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Online Connections: Science Scope

July-August 2021

Under the Sea

Using Big Data to Understand the History of Planet Earth

Green Plants, Red Glow

Going Viral

The “Magic” of Density

Modeling Magnetism With the Floating Paper Clip

March-April 2021

Teaching Nature of Science Concepts

Ecototherm ER

An Unforgettable Journey

Transforming Local Spaces

Some Like It Hot


Using Science-Themed Fiction Chapter Books

Small-Group Work in the Online Science Classroom


January-February 2021

Practical Research 

The Molecules That Make Me Unique 

Walking the Slope 

The Moon’s Inclined Orbital Plane 

November-December 2020

Interdisciplinary Ideas 

Moving Continents

Multimodal Text Sets

Fact or Fiction

Chimborazo: Then and Now

Self-Donning Sterile Gloves

September/October 2020

The Online Teacher

Case Studies in Environmental Justice

Community LEAD-ers

Integrating the Five Practices and Model-Based Inquiry

Mapping Stakeholders

Why Does the Moon Look Like That Again?

Teachers Toolkit

July/August 2020

Illuminating the Universe

Exploring Earth Geoscience Processes

Learning Business Economics and Fermentation

Flight of the Bumblebee

Integrating Technology

April/May 2020

Planting 3D Instruction in Your Classroom

Earthworm Distribution in the Schoolyard Ecosystem

Army Ants and Their Guests

Finding Team Clean


March 2020

Making in the Middle

Start with Art

Teacher's Toolkit

February 2020

STEMonstrations Aboard the International Space Station

Lentil Beans and the Milky Way

Atoms and Matter

Energy Museum Walk

January 2020

Superhero Physics

Synthesizing Geologic Data into an Argument for Plate Tectonic Theory

Visualizing the Environmental Effects of Electronics

November 2019

Making in the Middle

Interdisciplinary Ideas

Integrating Tech

Blended Learning in the Science Classroom

October 2019

Classic Lessons 2.0

Let's Be Litter Free

Student-Driven Citizen Science

Sustainable Forest Management

The War Over Water Continues

September 2019

Science-Based Serendipitous Events

Teacher's Toolkit

Teaching Natural Selection Ambitiously

A Particle Model for Density

August 2019

Developing a Highway Crash Safety Barrier

Petroleum and Me

Keeping Critical Thinking Afloat

July 2019

Dairy Discoveries

Creating Culturally Relevant Science Stories

Find Your Future in a Living Science Career

Engineering a Windowsill Hydroponics System to Grow Lettuce


Balancing egg on salt:

Hard-boiled egg spinning:

Hard-boiled egg stopped:

Raw egg stopped, then spins again:

Yolk being removed from whites:

Yolk placed in separate location:

April/May 2019

Teacher to Teacher

Teacher's Toolkit

Citizen Science

March 2019

The Science Project Portfolio

Ride the Movies

Turning Tests into Tasks

Making in the Middle

February 2019

Is Our Water Safe to Drink?

Making in the Middle

Cougars and Bears and Wolves, Oh Elk!

Using Storylines to Support Three-Dimensional Learning in Project-Based Science

Teacher's Toolkit

January 2019

Ocean Acidification Investigation

The Microscopic World of Plankton

Staying Fit in Space

Ocean Pressure

Practical Research

November/December 2018

Science for All

Astronomy That Makes Sense

Bottle Flipping

Demolishing Traditional Approaches to Science Instruction

Deriving Ohm's Law Using a Guided-Inquiry Investigation

Teacher's Toolkit


Bottle on bill:

Bottle, bill, coins:

October 2018

Making in the Middle

Teacher's Toolkit

Outlining Informational Text


Removing an egg:

September 2018

Classroom-scale Experiments with Application to the Global Cycle of Water and Energy

Getting Beneath the Surface

When Air Masses Collide!

National Parks Investigation

Integrating Technology

Classic Lessons

August 2018

Teacher to Teacher

Inspiring Student-Driven Observations

The Temperature-Sensing Lunchbox

Connect-the-Engineer Activity

Illuminating Food Webs

July 2018

Teacher to Teacher

Where Does a Tree Get Its Mass?

How Will We Freeze the Ice Cream?

Making Mixtures

April/May 2018

What Kind of Person Becomes a Scientist?

Teacher to Teacher

Engineering Partnerships

Integrating Technology

Classic Lessons 2.0

Bridging the Gap Between "Rocks for Jocks" and the Mars Sample Return Program

The Evolution of a Partnership

March 2018

Disequilibrium/Sensory Illusions

Classic Lessons

Integrating Tech

Could "The Martian" Really Have Grown Potatoes for Food?

Engineering Nanoparticles for the Body

Cells on Mars

Cell Modeling Students Can Really Get Into

February 2018

How Can We Provide Water for Developing Countries?

The NGSS-ification of Too Slow to Notice

A Framework for Integrating Science, Engineering, and Literacy


January 2018

Wilderness Water Crisis

Integrating Tech

Teacher Toolkit

December 2017

Deep Thinking Over Geologic Time

Classic Lessons

November 2017

Teacher's Toolkit

Inquiry Into Action: Ecosystems and Animals

Out in the field: Learning about plant diversity

October 2017

Disequilibrium/Measuring Our Rising Sea Levels

Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Using Packrat Midden Models to Investigate Climate Variability

The Sea Bird Mystery

A Gassy World

Teacher's Toolkit

Empowering Sixth-Grade Students Through a Climate Change Lesson

Climate Change, Photosynthesis, and Misleading Information

Using Packrat Midden Models to Investigate Climate Variability

September 2017

Teacher to Teacher

Teaching Thermal Energy Concepts in a Middle School Mathematics-Infused Science Curriculum

What's in Your School Yard?

Teacher's Toolkit

Integrating Tech

Exploring the Engineering Design Process Through Computer-Aided Design and 3-D Printing

Summer 2017

Science for All

Moving Beyond STEAM

Exploring Terrestrial Isopods

Teacher's Toolkit

April/May 2017


Science for All

Teacher to Teacher

Beat the Heat!

Beluga Whales

Integrating Tech

Classic Lessons

March 2017

Are You Ready for a Spacewalk?

The August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Teacher to Teacher

Moving Students Toward a More Accurate View of the Solar System

Sunrise, Sunset

February 2017

An Inquiry Lesson on Stream Ecosystems

Teacher to Teacher

Science on a Shoestring

Supporting Student Understanding of Watersheds by Using Multiple Models to Explore Elevation

Learning and Applying Systems Thinking When Studying a Local Creek System

Author video introduction to activity:

From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank

Water, Water Everywhere!

January 2017

Classic Lessons

Teacher to Teacher

Building Bots to Develop Systems Thinking

Using Systems Mapping to Plan Scientific Investigations

Citizen Science

Call the Plumber!

Diving into Buoyancy

December 2016

Classic Lessons

Science for All

Food and Energy for All

November 2016

Using Place-Based Structured Inquiry to Motivate At-Risk Students



An Interdisciplinary Approach to Gene Therapy

October 2016

Earth History Theories

Exploring Lunar and Solar Eclipses Via a 3-D Modeling Design Task

Teacher's Toolkit

Classic Lessons 2.0

September 2016

A Middle School Lake Study

Investigating Axial Seamount

Classic Lessons 2.0

Summer 2016

Engineering Seltzer Rockets


Engineering Technology for the Digital World

Evaluating the Egg Drop

Tried and True

Teacher's Toolkit

April/May 2016

Making Science Real

Naming the Solar System

Tried and True

Teacher's Toolkit

Light, Color, Vision, Optics! A Text for Grades 6–8

March 2016

Build Your Own Sunglasses

Chemical Connections: A Problem-Based Learning, STEM Experience

Teacher's Toolkit

February 2016

From Mendel to Me: Constructing Genetics Knowledge Through Historical Problem-Based Learning

Pass the DNA, Please

Tried and True

January 2016

Outbreak! Cells, Pathogens, and Disease

A Biomedical Engineering Twist to Science Fairs

Modeling Ecosystems

Eco-choices: Understanding the Complex Consequences of Local Decisions

Bird-brained Foraging: Learn to Eat Like a Crow

December 2015

Authentic Science Investigation in the Classroom

Tried and True

Everyday Engineering

Present, Critique, Reflect, and Refine

Assessing Science Practices

November 2015

The Ocean Platform Engineering Design Challenge: Flooded with STEM Content and Practice

Troubling Tides

Modeling the Physical Properties of Glaciers

Exploring the Complexity of Ocean Acidification

There's a Glacier in Your Backyard

Tried and True

October 2015

Sea Less Sea-Less Seagulls: Planning for an Interdisciplinary STEM Unit

Connecting the Dots: Lasers Link Students to their 3-D World

Using Biographical Letters to Draw on the Nature of Science

Shrimp and Black Gill: Studying the Effect of Apostome Ciliates

Tried and True: Using Observations of Fossils to Reconstruct Ancient Environments

Teacher's Toolkit: Bridging the Three Dimensions of the NGSS Using the Nature of Science

Using a STEM-based Approach to Make Recycling Metallic Elements Relevant

Using a STEM-Based Approach to Make Recycling Metallic Elements Relevant

September 2015

Botanical Heart Throbs: Heart Rate in Blackworms

Exploring the Science of Less-Familiar Forms of Animal "Flight"

The Controversy Over Pluto: Planet or Astronomic Oddball?

Summer 2015

Supporting Science Access for All Students: Using Content Enhancements to Create Pathways to the Big Ideas

Artificial Floating Islands: An Integrated STEM Unit

The Fish Weir: A Culturally Relevant STEM Activity

Science Meets Engineering: Applying the Design Process to Monitor Leatherback Turtle Hatchlings

Tried and True: Fossils, Inquiry, and the English Language Learner

April/May 2015

Exploring Sound! Using Tablets in Middle School Science

Using Authentic Data in Middle School Atmospheric Science Instruction

"Nor Any Drop to Drink": Students Engineer Solutions for Desalinating Ocean Water

Teaching With Tarantulas

March 2015

For the Love of Infographics

The Surprising Patterns of Health and Disease

February 2015

The Who, What, When, Where, and How of Waves

Reading and Writing Alignment Across the Content Areas

Comic Relief: Using Comics and Illustrated Trade Books to Support Science Learning in First-Year English Language Learners

January 2015

Aliens Invade and Drop Off Litter

Plotting Plants: Tracking Invasive Species in the Local Community

A Water Cycle of Many Paths

Life With Limited Resources

December 2014

No Ordinary Coronary

Tried and True: Building Bridges with the NGSS

Sickle Cell Disease: Relating Community Health and Heredity

The Big Break: A Module on Biomedical Engineering Principles

November 2014

Engineering Design and EFFECTS: A Water Filtration Example

The Justin Time Challenge

Designing Earthquake-Resistant Structures: Integrating Science and Engineering Practices

October 2014

Lakes Alive!

Eureka! Causal Thinking About Molecules and Matter

Conservation of Matter in the Life Sciences

September 2014

Gearing Up for Engineering

Summer 2014

Including Students in a Model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun System

April/May 2014

Straws and Air Pressure: Using and Everyday Object to Explain Air Pressure

January 2014

The Leonardo Strategy: Scientific Discourse and Argumentation in an Online Environment

Stomp Rockets: A High-Impact Exploration of Science Concepts

Using Place-Based Inquiry to Inspire and Motivate Future Scientists

Teachers Toolkit: Scientific Explanations and Arguments

December 2013

Bringing Earthquake Engineering to Your Hometown

99.99%: Antibacterial Products and Natural Selection

November 2013

Tried and True: Classroom Zoo

April/May 2013

Using Mathematics to Conduct Social Analyses of Bottlenose Dolphins in Science Classrooms

March 2013

Sense-of-Place Writing Templates

Science Circus

Everyday Engineering: An In-Depth Look at 3-D

February 2013

Editor’s Roundtable

Building on Students’ Knowledge of Solar Cells

Lunch-Trash Solar Stills: Learning About the Engineering Design Process Through Earth Science

December 2012

Everyday Engineering: Toying Around with Wind Ups

October 2012

Playing Scientist: Using Digital Resources and Role Play to Enhance Student Understanding of Science as a Human Endeavor

September 2012

Everyday Engineering: Should Ice be Cubed?

Swap Meet: A Novel Way to Introduce Unit Conversion

Recommendations for Using Computer in Science Classes: Making a Positive Impact

July 2012

Teacher’s Toolkit: Using Metacognition to develop understanding of the role of evidence in science

Tried and True: Cubes and raisins: A student-centered lesson designed to teach observations and inferences

March 2012

Reconstructing Environmental Change Using Lake Varves as a Climate Proxy

January 2012

Getting Past "Just Because": Teaching Writing in Science Class

July 2011

Twenty Ways to Assess Students Using Technology

Current Research: 2011 Summer Reading Suggestions

April/May 2011

Our Human-Plant Connection

March 2011

Flooded! An Investigation of Sea-Level Rise in a Changing Climate

October 2010

Science Sampler: The Science of Soil Textures

March 2010

Tried and True: Disrupted Food Webs

February 2010

Helping the Environment Helps the Human Race

January 2010

How Middle School Students Come Face to Face with Down Syndrome Research

March 2007

Science Sampler—Earthweek in the Classroom:

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