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NSTA Engage: Spring21 - Sessions

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Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Once Upon a Physical Science Book: Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

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)

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Identify This Lab.pdf
Student lab sheet for the activities we demonstrated during our sessions.
Was it a drug bust.pdf
Student reading to accompany lab described in our session.
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.

Thursday, April 29
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Developing Science as a Second Language: Vocabulary Acquisition for All

In this session, learn how to engage all students in vocabulary development in the science classroom. Instructional strategies for all students, with a focus on English Learners, will be highlighted.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to teach vocabulary alongside content; 2. immediately implementable activities to promote vocabulary acquisition; and 3. about resources to support vocabulary instruction.

Speakers

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

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Presentation: Developing Science as a Second Language

Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Effective Questioning Strategies to Engage Students in STEM

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)