Top 5 Things You Should Know about NGSS


priscilla-wells-robinsonby Priscilla Robinson

Empowering Performance

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) had a strong presence at the 2016 NSTA Science Conference held this past March in Nashville, Tennessee.  The conference theme was “Empowering Performance” and that’s the foundation upon which the NGSS standards are balanced.  Enthusiastic keynote speeches empowered teachers to help their students “Change the World!”  Educators dashed to workshops and the exhibit hall in search of solutions that will help them understand, implement and survive this rising tide of new science learning standards.  Presently, with 19* states and the District of Columbia already on board with the NGSS adoption, updated standards are making their way into classrooms across the nation.

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Let Your Classroom Glow with 100 Candles for our National Parks


priscilla-wells-robinsonby Priscilla Robinson

Who doesn’t like to celebrate a big birthday?  As we mark the centennial year of the National Park Service (NPS) on August 25, we as teachers can hook our students’ curiosity with the extensive network of America’s scenic spaces, indigenous wildlife, and natural resources.  If ever there was a year for a solid and diverse learning theme, this is it!  Keep the parties going as teachable moments—this is the best time for teachers to nurture lifelong learners and wards of the Earth.

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Density in the News


Educational Innovations Newsletter - In the News

Density has been in the news since… well, since Archimedes shouted Eureka.  We have collected a sampling of news stories about density that you may want to use in your classroom as you open a discussion about this fascinating subject.

If you find a news article about density that you’d like to share, please let us know in the comments section.  Happy reading!

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EI TV – Density Videos!


Educational Innovations Newsletter - EI TVIt can be difficult for students to understand density.  It’s not as simple as saying that something is heavy or light…  Able to float or sink…  So how can we explain this to young minds?

No worries—we’ve collected some videos that will help you clarify some of the basics about density with your class.  If you know of a video we should include here, please let us know in the comments!

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Density Humor


Educational Innovations Newsletter - HumorWhen it comes to density humor—and laughter in general—the more, the merrier!  That’s why we decided to pack a whole bunch of laughs into our Density Humor corner.  If you have a favorite riddle, joke or cartoon related to density, let us know in the comments section below.

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