2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Hands-On Workshop, Curriculum and Assessment, Literacy

 

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Stories from the Classroom: Supporting Sensemaking with Primary Sources

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314



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Stories from the Classroom_ Supporting Sensemaking with Primary Sources.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Engage in active exploration of primary source materials that support sensemaking in middle level science and STEM. Leave with a plan for incorporating primary sources into your own lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Primary sources can be used to: (1) present phenomena, (2) engage students in science and engineering practices, (3) identify crosscutting concepts, (4) reinforce disciplinary core ideas, and (4) address equity through leveled resources and shared experience.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Biernat (Zanilu Educational Services, LLC: No City, No State), Donna Governor (University of North Georgia: Dahlonega, GA), Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

Introducing Phenomena by Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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Connecting Items.docx
These are the items that we used for the opening activity.
Phenomena PPT.pptx
Teosinte Article
This is the primary source that was used in the example that I gave during the session.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Did you know that you can launch units in your science class by engaging students in the analysis of historical primary sources? Join us for this hands-on workshop, where we’ll investigate free, digitized resources to see how they can reveal phenomena linked to the content you teach.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to engage students at the start of a unit by exploring phenomena embedded in historical primary source documents. The strategies discussed will develop the critical thinking and sensemaking strategies of students.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC), Jacqueline Katz (Science Teacher)

Promoting Scientific Literacy with Virtual Simulations

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session will focus on using the CER Framework, Scientific Argumentation and virtual simulations to support literacy in science lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will build their capacity to increase students' literacy skills using virtual simulations to support science lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Ramon Reeves (North Atlanta High School: Atlanta, GA), Karin Mason (Atlanta Public Schools: Atlanta, GA)

Once Upon an Earth Science Book: Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series to try out a hands-on lesson on ocean garbage patches and the Coriolis Effect. You'll also learn strategies that will help you build literacy while teaching any science topic.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to the literacy learning cycle format, in which hands-on work precedes meaningful reading and writing activities. You will see how this system works by participating in a lesson and come away with practical strategies for your classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Author/ Staff Development: Atlanta, GA)

Get Outside! Uniting K-12 Educators in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities Across the Watershed

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will learn strategies for implementing Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in their classrooms. Strategies include how to build relationships with community partners, finding local spaces to use to conduct investigations, and how to engage students in field-based investigations.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will have a “front row seat” and get hands-on experience with the resources needed to implement a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. Participants will walk away with specific strategies for building partnerships and gaining resources to support their instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Alexis Tharpe (ODU Research Foundation TCEP: Norfolk, VA 23508, VA), Venicia Ferrell (Research Assistant Professor: Norfolk, VA)

Once Upon a Physical Science Book--Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series to try out a specific, hands-on lesson, for kicking off a unit on wave motion. You'll also learn strategies that will help you build literacy while teaching any science topic.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to the literacy learning cycle format, in which hands-on work precedes meaningful reading and writing activities. And they will see how this system works by participating in a lesson on wave motion.

SPEAKERS:
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Author/ Staff Development: Atlanta, GA)

Using Literature to "Unplug" Computer Science

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A309



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https://comic.sae.org
Participants can get the most out of this experience by setting up a free account to access the gamified comic book from their own device.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will explore resources and methods for incorporating age-appropriate literature into computer science lessons independent of technology access. They will gain strategies for selecting content, facilitating discussions, and drawing connections that excite student learning. They will compare print and digital books, collaborate in a CS-ELA activity, and consider classroom applications. Outline: -Discover SAE’s computer science curriculum and literature, including teaching strategies and free STEM resources (15 minutes) -Examine the gamified comic book, STEM Sagas: Virtually Rerouted and learn about hybrid, multidisciplinary applications (10 minutes) -Participate in two peer-to-peer discussions & activities from the Virtually Rerouted curriculum, bringing narrative and science concepts together (30 minutes) -Regroup to share takeaways and ideas

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will discover tools and strategies for fostering 21st century & computational skills by integrating literacy with interactive lessons suitable for any classroom environment. Participants also receive a free SAE book and chances to win a classroom STEM kit!

SPEAKERS:
Bonnie Thibodeau (SAE International: Warrendale, PA)

A Phenomenal Approach to Notebooking: Putting the Interaction into Interactive Notebooks

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401



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NSTA 2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Make student thinking come to life with notebooks! Increase the rigor of student work—learn new strategies for organizing content and how to use templates for any science class. Take home many current NGSS classroom examples to get you started.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The how and why of science notebooks; 2. Engaging ALL students in science; and 3. Templates scaffold student learning for success.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

A better way to take notes! Visually processing science content with sketchnotes.

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B403



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NSTA 2023.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Students love sketchnoting in science! Come learn how visual notetaking leads to deep processing and retention of content. Editable templates will be provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What are sketchnotes; 2. How to use sketchnotes in science; and 3. How to greatly increase student processing.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

It Just Works! Science Demonstrations and Thinking Routines for All

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join us as we explore the connection between science demonstrations and thinking routines. Discover how these two teaching tools, uncover student misconceptions, activate prior knowledge, and engage students in sensemaking by integrating literacy with science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will takeaway a series of engaging science demos/activities that have been purposefully paired with literacy strategies to help develop important thinking routines students can use when approaching a problem, issue or challenge in science.

SPEAKERS:
Lionel Sandner (Edvantage Interactive: Sidney, BC), Sandra Mirabelli (Brock University: Burlington, ON)

Perception Science + Real-World Data + Data Visualization = Enhancing Students’ Data Analysis & Interpretation

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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https://dataspire.tiny.us/03-25-23
To access resources from the session please complete this short form. We will email you the slide deck following the session.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Do your students struggle to make sense of graphs? You're not alone. Join us to explore new ways to leverage how our eyes work to make working with graphs and real-world data easier for your students. Gain strategies you can use this week regardless of what curriculum or graphing programs you use.

TAKEAWAYS:
Access classroom-ready strategies to better leverage graphs from online data portals and ways to better set students up for success to make sense of data patterns in any graph they are using in your science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Tips and Tricks: Turning Curriculum Into Accessible Learning Opportunities For All!

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B311


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Adopting curriculums is a top priority for many schools across the nation. While curriculums are useful, they often have shortcomings. One shortcoming we often see in schools is a lack of engagement between the students and the content. In this session, we will explore strategies that align with the 5E Instructional Cycle and UDL that can be easily implemented with the curriculums adopted by schools and provide opportunities for students to engage with science and engineering practices. The strategies can be implemented immediately in the classroom setting. Each strategy presented can be leveled up or leveled down for varied grade levels, including differentiated supports in class to support the varied learners in a classroom. Engage strategies include Observations and Questions and Four Corners. Both are low stakes and engage learning with phenomena immediately. The Explain strategy leverages reading in science and makes it accessible through targeted questions and scaffolding.

TAKEAWAYS:
Small shifts in the curriculum can make large shifts to develop an inclusive classroom environment. Science should be accessible for all and by taking prescribed curriculum and making a few adjustments, all students can engage in science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Whitney McCormick (Alliance College Ready Public Schools: Los Angeles, CA), Sheena Velasquez (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools: Los Angeles, CA)

Fill Your Teacher Toolbox! 30+ Free Strategies, Activities, Templates and Resources Designed to Increase Student Engagement and Achievement for ALL Learners

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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With increasing diversity in student populations and continued focus on STEM education, new approaches are needed to increase student interest and literacy in science. Student success in the science classroom requires that they be authentically engaged as they investigate and communicate their understanding of scientific phenomena. In this session, participants will receive 30+ classroom-ready strategies, activities, games, templates, and resources that will help engage all learners and increase student achievement in various domains of science. The resources and strategies provided will help participants teaching grade 6 and higher motivate even the most unengaged students. Resources and strategies target areas of the 5- E Model of instruction. Many activities can be used as formative assessments to assess student learning. Participants may modify the activities based on the content they teach and the academic level of student groups and individual students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will explore resources including activities, templates, games, etc. they can use to increase the scientific literacy and engagement of all students. These can be used “as is” or modified to include other content based on the needs of the learners.

SPEAKERS:
Iris Mudd (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Winston Salem, NC)

Nature Notes: Fostering inquiry through scientific observation and writing

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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What does scientific observation look like? How do students get there? Through GMRI’s Nature Note framework, students connect what they see with what they know to become curious observers. Join us to explore how this model can be adapted to support scientific observation in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will come away with strategies, writing frames, student work samples, rubrics, and ideas to help students make connections between background knowledge and their local environmental and ecological observations.

SPEAKERS:
Catherine Bursk (Science Instruction Specialist: , ME)

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