NSTA Engage: Spring21

May 12-8, 2021

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Data Puzzles: Bringing Authentic Data into Classrooms Through Inquiry-Based Instruction

Wednesday, April 21 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM


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Data Puzzle resource list
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STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

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Come learn about Data Puzzles, a free resource co-designed by climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder that are aimed at bringing authentic data into classrooms in the context of current and relevant scientific research.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Introduction to inquiry-based instruction in the context of Ambitious Science Teaching practices; 2. Strategies for facilitating Data Puzzle resources and other inquiry-based activities in your MS/HS classroom; and 3. Skills to design your own data-driven learning activities.

SPEAKERS:
Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, VT)

NSTA Press Session: Fact or Phony? Successful Strategies to Promote Media Literacy

Saturday, April 24 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


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materials for Fact or Phony

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

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Learn effective techniques, including Claims-Evidence-Reasoning, to help students navigate media filled with fictional information promoted as fact and cherry-picked data offered as evidence.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teachers are provided with a checklist to assist their students in determining if information found on the internet is reputable, factual, and accurate; 2. Learn effective techniques to consider and understand why someone would believe common misconceptions about climate change and global warming; and 3. Participate in group discussions that take a deep dive into data to determine its relevance to a question or issue.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Tucker (Consultant: Port Townsend, WA), Lois Sherwood (Professional Development Coordinator: Port Townsend, WA)

Data Puzzles: Bringing Authentic Data into Classrooms Through Inquiry-Based Instruction

Wednesday, April 28 • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

Come learn about Data Puzzles, a free resource co-designed by climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder that are aimed at bringing authentic data into classrooms in the context of current and relevant scientific research.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Introduction to inquiry-based instruction in the context of Ambitious Science Teaching practices; 2. Strategies for facilitating Data Puzzle resources and other inquiry-based activities in your MS/HS classroom; and 3. Skills to design your own data-driven learning activities.

SPEAKERS:
Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, VT)

NSTA Press Session: Fact or Phony? Successful Strategies to Promote Media Literacy

Wednesday, April 28 • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM


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STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

Learn effective techniques, including Claims-Evidence-Reasoning, to help students navigate media filled with fictional information promoted as fact and cherry-picked data offered as evidence.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teachers are provided with a checklist to assist their students in determining if information found on the internet is reputable, factual, and accurate; 2. Learn effective techniques to consider and understand why someone would believe common misconceptions about climate change and global warming; and 3. Participate in group discussions that take a deep dive into data to determine its relevance to a question or issue.

SPEAKERS:
Lois Sherwood (Professional Development Coordinator: Port Townsend, WA), Laura Tucker (Consultant: Port Townsend, WA)

Empower Environmental Changemakers with Soil Quest’s Action Project to Sequester Carbon and Reduce Climate Change

Wednesday, April 28 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM


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Instructional Storyline - Soil Quest.pdf
This storyline pdf describes what happens on each of the Quest's webpages, and offers additional instructional ideas.
Project Hero's Soil Quest (Captain Planet Foundation)
Our session will explore how you can use this Quest as a local action PBL experience. It was developed in collaboration with Kiss the Ground.
Soil QUEST Overview.pdf

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

Using Project Hero’s online Soil Quest and Q-U-E-S-T framework, guide learners to design projects that sequester carbon, restore soil’s health, and slow climate change.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. work with the online PBL Soil Quest platform (https://herofortheplanet.org/healthysoils) as a model for empowering students to use the understanding of science concepts to design and carry out a solution to a local soil problem; 2. understand how to teach the connection between soil-carbon-climate change concepts through Quest activities and investigations (aligned to the NGSS), and lay the foundation for designing and carrying out this project; and 3. gather ideas for how the soil project, and lessons for supporting concepts, could fit into current NGSS-focused curricula (i.e., concepts around healthy soil ecosystems, carbon cycle and sequestration, climate change, and design of conventional and regenerative farming and gardening practices), and connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Teaching Climate Science in a High School Chemistry Class

Thursday, April 29 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

Ideas will be presented for how best to use climate science phenomena to anchor storylines of instruction in high school chemistry classes.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. High school chemistry class is a good place for students to learn about climate science, which appears prominently in NGSS high school performance expectations; 2. Climate-related phenomena can effectively engage students and anchor chemistry topic storylines; and 3. Many good examples from climate science exist, easily explored through student activities, for use as anchoring phenomena.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

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