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Science Scope—Fall 2023

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Special Double Issue—Fall 2023

Cultivating Collaboration

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Students with visual impairments are often the only students at their school who read braille. They often do not participate in science fairs, in some...

By Tiffany Wild, Tina Herzberg, and L. Penny Rosenblum

Middle School Inclusion Literacy Teaching Strategies

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Hearing All Voices to Promote Learning Orientation and Effective Collaboration

Motivation and collaboration intersect in important ways in a science classroom. One important motivational component of collaborative work is what st...

By Pei Pei Liu, Sharon Taylor, Ann Colwell-Johnson, Alexandra Lee, David McKinney, Christopher J. Harris, Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia, Gwen C. Marchand, and Jennifer A. Schmidt

Middle School Inclusion Research

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Differentiate Science Lessons by Using VR in Station Rotations

Blended learning strategies combined with innovative technology, for example, virtual reality (VR), can be used in science classrooms to differentiate...

By Michael McKenzie and Alex Fegely

Equity Inclusion Instructional Materials STEM Teaching Strategies Technology

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Student Uncertainty as a Pedagogical Resource (SUPeR)

As suggested in A Framework for K–12 Science Education (National Research Council 2012), “Scientific knowledge is a particular kind of knowledge w...

By Jamie Rapkiewcz, Jongchan Park, Ying-Chih Chen, and Michelle E. Jordan

Middle School Instructional Materials Pedagogy Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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Inspiring the Next Generation

How many times have you found yourself sitting in a cafeteria or classroom staring at a professional development PowerPoint being presented by someone...

By Adriana E. Martinez and Alejandra O. Martinez

Middle School Pre-service Teachers Biology Careers Chemistry Curriculum Earth & Space Science Environmental Science General Science Labs Life Science Physical Science Research STEM Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies

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Teach Sublimation With Markers!

Sublimation, the change of state from solid to gas, is a challenging concept for many students to grasp and a curious phenomenon to investigate. Our e...

By Christine G. Schnittka and Mark Brenneman

Middle School Instructional Materials Labs Physical Science Three-Dimensional Learning

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Questioning the Relationships

Questions are powerful tools teachers can use to understand and scaffold students’ thinking (Clough 2007). However, not all questions are equally ef...

By Jesse Wilcox, Kean Roberts, Jacob Kaemmer, Jessica McKenzie, and Carson McClain

Middle School Evolution Life Science NGSS

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Using iNaturalist to Support Place-Based Learning and Data Analysis

Often, we think that to learn about nature, students must be in a “natural” place to experience the environment, but this assumption can be proble...

By Amanda V. Garner and Joshua Rosenberg

Middle School Biology Citizen Science Life Science STEM Technology

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Inheritance: It’s More Complicated Than That

For the past 60 years, teaching and learning the science of inheritance and biological variation has largely been centered in Mendelian genetics. In c...

By Whitney Thwaite, Sara C. Porter, and Hilleary Osheroff

Biology Interdisciplinary Life Science Teaching Strategies

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Outdoor Teaching and Learning in Natural Spaces and Outdoor Classrooms

On a humid, sunny day in late July, a group of middle school science teachers closed out three days of teacher professional development (PD) on a natu...

By Samantha Lindgren, Meghan McCleary, Susan Gasper, Amanda Nieves, Kara Stengren, and Amira Shabana

Biology Life Science Research STEM Teaching Strategies

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Poetry in Science

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins said, “There are those who fear reason as cold, bleak, cheerless, unpoetic. That’s not just untrue; it’s ...

By Katie Coppens

Middle School Interdisciplinary Literacy STEM

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Nothing to Write About!

Writing these columns often requires a considerable amount of reading and then thinking—both alone and always out loud to my wife as I try to explai...

By Bob Riddle

Astronomy Earth & Space Science

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Beavers From Space!

Beavers are social mammals who live in groups, known as colonies, and they construct dams and lodges, which modify the surrounding landscape. In their...

By Jill Nugent

Middle School Biology Citizen Science Environmental Science

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