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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Enriching Science Classes with Sustainable Agriculture Concepts and Activities

Join us to discuss how to enhance student learning by incorporating activities that relate to real-world environmental and agricultural challenges in science classes.

Takeaways: 1. Incorporating real-world challenges relating to sustainable agriculture exposes students to meaningful applications of environmental, life, and physical sciences; 2. Communicating that science is not simply abstract concepts, but a way to solve important problems, may increase student engagement in the classroom; and 3. Sustainable agriculture activities lend themselves to adaptation to appropriate grade level or science class.

Speakers

Maud Walsh (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA), Jennifer Irving (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA)

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Enriching science classes with sustainable agriculture concepts and activities

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners

Educators who specialize in the teaching of students with dyslexia describe vocabulary modifications, schema development, kinesthetic activities, and methods to modify science content for students with language-based learning differences.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. craft well written vocabulary definitions; 2. use kinesthetic activities to help students gain understanding of vocabulary and complex science concepts; and 3. create a structured word wall that supports students.

Speakers

Clinton Kittrell (The Summit School: Edgewater, MD), Christine Zito (Miller School of Albemarle: Charlottesville, VA)

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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NESTA Session: Hands-On Weather Unit for Middle Schoolers

Teachers can engage in a three-dimensional lab-driven approach to answer the driving question, Why does hail fall some times, but not at other times?

Takeaways: 1. How to kick off a weather unit with an engaging phenomena; and 2. Hands-on activities for students investigating weather phenomena.

Speakers

Chris Campbell (UTeachTech at Louisiana Tech University: Ruston, LA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NESTA Session: MEL2—Thinking Scientifically in a Changing World

Engage in argument-driven scaffolds for Earth and environmental science topics to critically evaluate connections between evidence and alternative scientific explanations using model-evidence link (MEL) diagrams.

Takeaways: 1. Learn what a MEL diagram is; 2. Practice using a MEL diagram to promote evaluation; and 3. Learn how to access the suite of MEL materials.

Speakers

Tim Klavon (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA), Janelle Bailey (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA), Doug Lombardi (University of Maryland: College Park, MD)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10k!

Sponsoring Company: NSTA, Shell Teacher Awards and Competitions

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards through this teacher competition.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to apply for a Shell-sponsored award or competition; 2. begin your application or nomination of a Shell-sponsored program and receive a prize; and 3. collaborate with past winners and judges to learn how to strengthen your application.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

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Shell Programs presentation
Learn about the two Shell Teaching Awards and the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge competition.
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Evidence in the Era of NGSS

Sponsoring Company: Amplify

How do we support students to gather a variety of evidence in order to deepen their understanding of phenomena? Join program authors from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to experience how a multimodal approach allows students to grapple with phenomena and real-world problems like scientists do. We will unpack structures from the K–8 Amplify Science curriculum and consider how a deep understanding of NGSS can support you in making principled pedagogical decisions.

Takeaways: 1. Gain a deeper understanding of the role that different sources of evidence play in phenomenon-based teaching and learning; 2. experience an exemplar of how students figuring out investigative phenomena can support their increasing understanding of more complex anchor phenomena; and 3. reflect on how students engage in all three dimensions of NGSS as they gather evidence and grapple with real-world phenomena.

Speakers

Leslie Stenger (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Rebecca Abbott (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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Evidence in the Era of NGSS_AmplifyScience.pdf

Saturday, November 14
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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The Kavli Foundation Keynote Presentation: The Story of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: How Science Progresses

Sponsoring Company: The Kavli Foundation

Soon after Pluto's discovery in 1930, astronomers noticed that it did not behave much like a planet: its orbit was highly inclined and so elliptical it even crossed the orbit of Neptune. Pluto’s image as an oddball persisted until the 1990s, when it was found to be part of the Kuiper Belt, a large population of icy bodies beyond Neptune consisting of material left over from the planet formation process. The discovery of the Kuiper Belt permanently changed our view of how the solar system formed, and showed that Pluto was not so odd after all. The Pluto–Kuiper Belt story is the quintessential example of how science works: change—whether we like it or not—is the only way science goes forward. 

NSTA wishes to thank The Kavli Foundation for sponsoring this speaker.

Speakers

Jane Luu (Draper Laboratory: Cambridge, MA)

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Luu_NSTA_2020Nov14_v2.pdf
Slides from J. Luu's talk on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges

Sponsoring Company: MatterHackers, Inc.

Learn how to lead students through engaging learning experiences such as the make:able challenge in order to improve learner outcomes and deepen student agency. They will be able to use empathy, STEM skills, and their own interests to improve the lives of others through assistive technology and 3D printing.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about the make:able challenge and how you can implement it at your school; 2. use resources from the Build a Better Book project to facilitate design challenges for people with visual impairments based on student interest; and 3. gain strategies to help promote student independence, growth, and reflection.

Speakers

Mara Hitner (MatterHackers, Inc.: Lake Forest, CA), Steven Jones (Swanson Middle School: Arlington, VA)

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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges
Slide deck, links & resources to all materials discussed in Steven Jones' workshop of "Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges"

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Beyond the Classroom: Developing Robust Industry and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Applied STEM Learning and Address Workforce Development in STEM Fields

Hear innovative ideas for developing partnerships and programs with community, universities, and industry to equip students with STEM skills necessary for success in tomorrow’s world.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to go beyond one-off field trips to engage students in deeper, more meaningful, long-term, and real-world learning; 2. Learn how to take advantage of the coming "silver Tsunami" in most industries, to get unique learning experiences and measurable outcomes for your students; and 3. Understand that "STEM fields" are not limited to robotics or space exploration; most if not all fields soon will require at least a basic understanding of STEM concepts.

Speakers

Gordon Bourns (Bourns, Inc.: Riverside, CA), Sharon Gutierrez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA), John Robertson (Riverside Unified School District: Riverside, CA), Damaris Velez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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NASA’s Moon to Mars: Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a challenge of building and drop testing a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: 1. We can use the engineering design process in our everyday life to solve problems and make improvements; 2. NASA Engineers must ask a question, imagine a solution, plan a design, create that model, experiment and test that model, then take time to improve the original—all steps that are crucial to mission success from Moon to Mars and beyond!; and 3. While this activity will focus on teaching the engineering design process using the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating, the "boring part" of ask, imagine, plan will be focused on to emphasize deeper learning as a thought process prior to simply "building stuff."

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

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BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
Group Roles
Suggested Group Roles for use with BEST activities
Revised BEST EDP Model
Newly revised BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Specifically designed with educators in mind to ensure a start and end point with the specific goal of sharing results.
BEST Legacy EPD Model
This is the original BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Shows a cyclical patter with no real start or end point.
JPL EDP Model
This is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineering Design Process Model. This has a defined beginning and a cyclical ending.
NASAs Moon to Mars Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites.ppt
Presentation powerpoint used within the session. Notes section of the slides contains links and additional information.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Shell Science Teaching Award: Fueling Success with Students; Win Up to $10K

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards.

Takeaways: Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award, and how to win a trip to next year’s national conference in Chicago.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Richard Embrick (Crockett Middle School: Richmond, TX)

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Shell Programs presentation
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Weather Science and Safety Education

During this chat, we will discuss:

  • What types of weather science and safety resources are you looking for to use with your students?
  • What are your biggest challenges when teaching about weather science and safety?
  • What types of resources are you looking for to use with your students?
  • Are they related to extreme weather hazards in your area?

Speakers

Mary Fairbanks (NOAA National Weather Service: Silver Spring, MD)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions maps out learning progressions based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the same techniques that were used to develop the Atlas of Science Literacy from AAAS Project 2061. The 62 maps in the Atlas organize all of the elements from standards on a particular topic (e.g., modeling, patterns, or definitions of energy) on a single page. The elements from grades K–2 are at the bottom of the page and those from grades 9–12 are at the top. Arrows connect elements to indicate how ideas in a particular topic build on each other and how elements in different topics connect to one another. Studying the maps in the Atlas and the additional resources in the appendixes can provide educators new insights about the standards.
 
This session will provide an overview of how to read a map, the other features of the Atlas, and how educators can use this powerful navigational tool to develop and implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Takeaways: 1. How to read a map in the Atlas; 2. the relationship between the Framework and the Atlas; and 3. how to use the Atlas to unpack or clarify standards.

Speakers

Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

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Frontmatter and sample maps from the NSTA Atlas
This 53 page pdf contains the Introduction and a map from each of the 9 chapters of the Atlas.
Atlas Map Key and Map 4.2 (Flow of Matter and Energy in Living Systems).pdf
Willard Atlas Pres for NSTA Engage November 2020.pdf
This is a pdf of the slides.
FAQ for the #3DAtlasChat twitter slow chat

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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“Voices of Hope”: A Climate Science Unit

Climate science can be a difficult topic, however, focusing on hope and action allows students to see they can make a difference. Come see how!

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies to support all students, but especially English Learners using OCDE (Orange County Department of Education) Project GLAD® strategies; 2. Learn the content and the relevant issues that are impacting climate change; and 3. How to focus on the importance of maintaining hope. We do this by showing students how their actions will make a difference.

Speakers

Kate Lindholm (North Central Educational Service District: Wenatchee, WA)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Bring on the Data! Beginning Strategies to Integrate Data and Scientific Literacy into Your Science Classroom and Beyond

Leverage how people learn from data to teach data skills alongside content with these beginning strategies to build students literacy in science, math, and technology.

Takeaways: 1. A framework for thinking about how people learn from data and what are the steps along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data to do science, math, and use technology; 2. Strategies and resources to use in our teaching in any unit to better set students up for success as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into our current curricula across different disciplines that enhance how students work with data to learn their science and math content as well as critical evaluate claims in the world.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

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Session Resource Document
We will use this shared Google Document to access a variety of materials to use during the workshop, as well as share multiple additional resources to use and pursue following the workshop.

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science

We will share unique and interactive assessments that go beyond multiple choice tests. These options offer learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their mastery of content. Varied assessment options will be explored, including alternative testing questions, interactive assessments, concept maps, and projects.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about alternate ways of assessing student learning that allows all learners the ability to demonstrate mastery of content; 2. Alternate mid-term and final exam options will be shared; and 3. Attendees will learn how to create valid assessments for English Learners.

Speakers

Stephanie Matson (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH), Kimberly Thesing (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH)

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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science Presentation

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Cultivating Creativity

Explore the critical role that creativity plays in addressing essential skills required for ALL students and their future success.

Takeaways: 1. Why creativity must be a critical component of effective planning; 2. How creativity impacts student success; and 3. How to provide continuous and effective creative opportunities for students.

Speakers

Cathi Cox-Boniol (Region 8 LaSTEM Director: Ruston, LA), Missy Wooley (Lincoln Parish School Board: Ruston, LA)

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NSTA Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom Nov 2020.pdf

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Rising to the Challenge: Creating Equitable Opportunities During a Remote Learning  Environment…and Beyond

Let's bring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into the forefront of science education! Join us as we share the details of our joint AMSE and NSTA Multicultural/Equity upcoming virtual miniseries. #DEIinACTION

Takeaways: 1. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: A Focus on Diversity and Equity Among Minority and Underserved Students in Geographic Locations; 2. Designing for Equitable Sense-making with Multilingual Learners; and 3. All in the (Science) Family: Considerations and Strategies for Inclusive Science Teaching for All Students.

Speakers

Alicia Conerly (Monticello Elementary School: Monticello, MS), Sharon Delesbore (Hightower High School: Missouri City, TX)

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM
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Science Current Events Journals: Real Science and Media Literacy

Science current events journals bring real science into the classroom. Use the news to teach science content, media literacy, and analytical thinking, and to reinforce language arts.

Takeaways: 1. How to integrate media literacy in the science classroom; 2. Tools for differentiated instruction in science literacy; and 3. Integration of NGSS in a science literacy project.

Speakers

Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

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Science_Current_Events_Instructions (1).docx
Science Current Events Journals NSTA 2020.pptx

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM
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Data in the Classroom: Use NOAA Resources to Bring Scientific Data to Life

Delve into how to access and explore NOAA’s data-rich resources, lesson plans, and visualization tools to build data literacy and proficiency in scientific data analysis.

Takeaways: 1. What types of data are available from NOAA; 2. How to find and use NOAA data in your classroom; and 3. How students can be involved in data collection.

Speakers

Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: , United States), Kayla Do Couto (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD)

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https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/conferences/nsta-engage-fall20

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM
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NESTA and AGI Session: Geoscience Is for Everyone—Activities That Help Students Explore STEM in Their Lives

Take part in activities making personal/local connections that encourage learners to reflect on the role of STEM in their lives, communities, and possible futures.

Takeaways: 1. Through engaging students in investigations centered on STEM careers we can inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers and innovators to build a better world; 2. Geoscience is for everyone; and 3. Personal and local connections like those explored in this workshop demonstrate the role of STEM for all learners.

Speakers

Aida Awad (Education Consultant/ Adjunct: Buckeye, AZ), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Sunday, November 15
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
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Environmental Education Clubs, Green STEM, and Eco-Schools

Discussion centers on how to start an Environmental Education Club, incorporate green STEM-focused curriculum, and become part of the Eco-School global initiative.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to start an Environmental Education club at their school and will see examples from other schools and colleges; 2. about Green STEM lessons and interdisciplinary units that they can easily incorporate in their standards-based curriculum; and 3. about the Eco-School global initiative and will explore how they can inspire their students to collaborate with others and involve their local communities so together they can create creative and meaningful solutions to protect the planet.

Speakers

Lisa Ristuccia (Fountain Hills Charter School: Fountain Hills, AZ)

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Eco-School Fact Sheet
Eco-Schools the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eco-Schools Pathway Icons (Printable pdf)
Experiential Outdoor Learning in the Schoolyard
GLOBE Framework Alignment
Green STEM Guidebook
Hiking the Seven Cs by Brad Daniel
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
Nature Play at Home Guidelines
Nighttime Adventures
Nighttime Adventures - Exploring and appreciating the mysteries of the night by leading walks after dark Article by Brad Daniel & Cliffard Knapp in Green Teacher
Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals
Resources Sheet for Eco-Schools and Green STEM
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Global Eco-Schools
National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
NWF Eco-Schools USA - Virtual Classroom Resources
Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Toolkit
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
Kids Gardening - Grants
Growing Spaces - Grants
Seed Your Future - Grants
Whole Kids Foundation - Grants
Captain Planet Foundation - Grants
The Awesome Foundation - Grants
Project Learning Tree
Project WET
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Green STEM Guidebook from NWF
Nature Play at Home from NWF
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
EarthEcho International
EarthEcho Water Monitoring
Ranger Rick Magazine
Ology from the American Museum of Natural History
Global Green STEM
Green Schoolyards
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
BEETLES Project
Earth Day Network
National Geographic Kids
Article - "Nighttime Adventures" by Brad Daniel
Article - "Hiking the Seven C's" by Brad Daniel
Arizona Game & Fish Department – Focus Wild Arizona
ChangeX
Arizona Association for Environmental Education
North American Association for Environmental Education
Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Green Schools
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Connecticul Green LEAF Schools
SciTech Institute Resource Directory
NWF - Learn about Eco-Schools USA! (video)
Eco-Schools Presentation for NSTA Engage Fall 2020 Conference

Sunday, November 15
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM
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Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning Through Model-Driven Inquiry Units and Resources

We will introduce a collection of units and resources to help teachers engage students in three-dimensional learning through model-driven inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. Anchoring instruction around authentic phenomena is the first step to 3-D learning; 2. The practice of modeling should be at the center of your instructional units; and 3. Models help groups of students build explanations of phenomena together over time.

Speakers

Todd Campbell (University of Connecticut: Storrs Mansfield, CT), Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ), Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Why the Big Blue Planet Needs Butterflies, Bees, Birds, and Books

Keeping the Earth big and blue requires getting students out into the schoolyard. Discover how to put in gardens or an outdoor classroom and how to support the learning through crosscutting concepts with journals and children’s literature.

Takeaways: 1.Teachers will experience through photographs, stories, and activities how to engage all students in connecting sustaining Earth to the local schoolyard and their backyards; 2. Teachers gather resources for lessons, units, and a wide selction of chidlren's literature, going home equipped to address crosscutting concepts effectively; and 3. Hands-on activities and anecdotes of the presenter's expereinces will give teachers inspiration to help children find connections to nature at home and at school.

Speakers

Steve Rich (Science Author/Consultant: Atlanta, GA)

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List of Kids Books Websites
This is a partial list of my recommendations for kids books related to the topic, and several websites as well. If you need the PowerPoint, I am working on reducing the size of the file so plese contact me at bflywriter@comcast.net if you don't see it posted yet. Thank you for participating i NSTA Engage Fall20 and for your interest in my session.

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Sparking Discovery and Exploration—From Home!

This session will engage teachers in experiencing and exploring free NGSS-focused resources for classrooms from STEM@GTRI.

Takeaways: 1. Free NGSS-focused resources; 2. virtual field experiences; and 3. educational technology.

Speakers

Tyler Kinner (Georgia Tech Research Institute: Atlanta, GA)