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NSTA Unveils New Resources to Support K-12 Educators in Planning Science Lessons

From The Digestive System to Newton’s Second Law, NSTA Daily Do Playlists Provide Guidance to Teachers on How Best to Navigate Students from One Lesson to the Next

ARLINGTON, Va.—February 11, 2021—The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) today unveiled new resources to help K-12 educators, including parents homeschooling their children, plan their science lessons. Based on the best research available on how to engage all students in learning science, NSTA Daily Do Playlists are suggested instructional sequences of NSTA lessons that can be used to help students coherently build science ideas over time. With four playlists available now, NSTA plans to feature a new NSTA Daily Do Playlist each week at

“Now, more than ever, it is important for students to have access to high-quality experiences—whether they are learning in the classroom or at home in a virtual learning environment—that expand their perspective about science and help them make sense of the world around them,” said Dr. Elizabeth Allan, NSTA President. “We are thrilled to provide educators with these wonderful new resources that will enhance student engagement and inspire and excite student interest in science.”

Each lesson—called NSTA Daily Dos—is grounded in student sensemaking, which actively engages students in trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering) using the science and engineering practices. The NSTA Daily Dos that make up a Playlist have been updated to include tailored, Google Docs, Slides, and/or Jamboard templates to facilitate students’ science learning in the classroom or virtual learning environment. These added resource materials make implementing NSTA lessons easier and provide the framework for students to share ideas.

NSTA Daily Do Playlists are free to access. However, to view NSTA resources—including the Daily Dos that make up a Playlist—you must register. Once registered, you can enjoy access to up to three free resources a month. NSTA members do not need to register, as they already receive unlimited access to all NSTA digital resources.

For more information about NSTA Daily Do Playlists, visit

About NSTA
Founded in 1944, the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. A vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals, NSTA is committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.

Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

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