamics.”   A healthy ecosystem can be defined as one that “has the ability to maintain its structure and function over time in the face of external stress.”  Managing ecosystems in a manner that creates resilience and long-term sustainability is more crucial than ever. ...

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Demonstrations show art Demonstrations

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Methods and Strategies” column, written by Christopher Roemmele, Steven Smith, Sarah Nern, Brett Criswell, and Miss Holzer.  They wrote an article entitled, “Don’t Forget the Demo.”   Demonstrations are defined as the manipulation of materials and equipment for learners to observe one or more aspects of scientific principles or phenomena, providing students with the opportunity...

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Geologist show art Geologist

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Career of the Month” column, written by Luba Vangelova.  She wrote a column entitled, “Geologist.”   Geologists study the Earth and the forces that shape its solid, liquid, and gaseous components.  The article featured Michael Loso, the park geologist at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Copper Center, Alaska.

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Environmental Justice show art Environmental Justice

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Idea Bank” column, written by Fatemeh Mirghassemi.  She wrote a column entitled, “Getting to the STEM of Environmental Justice: Equity Causes Enrich Student Learning in Science Classrooms.”  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice as “…the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income,...

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5E Learning Cycle show art 5E Learning Cycle

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Corner” column, written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  She wrote a column entitled, “Direct Instruction: A Healthy Place for Both Science Teachers and Students?”   Direct instruction doesn’t always work.  What we know about human learning is that students need exposure to a concept at least five or six times before they can begin to move it into long term...

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5E Learning Cycle show art 5E Learning Cycle

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Corner” column, written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  She wrote a column entitled, “Direct Instruction: A Healthy Place for Both Science Teachers and Students?”   Direct instruction doesn’t always work.  What we know about human learning is that students need exposure to a concept at least five or six times before they can begin to move it into long term...

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Mars On Earth show art Mars On Earth

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Scope on the Skies” column, written by Bob Riddle.  He wrote a column entitled, “Where on Earth is Mars.”   The day is coming when a crewed mission sets down on Mars and becomes the second group of humans to be “boots” on another world.  The first group consisted of Apollo 12 astronauts who landed and returned from our Moon.  However, getting to Mars is more of a...

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Sknowledge (Snow Knowledge) show art Sknowledge (Snow Knowledge)

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” column, written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote a column entitled, “Get in the “Sknow” for Science!”  The Sknowledge project was formed around the natural curiosity that studnts have for the outdoors and the snow.  The project goal is to help scientists ground truth winter weather data, one snowball at a time by measuring snow depth, air temperature, and cloud cover,...

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Three-Dimensional Learning show art Three-Dimensional Learning

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I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” column, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “Three-Dimensional Learning.”  The Next Generation Science Standards call for three-dimensional learning, or the intentional integration of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific and engineering practices.

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I was recently reading the September/October 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Science 101 column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote a column entitled, “Do You Have a Weather-Related Activity That My Students Would Enjoy?”  

In this column, Matt addressed two topics:  Air Pressure and Barometers.  This lead me to do a two-part podcast series.  The previous podcast looked at the topic of air pressure and how it can be explained to students and this podcast will deal with the tool that measures air pressure - barometers.  The air that surrounds us and surrounds the Earth is called air pressure.  So, the pressure in the air surrounding us is called atmospheric pressure.  An instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure is called a barometer.