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Science Teacher, Vol. 80 Issue 9, Dec 2013

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In the Current Issue of Science Teacher (Vol. 80, Issue 9, Dec 2013):
 
This issue of The Science Teacher focuses on one of the seven crosscutting concepts—"patterns"—found in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Crosscutting concepts have been prominent in education reform documents for over two decades. What's new is that the NGSS elevates crosscutting concepts by weaving them into the student performance expectations for all students, so that they will become an explicit part of science instruction beginning in the earliest years of schooling. This issue presents several articles that will help you bring the crosscutting concept of Patterns into your classroom, including a history of science piece on the classification of species—a practical and important application of pattern recognition.
 
Below are links to full-text articles (EBSCO Discovery Service courtesy of Rizal Library). On-campus access only.
 
By: Metz, Steve. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p6-6. 2/3p.
An introduction is presented in which the author notes that the issue features reports on crosscutting concepts as a teaching method in science education.
 
By: Beckrich, Amanda. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p8-8. 1p.
The article provides information on several classroom activities designed to teach students about matter cycles and energy flows in ecosystems.
 
By: Roy, Ken. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p12-12. 1p.
The article examines the legal considerations of an incident in which a high school student exhibits disruptive classroom behavior and damages property.
 
Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p16-16. 1p.
The article discusses research by University of Chicago professor Sliman Bensmaia and colleagues, published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," which explored designing touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs able to convey real-time sensory information to amputees.
 
Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p17-17. 3/4p
The article discusses a scientific paper authored by Daniel Glavin, an astrobiologist for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), which suggests that chemicals known as perchlorates in the soil of Mars could interfere with the ability of the rover "Curiosity" to detect for signs of life. The methodology for testing soil samples by "Curiosity" is examined.
Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p17-20. 4p.
The article discusses a study published in the "Journal of Animal Ecology" co-authored by Laura Prugh and Christopher Golden which found that moonlight does not necessarily assist nocturnal predators find prey. 
By: Kovacs, Carolyn; Curran, Mary Carla; Cox, Tara. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p24-29. 6p.
A lesson plan is presented for a classroom activity in which students examine spatial data based on the behavior of dolphins to determine spatial patterns.
 
By: Clary, Renee; Wandersee, James. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p31-36. 6p.
A lesson plan on classification and taxonomy based on the research of 18th-century scientist Carl Linnaeus is presented.
 
By: Talbot, Kristen; Hug, Barbara. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p37-43. 7p.
The article presents a lesson plan based on "What Makes Me Tick...Tock? Circadian Rhythms, Genetics, and Health," a curriculum unit that teaches students about topics such as circadian rhythms, sleep-wake cycles, and genetic mutations.
By: Burgin, Stephen R.; Sadler, Troy D. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p44-49. 6p.
The article examines educational summer programs designed to allow high school students participate in an authentic scientific research experience (ASRE).
 
By: Siegel, Deborah. Science Teacher. Dec2013, Vol. 80 Issue 9, p51-55. 5p.
The author provides information on how a school can hold a Science Challenge Day, a student-organized science competition.
 
Access the contents of the past issues of this journal through the following databases made available by the Rizal Library for on-campus use:
 
 
Printed issues of the journal are also available at the EMC Faculty Reading Room.  

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