Using Scientific Research Articles as a Teaching Tool


By Srividhya Sundaram

How can I connect my students with the latest scientific research in an engaging, unforgettable way?  I have often wrestled with this question.  While some of my attempts to bring scientific research articles into my classroom have failed, there are others that do the job nicely.  In fact, a few efforts stand out!  That’s what I would like to share with you:  an effective way to use science articles as a tool that makes student comprehension more visible… and offers curious young minds a valuable peek into the world of research.

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Simple Machines are Simply Everywhere


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By Jared Hottenstein

The science of simple machines is simply everywhere—in our homes, on the playground, at school, in our doctor’s office, and countless other places.  We live with simple machines, often without even knowing it.

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Alien Fluids – An Online Activity


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By Melanie Pearlman

It’s a scene you don’t often see in a science class: 13- and 14-year-olds flailing their arms about wildly like crazy aliens.  It’s only Day One of the activity and they’re hooked by the goofiness allowed.  That’s just one of the reasons why I look forward to my Alien Fluids unit every year.  It also really sharpens students’ investigative skills and calls on them to think critically and logically. 

But how was I to conduct this days-long experimentation activity remotely this year?

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Hydropower Ideas for the Classroom… and the World


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By Captain Roy Bentley

Renewable energy is a hot topic around the world.  What IS renewable energy?  As you probably already know, it is energy sourced by a power that is not depleted when used.  As nations strive to reduce the impact of CO2 and other pollutants on the Earth, there’s a global push toward zero emission energy sources.  In other words, renewable energy.

Examples of renewable energy are Wind, Solar, Tidal, Geothermal, and Hydropower.  

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Science Scavenger Hunts


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By Jared Hottenstein

How do you make online learning interactive?  I wrestled with that question when my classroom became a computer screen.  Science is everywhere, but we seldom take the time to stop and think about it. 

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