2021 Los Angeles Area Conference

December 9-11, 2021

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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Thursday, December 9 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

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Learn how to create engaging lessons, connecting to student interests and to the science and natural phenomena that surround us. Pick up strategies to engage K–6 students in explorations, helping them recognize and understand real-world science while creating a lifelong love of science. Handouts!

Attendees will learn: 1. innovative strategies to help children identify, explore, and understand a variety of interesting, real-life science that surrounds them in their everyday world; 2. how to design lessons that emphasize exploration, and give students the opportunity to test variables and analyze their effects; and 3. effective questioning strategies to engage students and increase the depth of student thinking, also helping to make student thinking visible; and to help teachers use effective questioning strategies to help students clarify and articulate their understanding of essential science phenomena and concepts.

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Prairie Village, KS)

A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

Friday, December 10 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Additional resources for the Ice Core Records investigation
Ice Core Records NGSS.pdf

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Come discover a multidisciplinary, open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas.

1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Friday, December 10 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

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Cosmic Connections Webquest 2.pdf
Cosmic Connections Webquest 1.pdf
Modeling Stellar Evolution.pdf

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Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and providing possibilities—not definitive answers, as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain detailed information of stellar physical and chemical processes and constantly refine our evolving models of stellar evolution.

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Uncover the Dual Nature of Light Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation!

Saturday, December 11 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

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Nature of Light Lesson Sequence
A Google Drive folder of all materials (activities, pre-activities, supplemental materials, summary, and pacing guide) for the "Nature of Light" lesson sequence discussed and reviewed in this session.
NSTA 12.11.21.pptx

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Take home an NGSS unit where students test the wave and particle model against phenomena and engage in scientific argumentation, uncovering the nature of light!

1. Teachers will walk away with a multi-lesson unit that has students testing the particle and wave model of light against phenomena and engaging in argumentation (including lesson plans, student handouts, and a summative assessment with rubric); 2. The material allows students to investigate multiple wave-like phenomena (e.g. diffraction, interference, polarization) and particle-like phenomena (e.g. Plank’s Blackbody Radiation solution, the photoelectric effect, the Compton Effect, and the Bohr Model) of light; and 3. Teachers will be provided with research-based student argumentation strategies and support materials that encourage students to go beyond “Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning.”

Justin Fournier (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA)

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