Calling all middle school teachers: NYSCI wants you for our Comic Book Activity Design Team!

As part of the Comic Book Activity Design Team, you’ll work with NYSCI staff and other educators to design activities and classroom resources that will help support the integration of a new interactive comic book, Transmissions: Astonishing Tales of Human-Animal Diseases, in schools across the country. The ebook aims to demystify how humans can get diseases that also infect birds and other animals, and helps build science inquiry skills.

Those selected will receive a $500 stipend, acknowledgment in the curricular materials, and early access to the Transmissions ebook.


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Monarchs and More Curriculum guide

With versions for primary (grades K–2), intermediate (grades 3–5), and middle level (grades 6–8) learners, this curriculum from the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab provides age-appropriate lessons exploring the monarch butterfly’s migration behaviors and life cycle. In Migration Game, an outdoor role-play, students must think and act like a monarch as they travel from their northern state to their overwintering grounds in Mexico, following “butterfly rules” such as “drink nectar from a cup daily” and “fly only when the Sun is out.” Activities exploring the monarch’s life cycle include Comparing Life Stages (primary) and Measuring Larval Growth and Development (intermediate and middle level). The curriculum also contains supplemental materials, including printable illustrations of the monarch’s anatomy, super-magnified images of monarchs seen through the university’s Scanning Electron Microscope, and links to monarch-related citizen science projects.


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Periodic Table Lessons

Learn something new about every element on the periodic table! Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform, and most appropriate for use in high school and college chemistry classrooms, this interactive periodic table presents a short (5–10 minute) video on every element, along with a lesson that helps educators make the most of the video’s content. The videos are catchy and informative, describing interesting facts about each element and its uses, and the accompanying lessons feature multiple-choice and open-ended questions that invite students to Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss.

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Video Series: How Alcohol Affects the Brain

This animated video series and corresponding lessons for grades 5–6 were produced by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility as part of the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix campaign. Videos and lessons examine the effects of alcohol on the brain, central nervous system, cerebellum, cerebral cortex, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and medulla. Content supports National Health Education Standards, Common Core State Standards, and NGSS. The website also offers interactive classroom activities, vocabulary exercises, comprehension questions, and a facilitator’s guide.

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Reports From the National Academies

The Academies have produced reports to guide educators and policymakers in improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction at all grade levels, preschool through graduate school. STEM reports available for free downloading include America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science; Engineering in K–12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects; Learning Science Through Computer Games and Simulations; and Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K–8 Science Classrooms.

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Listen UP! Activity Book

Teach K–5 students about noise pollution and how to protect their hearing and health with this activity book from the EPA. Featuring facts, diagrams, photographs, word games, puzzles, and more, the book helps students understand how we hear, how sound is measured, and how to identify which sounds can harm your hearing. In addition, the book provides suggestions for students to protect against hearing loss, such as by turning down loud television sets or wearing hearing protectors while attending or participating in loud activities.


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