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Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast
http://msta-mich.org/smn

 

In this E-Blast

Leadership

The Science Matters Network in Michigan

      1. Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science
      2. Watch Mayim Blalik’s Keynote Presentation from #NSTA2014 in Boston
      3. What is Science Matters?

Next Generation Science Standards

      1. The Best of the NGSS Virtual Conference
      2. EQuIP Rubric for Science Released
      3. NGSS News Roundup

Michigan Department of Education

      1. Spring 2015 MDE Assessment Schedule Released

Information for Students (and Parents too!)

      1. Earth Day – NASA -- Selfie
      2. Upcoming Deadlines

Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

      1. Take the Dow Teacher Challenge
      2. Join the GPM Master Teachers Cohort for the 2014-2015 School Year
      3. MAEP Environmental Education Grants
      4. Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go Week-Long Summer Workshop
      5. Become a Habitat Hero
      6. Upcoming Deadlines

Information for K-12 Teachers

      1. Consider Being a Presenter at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference
      2. MSELA Dinner Meeting on May 2
      3. PBS LearningMedia is FREE for You!
      4. U of M’s Institute for Innovation in Education Workshop
      5. FREE Project-Based Learning PD Educator Workshop at the Detroit Institute of Arts
      6. Earth Day – NASA – Selfie
      7. NASA Wavelength: A One Stop Shop for Peer Reviewed Educational Resources
      8. Get Fascinated by Feathers with New All About Bird Biology Site
      9. Science Literacy Resources
      10. Upcoming Deadlines

Ideas from the TwitterverseInformation for High School Teachers

      1. FREE Multimedia Online Environmental Science Course
      2. Upcoming Deadlines

Information for Middle School and High School Teachers

      1. Upcoming Deadlines

Information for Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers

      1. REE Feathered Friends Activities

Information for Elementary School Teachers

      1. Connecting Science to the Common Core

Science Humor

      Bad Science Jokes

March Contest Winners

Here are your science education resources and announcements for April 17 – May 7, 2014 provided by the Michigan Science Matters Network. Please forward this eBlast on to other science educators in your school/district. If you have questions or comments, please forward them to:

David Bydlowski

Michigan Coordinator—Science Matters Network

bydlowd@resa.net
http://bap.nsta.org
http://www.msta-mich.org/smn

or

Sue Campbell
MSTA Representative
sue@ucia2.com
http://www.msta-mich.org

Please Note: If you do not receive the full e-blast you can view it at:

http://msta-mich.org/smn

or request a Word/pdf version by emailing: bydlowd@resa.net

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1. Leadership

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”

Max DePree

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science consultant and lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn, for contributing this leadership quote.

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The Science Matters Network In Michigan

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2a. Another Free Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science

I hope you will enjoy this free gift that you can access in the NSTA Learning Center. The gift is a set of resources on the topic of “Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science.” To access just visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=VOlOP6z40a

Resources include:

3-D Teaching Models for All

Assessment—Asking the Big Questions

From DNA to Disorder

It Skips a Generation

Learning Genetics with Paper Pets

Living or Nonliving

Pond Life Magnified

And many more………….

If you have not joined the NSTA Learning Center yet, you can have an invitation to join sent directly to you, just send an email to:

bydlowd@resa.net

and an invitation will be sent directly to you.

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2b. Watch Mayim Blalik’s Keynote Presentation from #NSTA14 in Boston

Mayim Bialik from the hit TV series The Big Bang Theory drew thousands of teachers to the NSTA General Session at our National Conference on Science Education in Boston on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bialik (Actress, STEM Advocate, Teacher, and Texas Instruments Brand Ambassador) talked about the teacher who inspired her to become a scientist, then sat down with NSTA President Bill Badders to answer questions from the audience. Just visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2E5brNOzg8&feature=youtu.be

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2c. What is Science Matters?

Science Matters is an initiative from the National Science Teachers Association that promotes quality science education, resources, and professional development opportunities. Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network. Your state coordinator is David Bydlowski. You can contact him at:

bydlowd@resa.net

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Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. The Best of the NGSS Virtual Conference

In March, almost 600 educators nationwide took part in a day-long virtual conference where they learned practical strategies for integrating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their classrooms. Now available is the best of the NGSS Practices in Action virtual conference archive for $79 for NSTA Members and $99 for nonmembers. For more information, please visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/VC_NGSS.aspx

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3b. EQuIP Rubric for Science Released

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science was recently released. The Rubric provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The purpose of the Rubric is to (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.

This document was developed in response to the recognition among educators that while curriculum and instruction will need to shift with the adoption of the NGSS, there is currently a lack of high-quality, NGSS-aligned materials. The power of the rubric is in the feedback it provides curriculum developers and in the productive conversations educators can have while evaluating materials.

For curriculum developers, the rubric and review process provide evidence on the quality and alignment of a lesson or unit to the NGSS. Additionally, the rubric and review process generate feedback on how materials can be further improved and more closely aligned to the NGSS.

As more NGSS-aligned lessons and units are developed, this rubric may change to meet the evolving needs of supporting both educators in evaluating materials and developers in the modification and creation of materials. For example, rubric scoring guides will eventually be added. Additional support materials will also be developed to complement the use of this rubric, such as a professional development guide, a criterion discussion guide, and publishers’ criteria that will be more focused on textbooks and comprehensive curricula.

You can download the rubric at:

http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/EQuIP%20Rubric%20for%20Science%20%26%20Response%20Form_Finalv1.pdf

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3c. NGSS News Roundup

Visit NSTA's NGSS@NSTA Hub to catch the latest news about the Next Generation Science Standards, including adoption updates, implementation efforts, teacher professional development, and more. Recent postings feature an article that explores what museums and science centers are doing to help "teachers adapt to the vision for instruction reflected in the new guidelines" and an essay that argues for a "staged" approach to implementation. Please visit:

http://ngss.nsta.org/latest-news/

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Michigan Department of Education

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4a. Spring 2015 MDE Assessment Schedule Released

The Spring 2015 testing schedule for summative assessments was recently announced. The schedule includes:

Grade 4 Science – April 27 – May 11

Grade 7 Science – April 27 – May 11

Grade 11 (Including Science) – May 4 – June 1

For more information, please visit:

http://michigan.gov/documents/mde/Assessment_Transitions_Communication-April_2_2014_452589_7.pdf

The science interim assessments are still being developed. If you would like more information on these, please visit:

http://michigan.gov/mde/0%2C4615%2C7-140-22709_63192---%2C00.html

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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5a. Earth Day – NASA - Selfie

NASA is promoting a very interesting event for Earth Day 2014 and we would like you to be a part of this. NASA is asking everybody on Earth to help create a new image of the planet composed of individual "selfies" -self-portrait photographs, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or phone camera. On the GLOBE website, select a form in one of the more than 2 dozen languages available, print it and write in your location. Then snap the picture of yourself holding the form. Send your selfie to NASA at #GlobalSelfie via social media. Find the exact instructions, and the form you'll need at:

http://www.globe.gov/news/newsdetail/globe/make-a-globalselfie-with-nasa-on-earth-day

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5b. Upcoming Deadlines

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a variety of fun and friendly competitions to engage your students in the pleasures of science beyond the curriculum. Please visit:

http://www.nsta.org/about/competitions.aspx

April 22, 2014: Deadline for students in grades 5 – 8 to submit a video for the “America’s Top Young Scientist” competition. Please visit:

http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/2014-challenge

April 25, 2014: Best Early Research Symposium at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Please indicate your willingness to participate by contacting Dr. Desmond Murray at (269) 757-1641 and/or via email at murrayd@andrews.edu.

April 25, 2014: Digital Divas Conference for Girls Interested in STEM at Eastern Michigan University. To attend the conference or have your child attend, email bia.hamed@emich.edu to RSVP.

April 25, 2014: Deadline for Students 13 – 19 Years Old to apply to attend the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp at MSU in East Lansing, MI. Please visit:

http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp

May 5, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to enter the Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest. Please visit:

http://keplerart.seti.org/

May 5, 2014: Deadline for HS Students to enter the Thacher Environmental Research Contest. Please visit:

http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/

June 24 – 26, 2014: Grandparents, Grandkids and Grand Valley at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Please visit:

http://www.gvsu.edu/g3

June 30, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the NASA Exploration Design Challenge. Please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI

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Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers

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6a. Take the Dow Teacher Challenge

The Center for Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom! Visit: www.dow.com/education to submit an entry. The deadline for all submissions is May 16, 2014.

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6b. Join the GPM Master Teachers Cohort for the 2014 – 2015 School Year

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is looking for a small cadre of "GPM Master Teachers" to help develop and pilot STEM lessons to be used with elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Selected teachers will earn a stipend for their participation, which will run from July 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015. All of the training and participation will be conducted online. It is anticipated that teachers will spend approximately 10 hours per month working on this collaborative project. Contact NASA's Dorian Janney at:

dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov

if interested. For more information, please read:

http://www.globe.gov/documents/10157/9195756/GPM+MT+application+2014-2015-1.pdf

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6c. MAEP Environmental Education Grants

This is just a reminder that the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals Environmental Education Grant Application for 2014 is available on-line at http://www.maep.org/grants.html

Grants are due September 30, 2014. Grant awards will be presented on December 4th at MAEP’s annual dinner at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. MAEP Environmental Education grants seek to fully fund classroom projects or non-profit programs that reach any number of individuals through hands-on experiential environmental education.

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6d. Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go Week-Long Summer Workshop

This summer, Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go, a collaboration between the Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Academy of Art, is inviting all northern lower-peninsula Michigan K-12 teachers to join them at Cranbrook’s campus in Bloomfield Hills for a free four-day teacher workshop on cross-curricular learning. With funding provided by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, housing, meals and a travel stipend will be provided for to all registered teachers.

2014 Summer Teacher Workshops are June 23 – 26 and August 11 – 14. A maximum of 25 teachers may attend each session.

During their stay, teachers will have the opportunity to explore different fields of study in the sciences and arts and find how connections can be made between the two fields. Through interactive workshops and activities, teachers will have the opportunity to develop ways to better integrate these topics into your classroom. Opportunities to earn a maximum of 30 SCECHs are planned as part of this workshop.

While on campus, teachers will get to explore the Cranbrook community which includes a natural history museum, contemporary art museum, art academy, and K-12 schools. The wooded grounds are home to inspiring art and architecture created by some of the world’s most famous artists and architects of the Modern era. Several miles of walking paths, gardens and other amenities are available.

Lodging arrangements are on campus in the Academy of Art dormitories. A studio space on the Academy of Art campus will also provide teachers with workspace to create lesson plans, test ideas, and work on projects.

Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to teachers within lower-peninsula northern Michigan. You must teach in one of the following counties to qualify: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Bay, Benzie , Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella , Kalkaska, Lake, Leelenau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola , Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, or Traverse.

Further information detailing the workshops can be found at:

http://science.cranbrook.edu/for-teachers/asog/workshop

To register for Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go Summer Teacher Workshops, please visit: http://science.cranbrook.edu/teachers/art-and-science-go/asog-workshop-web-registration

They will contact you shortly afterward to confirm your registration and provide further information.

For more information, please contact Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go at asog@cranbrook.edu or 248-645-3133.

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6e. Become a Habitat Hero

Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth program wants your help in improving schoolyard habitats for birds. They’re excited to announce that they’re offering monthly grants to support teachers in their efforts… thanks to their sponsors at Pennington® Wild Bird Food brand, you can win cash and prizes to support habitat improvements and citizen science monitoring at your school! For full details, please visit:

http://www.birdsleuth.org/habitatchallenge/

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6f. Upcoming Deadlines

Would you like a complete list of grants that has been provided by the National Science Teachers Association? NSTA has put these grant and their deadlines in an easy to follow calendar. It includes: deadline date, description, category, and grade level. To view this list, please visit:

http://www.nsta.org/publications/calendar/

Free grant finding resources for educators and educational institutions, just visit:

http://www.getedfunding.com

May 1, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. Please visit:

www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-application

May 1, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for grants from the Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership. Please visit:

https://www.dom.com/about/education/grants/index.jsp

May 5, 2014: Deadline to nominate an All Star Teacher. Please visit:

http://mlb.mlb.com/allstar-teachers/?partnerId=ed-7959670-659651063

May 16, 2014: Deadline to enter the Dow Teacher Challenge. Please visit:

http://www.dow.com/education

May 25, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Living in a Materials World Grant. Please visit:

http://www.asminternational.org/web/guest/foundation/teachers/teacher-grants-k12

June 1, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the National Weather Association’s Sol Hirsch Educational Grant. Please visit:

http://www.nwas.org/grants/solhirsch.php

July 1, 2014: Deadline to nominate for the Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award. Please visit:

https://www.mestarocks.org/cms/content/grants/oesta

July 28 – August 1, 2014: An Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management Workshop for Teachers at the R.A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. Please visit:

http://www.michiganforests.com/2014Teacher%20Workshop.pdf

September 30, 2014: Deadline for teachers to apply for the MAEP Environmental Education Grants. Please visit:

http://www.maep.org/grants.html

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Information for K-12 Science Teachers

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7a. Consider Being a Presenter at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference

Presenter forms are now available for the 2014 Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association/Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference in Woodhaven, MI. The conference will take place on November 8, 2014. To download a presenter form, please visit:
http://www.mdsta.org/annual-fall-conference

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7b. MSELA Dinner Meeting on May 2

The Michigan Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) invites you to join us them for a dinner meeting on May 2 in Southfield, Michigan.

Being an MSELA member has its advantages:

--- You are eligible to receive a $500.00 professional development grant. Please see the attachment.

--- Attend a program that addresses Safety in the Classroom aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

--- Win free prizes because you are automatically entered into a free MSELA raffle. A drawing for prizes will be on May 2 at the MSELA dinner meeting in Southfield, Michigan. Please see the attachment.

To register for this meeting or for more information on MSELA, please visit:

www.MSELAnow.webs.com

The deadline to register is April 25, 2014.

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7c. PBS LearningMedia is FREE for You!

PBS LearningMedia

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org

is a free digital media resource designed to support curriculum-based teaching and learning from Pre-K through 12th grade. The service offers video clips, audio recordings, photographs, interactive games, primary source documents, and more. For full access to the PBS LearningMedia library, register today - it's free!

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7d. U of M’s Institute for Innovation in Education Workshops

On June 18th, the University of Michigan's Institute for Innovation in Education is hosting an afternoon of workshops in Ann Arbor. Topics include:

1. The Virtual Learning and Teaching Lab (The VLTL): Moving from Professional Development to Problem Solving

2. Making Thinking Visible Using Primary Sources

3. Using Simulation-Based Activities to Achieve Common Core Objectives

4. Experience the Future with Raspberry Pi

5. Video Story Problems: Bringing Real World Math into Classrooms

6. Blog Your Heart Out!

7. Rebooting the Classroom: Developing Gameful Learning

8. Gaming the Informal Economy: Making place-based games to generate empathy and understanding for informal traders

9. Strengthening Student Learning Outcomes Through The Use Of Multi-Media: Melding Technical Abilities and Developing Meaningful Content

For more information, click the link below.

http://iie.icsmich.org/#!ann-arbor-workshops-june-2014/c1jlu

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7e. FREE Project-Based Learning PD Educator Training at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Free Project-Based Learning Professional Development Educator Event at the Detroit Institute of Arts

July 8-11, 2014

Detroit is experiencing enormous transformations requiring the city to re-imagine itself. How might educators and students inform and impact Detroit's future and connect that community impact to their own hometown? The Detroit 1933-2033 (D33) Teacher Institute will give teachers first-hand experience exploring these local challenges, as well as an opportunity to develop ways for students to impact their city's future.

During the D33 workshop, you'll explore opportunities for student-driven civic engagement while taking on the role of creator, producer, publisher and much more. Each day you'll work in a team with other educators to problem-solve challenges using experts and resources from the Detroit Institute of Arts, public input, a range of local experts and entrepreneurs, and a variety of mobile and digital tools. Be prepared to problem-solve, collaborate, create, and make an impact! By week's end, you will have a unique plan for your own students to take action and make a positive impact in their world.

To learn more about obtaining CEUs, the workshop agenda, and learning outcomes, please visit http://projectmash.org/detroit.html

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7f. Earth Day – NASA - Selfie

NASA is promoting a very interesting event for Earth Day 2014 and we would like you to be a part of this. NASA is asking everybody on Earth to help create a new image of the planet composed of individual "selfies" -self-portrait photographs, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or phone camera. On the GLOBE website, select a form in one of the more than 2 dozen languages available, print it and write in your location. Then snap the picture of yourself holding the form. Send your selfie to NASA at #GlobalSelfie via social media. Find the exact instructions, and the form you'll need at:

http://www.globe.gov/news/newsdetail/globe/make-a-globalselfie-with-nasa-on-earth-day

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7g. NASA Wavelength: A One Stop Shop for Peer Reviewed Educational Resources

NASA Wavelength is your one-stop-shop for NASA science mission directorate (SMD), peer-review educational resources for educators of all age levels! This online catalog contains Earth & space science resources that can be sorted by grade level, materials cost, time available, subject, and more! Information is available on AAAS benchmark alignment for most resources. In addition, the site has a brand new list building tool, allowing educators to create customized lists which may include online resources outside of the NASA Wavelength collection. A new blog has also been added, with posts scheduled on NGSS, tips and tricks for using NASA resources, and information on events and professional development opportunities. Stop by and see what's new! Please visit:

http://www.nasawavelength.org

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7h. Get Fascinated by Feathers With New All About Bird Biology Site

Feathers are amazing: they're light, aerodynamic, beautifully patterned, colorful, waterproof, and warm. To help curious minds of all ages learn about these impressive structures, the Cornell Lab just launched an in-depth, immersive website. It's the first stage of their new All About Bird Biology project, with more to come. Try out All About Feathers, including these great elements:

* Self-paced interactive features with custom art and video

* Free Powerpoint downloads of all the illustrations and animations, especially useful for teachers

* Accompanying reference article that provides quick access to the science

* A video library featuring 90+ videos that bring bird biology to life

Please visit:

http://biology.allaboutbirds.org/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=7dd922b88f-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_4_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-7dd922b88f-302899577

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7i. Science Literacy Resources

California has developed a professional learning module on science and literacy. You can find this module at:

http://www.myboe.org/portal/default/Content/Viewer/Content?action=2&scId=506599

The module takes you through the process incorporate literacy strategies of Common Core into the classroom. There are classroom videos of the various grades of the process being implemented as well as a self-guided process for the module. Additionally there is a facilitators guide, if you want to do this module as a workshop.

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7j. Upcoming Deadlines

April 19 – 27, 2014: National Park Week. Please visit:

http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

April 22, 2014: Earth Day. Please visit:

http://www.earthday.org

April 25, 2014: Deadline to register for the Spring MSELA meeting on May 2. Please visit:

www.MSELAnow.webs.com

May 5 – 10, 2014: National Astronomy Week. Please visit:

http://www.the-observatory.org/key-stage-national-astronomy-week

May 8, 2014: Space Day at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. Please visit:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/specialevents.jsp?event=class&partnerId=ed-7884307-649601153

May 16, 2014: National Endangered Species Day. Please visit:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/endangeredspeciesday/

May 22, 2014: Weather Day at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. Please visit:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/specialevents.jsp?event=class&partnerId=ed-7884307-649601153

June 23 – 27, 2014: Forest Ecology Teacher Institute for 3rd to 12th Grade Teachers on Belle Isle. Please contact Joan Chadde:

jchadde@mtu.edu

August 12 – 16, 2014: MESTA (Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association) Annual Conference. Please visit:

http://mestarocks.org

November 8, 2014: MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference at Woodhaven HS in Woodhaven, MI. Please visit:

http://mdsta.org

February 26 – 28, 2015: MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

http://msta-mich.org

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Twitterverse

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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

Meredith Stewart ?@msstewart Teacher's Most Powerful Role? Providing Context http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/teachers-most-powerful-role-adding-context/

USASEF@USAScienceFest

Build open APIs for #citizenscience at @SciStarter 's hackfest! ow.ly/vJbnj

Erin Klein@KleinErin

K-2 Online, Interactive Science via @science nce4UsSays zite.to/1gUZckQ

edutopia@edutopia

Worth a read. MT @MindShiftKQED: 3 Things to Unlearn About Learning: edut.to/1iQmriB. #edreform

Nate Smith@nthdesign

Overheard: "It shouldn't be called formative assessment, it should be called informative assessment!"

Julie Bohnenkamp @bohnenkampj Possible answer to the age old question "What are you doing for students who don't have Internet at home?" http://www.kajeet.com/4u/education/Smartspot.html

The Climate Group@ClimateGroup

"It's not just that we can stop it,we've a responsibility to do so" Desmond Tutu #ActonClimate ow.ly/vG5u7 pic.twitter.com/kInoH51Oiz

NOAA Climate.gov@NOAAClimate

Via @NWS: 50% chance of #ElNino is no guarantee it will develop or relieve #drought in West 1.usa.gov/1jwpiiC

350 dot org@350

Coal does not alleviate poverty, it aggravates it ow.ly/vG08h A response to the dirty coal industry by @350india @chaitanyakumar

Two TeacherZ@askteacherzcom

Students MUST enjoy school -- passion 2learn will not blossom unless there's a sense of "comfort, safety & joy." #FortessOfSolitude #mschat

Tammy Neil@MathNeil

Everything I do in class is an assessment. But not everything gets a grade. #mschat

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. Free Multimedia Online Environmental Science Course

The Habitable Planet is a free multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The website provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field. Please visit:

http://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/

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9b. Upcoming Deadlines

April 30, 2014: Michigan HS Math and Science Symposium at GVSU Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

http://www.gvsu.edu/rmsc/michigan-high-school-math-and-science-symposium-94.htm

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Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers

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10a. Upcoming Deadlines

May 2, 2014: Deadline to register for the Polar Education Master Class. Please visit:

http://www.polareducator.org/activities/master-class

August 3 – 7, 2014: Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:

http://www.bcce2014.org

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Information for Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers

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11a. FREE “Feathered Friends” Activities

You are welcome to download free Feathered Friends lessons and begin engaging your students in learning through birds. Please visit:

http://www.birdsleuth.org/pennington/

Good news! After you download the free lessons, you'll be emailed a link to get a free bird feeder for your window (small S&H charge applies).

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers

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12a. Connecting Science to the Common Core

Moving Toward NGSS: Connecting Science to Common Core with Picture Perfect Science Lessons

April 21–May 9, 2014

Learn practical ways to connect the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with the Common Core State Standards, English Language Arts through the use of high-quality, science-related picture books.

Attend three live web seminars led by Emily Morgan. In the days between the live sessions, you will complete readings, implement model lessons in your classroom, and participate in discussion forums with a community of K-5 educators.

  • Ideal for the K-5 educator, this course will:
  • Provide model lessons that teach the NGSS for grades K-5;
  • Show you how to integrate Common Core reading and writing standards into elementary science lessons;
  • Help you explore the 5E instructional model as a way to sequence elementary science lessons;
  • Introduce you to several quality science trade books that can be used to teach the NGSS and Common Core ELA standards.

For more information, please visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/NGSS4.aspx

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Science Humor

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13. Bad Science Jokes

There’s nothing funny about mitosis jokes.

Once you say one, everyone splits.

There’s a band called 1023MG.

They haven’t had any gigs yet.

Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero?

He’s 0K now.

A logician’s wife has a baby.

The doctor immediately hands the newborn to him.

She asks, “Is it a boy or a girl?”

He replies, “Yes.”

The hipster chemist burned himself because he put his hand on the beaker before it was cool.

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14. April Contest – Win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are 3 - $10 Starbucks Gift Cards.

To win one of these prizes, send an email to:

David Bydlowski

bydlowd@resa.net

State Coordinator for the Michigan Science Matters Network

You MUST INCLUDE your name AND mailing address AND your school name/district. (If you want the card, sent to your home, please provide your home address.)

You may only enter once and only one entry per email address. Respondents 2, 12, and 22 will receive a prize. We will post all of the winners in our next E-Blast. Good luck to you and thank you for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.

If you don’t win, try again next month. Thanks to everyone for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.

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