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Crosscutting Concepts – The “Lost” dimension

Crosscutting Concepts – The “Lost” dimension

Teachers are aware that the new science standards are three-dimensional in nature.  Each standard is made up of a disciplinary core idea, a science and engineering practice, and a crosscutting concept. The disciplinary core idea (DCI) is...

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Science and Literacy: Mentor texts

Science and Literacy: Mentor texts

Elementary teachers are likely familiar with the use of mentor texts with their students to help strength and deepen understanding within a variety of ELA standards.  But, have you considered how those same mentor texts can be...

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Teach Courageously

Teach Courageously

As we embark on another academic year – this year takes on a new perspective as this is the year full implementation of the new Iowa Science standards is expected in our schools. (remembering that middle school...

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Helping sometimes hurts

Helping sometimes hurts

We’ve all been there – we desperately want our students to be successful and so we have become masters at “being helpful” in the science classroom.  We see students forgetting directions, not recording data correctly, getting the...

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Prevent the Summer Slide Continues

Prevent the Summer Slide Continues

Several points of research show how student achievement can drop off over the summer if they don’t stay engaged academically. Wondering how to keep your students reading over the summer? Central Rivers AEA, in cooperation with Mackin...

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New Resource: The Wonder of Science

New Resource: The Wonder of Science

With so many resources to look through and little to no time to actually peruse them, it is easy to overlook some valuable websites that can assist teachers in the implementation of the new science standards.  One...

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Fitting it all in – Start with the science

Fitting it all in – Start with the science

You have probably heard the time-management parable regarding “filling the jar.”  For those who have not, the story goes something like this: a man fills a jar with golf balls and asks “Is the jar full?” To...

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What is Inquiry Science?

What is Inquiry Science?

The Iowa Science standards, with their foundation in the Next Generation Science Standards, bring not only new standards but also require teachers begin to utilize an inquiry-based approach to science education.  Many teachers will cite inquiry science...

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