NSTA Engage: Spring21

May 12-8, 2021

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Using Picture Books to Make “Text to Investigation” Connections in Science

Tuesday, April 13 • 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Literacy has used “text to” connections to help students make authentic connections. Integrating picture books helps expand text to investigation connections in the science classroom.

This session is targeted for novice/intermediate attendees.

Materials needed:

  • Children's book (related to science) of your choice
  • shallow plastic tub with water (similar to plastic shoeboxes)
  • variety of different objects that can be placed in water—some that sink and some that float
  • tin foil
  • common objects for weight to be used in tin foil boat such as pennies, marbles, similar sized legos, etc.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections that help students connect their own authentic experiences and help students understand and make sense; and 3. consider criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and how the selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

NSTA Press Session: Integrating STEM and Literacy with Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons

Wednesday, April 14 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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The authors of the Picture-Perfect STEM series will share how  picture books can make STEM come alive for your students!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH), Karen Ansberry (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

Integrating Science and Literacy with FoodPrints Curriculum

Wednesday, April 14 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Experience the interdisciplinary approach of the FoodPrints Curriculum with a Science and ELA focus to teach nine major garden and food education themes.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Engage in three different lessons (Edible Plant Parts, Seed Dispersal, and the Garden Ecosystem) for grades 1–3 that can be used in the classroom, and adapted for virtual instruction using literacy-based approaches aligned to Common Core ELA and hands-on science investigations aligned to NGSS; 2. Learn methods for teaching vocabulary in the garden, using visual literacy as a tool for teaching science content, addressing speaking and listening standards, using creative approaches to early writing, and using read alouds to support instruction; and 3. Explore the FoodPrints Curriculum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching elementary science lessons with garden and food education themes and gain free access to our lessons and resources for preK–5.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Bandler (FRESHFARM FoodPrints: Washington, DC), Jennifer Ramsey (FRESHFARM FoodPrints: Washington, DC)

Integrating Inquiry and Literacy in the Elementary Science Classroom

Wednesday, April 14 • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
2021 SPDI Brochure (web version).pdf
Are You Me Investigation_Teacher 2019 Update.pdf
Inquiry Investigation
Beaver Engineer Revised SRB 4 8 2019Final.pdf
Book List.docx
Build_Bird_Nest_Wade Inst._Grade2.pdf
Designing an Adventure Park Ride activity_Print10 (double-sided + stapled).pdf
Digital Toolkit. .pdf
Inventing the Next Magnificent Toy activity_Print10 (double-sided and stapled).pdf
Picture Book list (2).docx
Sun Shelter investigation with literarcy connections.pdf
Sun Shelter_Temperature_Student_PRINT 20.pdf
Up Up and Away (balloon activity)_Print10.pdf

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Investigate using inquiry-based learning and the SEPs to deepen students’ understanding of both science concepts and literacy strategies remotely or in the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. l eave with a toolkit of hands-on, inquiry science investigations inspired and enhanced by literature; 2. l earn about distance-learning tools that support integrating the Science and Engineering Practices with literacy strategies to engage students in real-world science; and 3. identify strategies and resources for using books, productive talk, and science writing to integrate science, literacy, and discussion in ways that foster critical thinking, academic language, and meaning making.

SPEAKERS:
Sandra Ryack-Bell (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA), Kathy Renfrew (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA)

Little Big Minds: STEAM for Our Youngest Learners

Wednesday, April 14 • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM


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Little Big Minds Presentation Materials
This document contains a link where all presentation materials may be downloaded.

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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STEAM activities are for early childhood students, too! Connect STEAM and literature with three-dimensional learning in a series of culturally relevant, play-based activities exploring simple machines.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Literature and visual texts provide opportunities for students to experience STEAM in a context that is familiar and meaningful to them; 2. STEAM-integrated activities, such as those presented in this unit of study, promote 3-D learning through scientific inquiry and investigation, mathematical exploration, and initial development of executive functioning skills; and 3. There is a need to engage in literature-connected, STEAM-integrated activities in the early childhood years. In formal and informal educational environments, young children are curious, inquisitive, and eager to explore STEAM concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Lindsey Herlehy (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Aurora, IL), Cassandra Armstrong (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Aurora, IL)

Student-Centered Science Notebooks in Your Classroom

Wednesday, April 14 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Join the author of Notable Notebooks and Exemplary Evidence to discuss effective notebooking practices. Get a preview of her upcoming book about elementary science notebooks!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Science notebooks are an essential component of 3-D student-centered classrooms; 2. While there are a variety of notebook models in use, a flexible, hybrid approach is best to meet the needs of elementary students; and 3. Notebooks can be a rich source of formative and summative assessment data.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Fries-Gaither (Columbus School for Girls: Columbus, OH)

Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities

Saturday, April 17 • 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM


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CRTMakerspace_April17.pdf
Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities.pdf

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Discover research-based approaches on how to build a strong makerspace community that taps into foundational scientific literacy skills. Participate in a makerspace project-based literacy challenge.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Improve culturally responsive teaching in an informal makerspace environment through the development of makerspace pop-up activities and training approaches following a makerspace project-based literacy process; 2. Increase scientific literacy achievement through informal literacy hands-on makerspace pop-up activities focused on STEM real-world activities; and 3. Describe opportunities and hands-on mobile approaches to build capacity of existing informal makerspace learning of remote communities, diverse learners, and STEM professionals serving underrepresented minority populations.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Miller (Sul Ross State University: Alpine, TX), Thomas Tomas (Little Singer Community School: Winslow, AZ)

Taking Flight with NASA Aeronautics and Literature

Saturday, April 17 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


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Aeronautics Book List
Do you need a starting point for some great books that you can use to integrate literacy and hands-on STEM activities? Start here!
Aeronautics for Pre-K flyer
The Aeronautics for Pre-K activity guide provides off-the-shelf books paired with aeronautics activity to engage youth in multiple ways. This flyer contains the link to the guide and a description of the activities within the guide.
Foam Glider Instructions
This simple glider designed by the AMA is made from a disposable foam plate, a penny, and piece of tape. Students can easily modify this glider to perform tricks and is a great way to teach fundamentals of gliding!
Make a Mars paper helicopter
Make Your Own X-59 Airplane
This fun paper airplane template and instructions allow you to create NASA's X-59 in paper form.
Mars Helicopter Lesson Plan
NASA Aeronautics for Pre-K
This NASA activity guide ties in off-the-shelf books with aeronautics activities to engage students in multiple ways.
Presentation
Capture the attention of students with fun stories and hands-on STEM activities that engage them on every level!
Wood Wire Wings Lesson Guide

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Join NASA Aeronautics and author Kirsten Larson for hands-on STEAM learning, and find exciting ways to stimulate creativity and design thinking in younger students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Effective STEM learning strategies for younger students focused on storytelling, real-life applications, and engaging hands-on learning; 2. The use of authentic and engaging children's literature that will provide a context for STEM topics, engage students, and support reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills; and 3. Introduction to NASA’s STEM resources that provide high-quality learning resources, instructional support, and opportunities to join in on new missions and events.

SPEAKERS:
Kirsten Larson (Author: Lancaster, CA), April Lanotte (NASA Headquarters: Washington, DC), Lisa Wininger (West Shore Educational Service District: Ludington, MI)

NSTA Press Session: Once Upon a Physical Science Book: Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

Wednesday, April 21 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Identify This Lab.pdf
Student lab sheet for the activities we demonstrated during our sessions.
Is it Poison .pdf
This is a simpler reading if "Was it a drug bust?" is too complex for your readers. Although, I suggest trying the harder reading if working in groups--the topic often interests students enough to work at the reading.
Session Power Point Presentation
These are the slides, with links to additional literacy resources.
Was it a drug bust.pdf
Student reading to accompany lab described in our session.

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Want your students to read and write science more effectively? Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series for lessons from her newest book integrating literacy and physical science content.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. There are three main impediments to students becoming confident science readers: they do not expect what they are reading to make sense, they lack the background knowledge assumed in the text, and they have found shortcuts around doing classroom reading; 2. Using a literacy learning cycle (exploration, reading, writing) makes reading science easier; and 3. Participants will also try out a literacy learning cycle that they can use with their classes (so they will learn a new lesson plan).

SPEAKERS:
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Author/ Staff Development: Atlanta, GA), Karen Kraus (Retired Teacher: Goodyear, AZ), Matthew Hackett (Delta Woods Middle School: Blue Springs, MO)

Discipline-Specific Language Demands with CER and KLEWS

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


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Presentation Handouts

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Explore how to use argumentation and explanations supported with the CER framework and the KLEWS chart to engage in the science and engineering practices in the science classroom—both virtually and in person. These ideas will support students to actively participate in inquiry-based, phenomenon-centered activities.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students need a scaffolding of supports to fully participate and grow in their ability to use the SEPs; 2. Teachers can use many different supports, in different ways for varied learners, to help all students be successful in science. ALL students can be successful!; and 3. These supports can be tailored to all topics in science.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities

Saturday, April 24 • 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Middle School Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities.pdf

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Discover research-based approaches on how to build a strong makerspace community that taps into foundational scientific literacy skills. Participate in a makerspace project-based literacy challenge.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Improve culturally responsive teaching in an informal makerspace environment through the development of makerspace pop-up activities and training approaches following a makerspace project-based literacy process; 2. Increase scientific literacy achievement through informal literacy hands-on makerspace pop-up activities focused on STEM real-world activities; and 3. Describe opportunities and hands-on mobile approaches to build capacity of existing informal makerspace learning of remote communities, diverse learners, and STEM professionals serving underrepresented minority populations.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Miller (Sul Ross State University: Alpine, TX), Thomas Tomas (Little Singer Community School: Winslow, AZ)

Identifying Bias and Misinformation in Resources and Media

Saturday, May 1 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


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Identifying Bias and Misinformation Slides and Resources
All of the materials used and discussed are linked within the slides.

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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We are currently in an epidemic of fake news and misinformation. This session will help teachers guide students (and themselves) to use critical-thinking tools and skills to evaluate sources of information.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Misinformation and bias is on the rise, and we are consistently exposed to it through social media and other news sources; 2. There are great tools and resources to help students identify and avoid the traps of fake news and misinformation; and 3. By helping students become more critical consumers of information, teachers are helping create better informed citizens.

SPEAKERS:
Jason Carter (The Science House at NC State University: No City, No State), Michelle Benigno (The Science House at North Carolina State University: Mills River, NC)

Preservice Day Session: Science and Literacy: Complimentary Disciplines Inciting Critical Science Citizenry

Wednesday, May 5 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


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Books Read Aloud Online
From the Tip of the Beak
Investigating Heredity.pdf
Science Literacy Complimentary Disciplines Inciting Critical Science Citize
Science Literacy Complimentary Disciplines Inciting Critical Science Citizens

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Explore the placement of science literacy within the nature of scientific knowledge and the Next Generation Science Standards. Gain insights on implementing science literacy strategies.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Exemplars with steps for implementing three or more literacy strategies; 2. Overview of how Science Literacy connects with the Nature of Scientific Knowledge; and 3. Overview of the position of Science Literacy within the NGSS.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA), Omah Williams-Duncan (University of Houston-Clear Lake: Houston, TX)

ASTC-Sponsored Session: The Art of Facilitating Observation: Strategies to Deepen Scientific Literacy

Thursday, May 6 • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Create a Nature Journal - Activity Sheet
Owl - Know, Want to know, Learned Chart - Pre Lesson Activity
The Art of Facilitating Observation_ Strategies to Deepen Scientific Literacy - NSTA 2021.pptx
Wolf and Coyote Skull - Compare Contrast
Wolf and Coyote Skull - Compare Contrast - Detailed

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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A 21st-century museum will share strategies developed through school partnerships that strengthen student language and listening skills while meeting Next Generation Science Standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. be introduced to strategies to practice student-led, evidence-based discussions about scientific concepts; 2. see the application of this open inquiry technique for in-person or digital learning; and 3. experience the process in action.

SPEAKERS:
Kerri Ziemann (The Wild Center: Tupper Lake, NY), Michael Trumbower (The Wild Center: Tupper Lake, NY)

Effective Questioning Strategies to Engage Students in STEM

Saturday, May 8 • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Collaborate and share tools that can be used either in person or in a distance-learning environment. Discover how you can use these tools in the science classroom, especially with STEM projects and competitions.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Collaborate and share tools that can be used either in person or in a distance-learning environment; 2. Discover how you can use these tools in the science classroom, especially with STEM projects and competitions; and 3. Engage with educators that are interested in improving science literacy with K-12 students via interactive engagement strategies for students.

SPEAKERS:
Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

NARST-Sponsored Session: Case Study Pedagogy and Learning Outcomes: A Framework for Teaching Biology with Narratives

Saturday, May 8 • 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
NSTA_2021_Presentation_Final.pdf
Session Resource Handout.pdf

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Explore inclusive ways of using case studies with structured small group work/discussion, as well as aligning case studies with content goals.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using case studies; 2. Addressing inclusion; and 3. Achieving content goals.

SPEAKERS:
Ally Hunter (University of Massachusetts Amherst: Amherst, MA), Melissa Zwick (Stockton University: Absecon, NJ)

Data, Graphs, Tables, Oh My! Strategies to Integrate Data Literacy and Pedagogy into Existing Science Curricula

Saturday, May 8 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


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“Data, Graphs, Tables, Oh My!" Resource Document
We will use this interactive Resource Document during the workshop to access activity materials and additional resources related to the topics discussed.

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Leverage how people learn to integrate key data skills with your science content through tips and strategies to engage with real-world data, science, and literacy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will gain: 1. a framework for thinking about how people learn with data and what the steps are along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data in STEM; 2. strategies and resources to use in our existing science teaching to better set students up for success in the future as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate, without adding more stress on a crowded curriculum; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into your current science curriculum that enhance how students work with data to learn the content, ask questions and explore the data, analyze and interpret the data, and critically evaluate evidence and claims.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC: No City, No State)

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