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Elementary School Teachers Can Make Physical Science Both Challenging and Accessible for a Diverse Range of Students With Help From a New NSTA Book

ARLINGTON, Va.—May 20, 2020—A new NSTA Press® book dispels the myth that making science accessible means lowering the bar. Universal Design for Learning Science: Reframing Elementary Instruction in Physical Science is designed to prompt teachers in grades 3 to 5 to consider the needs of a wide range of learners while planning challenging, inquiry-based experiences that support the Next Generation Science Standards.

Universal Design for Learning Science coverThe book combines two practical frameworks with nine real-world vignettes. The frameworks are the 5E Learning Cycle (engage, explore, explain, extend,and evaluate) and Universal Design for Learning, a systematic way to plan for and support diverse learners.

Through the vignettes, experienced educators offer guidance on teaching science in general and teaching kids with special needs in particular. The vignettes spotlight a variety of students—including struggling learners, differently abled students, and those with executive functioning challenges—as they demonstrate how strategies from the frameworks can knock down obstacles to learning. The result is fresh inspiration for teachers who want to plan their materials and instruction to support the success of all students.

Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase a copy of Universal Design for Learning Science: Reframing Elementary Instruction in Physical Science and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 295-page book is priced at $33.55 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $26.84. (Stock # PB452X; ISBN # 978-1-68140-695-5)

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.


Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

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