Cell City Mystery

This biology-themed learning game helps middle level students understand how cells function. When playing, students explore science content and practice reading comprehension as they help Sheriff Nucleus figure out what’s causing Cell City’s inefficiencies. Is it a slacking mitochondrion, an over-zealous cell membrane, or a confused ribosome? According to the game’s producer, Readorium—developer of educational software that teaches reading comprehension skills to students in grades 3–8 through scientific texts—more learning games are forthcoming.

Full Link: http://www.philome.la/Readorium/cell-city-mystery/play

Introducing Bioenergy

Try this introductory bioenergy activity with your high school biology or environmental science students. Developed by Jason de Koff, assistant professor of Agronomy and Soil Science at Tennessee State University, with funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant, the lesson presents an overview of bioenergy; a labactivity in which students investigate which kind of organic material, or feedstock, yeast prefers to make ethanol, a biofuel; and a bingo game that helps students remember the many kinds of feedstocks that can be used to produce biodiesel.

Full Link: http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/jdekoff/documents/Bioenergy%20Activity.pdf

Camp Wonderopolis

Who said summer learning wasn’t fun? At Camp Wonderopolis—an online summer learning adventure for elementary and middle level students from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)—registered students have a blast and build STEM understandings and literacy skills along the way! This year’s theme, “Flex Your Wonder,” focuses on health and fitness topics, covering everything from the Olympics to nutrition and more. Students “wonder” through six learning sections at their own pace; each section has videos, activities, Maker experiments to try, and recommended readings.
Full Link: http://camp.wonderopolis.org/

For New Science Teachers

At this website, teachers can find advice for managing a middle level or high school science classroom. Written by blogger and veteran educator Michelle Brown, a current science specialist and former classroom teacher, the blog presents tips for keeping students engaged in lessons (e.g., use a Science Picture of the Day to spark interest and discussion among students), as well as ideas for how to productively respond to a defiant student in the classroom without disrupting the learning environment (e.g., take time to breathe and mediate to gain control of your emotions before responding in anger). Other blog posts address topics such as giving “wise” feedback and finding additional resources when you need more help.

Full Link: http://fornewscienceteachers.blogspot.com/

Storybird

Encourage K–12 students to write better and read often with Storybird. Used in K–12 classrooms worldwide, free for any educational setting, and compatible with any curriculum or device, this unique language arts tool uses professional illustrations as the spark to inspire students to write (and post online, if desired) their own stories in many subjects, including science. The website provides the tools and illustrations to help students and adults create original works. Typically elementary students create picture books, middle and high school students (and teachers) create long-form chapter books, and students of all ages create poetry works.

The books are as varied as the students you teach: For example, a site search with the parameters “popular all time,” “education,” and “all formats” turned up science-themed works such as “101 Words Related to Water,” “Blooming Questions” (an introduction to Bloom’s Taxonomy), “Animal Safari,” “Science Is Everything,” and “The Water Cycle.” Teachers can also access tips on using the tool in the classroom on the Storybird blog.

Organic Farming Curriculum: High School

Georgia Organics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting locally grown food and organic farms, has produced a curriculum for high school students and adults to learn about organic farming and gardening. The curriculum, Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening: An Instructor’s Guide, explores the basics of organics—including soils, soil biology, soil management, plant biology, crop management, composting, and marketing—through videos, lab exercises, student activities, and PowerPoint presentations. Teachers can use the curriculum in its entirety, or select sections to supplement a general course on agriculture or gardening. The curriculum is free to download.

 

Full Link: http://georgiaorganics.org/for-farmers/fundamentals-of-organic-farming-and-gardening-an-instructors-guide-revised-for-2009/

FREE GRADUATE CREDITS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS (Grades 5-9)

This opportunity provides science teachers of grades 5-9 a chance to receive up to 14 free graduate credits in Science Education from City College to use toward a Master’s degree or salary differential. Selected teachers will be asked to participate in the Master Teacher cohort and receive an additional 3 free graduate credits, classroom support and resources during the 2016-2017 School Year. Additionally, building leaders are invited to participate in workshops focused on leadership strategies designed to support science educators. If you are interested, please complete the MSP application by June 30, 2016.

Full Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KB95FHX

For more information, please contact Teneika Benn at tbenn@schools.nyc.gov.