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Best Practices

Each STEMAZing Workshop will have a focus on one or more of the best practices shown below.

Annotation Bookmarks

Annotation Bookmarks

Designed by STEMAZing Teacher Leader Danielle Swartz, these annotation bookmarks are perfect to use with students from K-3 (and maybe even beyond)! ...
Beyond Average - Standard Deviation and Standard Error

Beyond Average – Standard Deviation and Standard Error

Mean is meaningless. Help you students do just a little more with continuous data in order to better tell the story of their data ...
Crosscut Symbols

Crosscut Symbols

The Crosscut Symbols below are from Peter A’Hearn. These can be found at http://crosscutsymbols.weebly.com/ with lots of supporting information including critical questions, questions that connect to science and engineering practices, and more for each concept ...
Engineering Design Process

Engineering Design Process

This version of the Engineering Design Process from NC State is based on Engineering is Elementary ...
Engineering Design Process University of Arizona

Engineering Design Process University of Arizona

Adapted from the UA College of Engineering ...
Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker describes ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time. They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage ...
Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind

16 Habits of Mind that we want to develop in our students ...
Habits of Mind Rays

Habits of Mind Rays

16 Habits of Mind we want to develop in our students represented as rays. A great activity is to have students draw their own symbols for each of the habits ...
Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

If we could recommend only one book to help with implementation of the new science standards, this would be it! When it’s time for a game change, you need a guide to the new rules. Helping ...
IDC - Independent, Dependent, and Control

IDC – Independent, Dependent, and Control

How to turn just about anything into a science experiment! ...
IDC (not IDK) how to turn absolutely anything into a science experiment

IDC (not IDK) How to turn absolutely anything into a science experiment!

Notice something interesting! Wonder how it works? Use this process to turn absolutely anything (well almost) into a science experiment. Learn about independent, dependent, and control variables. Brainstorm independent variables which can be systematically manipulated ...
Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Let your students explore the nature of science and use the science practices when they build this paper circuit and explore the rules that govern which LEDs will light at the same time and which ...
NC State Engineering Design Process

NC State Engineering Design Process

One of our favorite versions of the Engineering Design Process, especially the part of failure! ...
Newsela Feathery Dinosaur Article at 3 reading levels

Newsela Feathery Dinosaur Article at 3 reading levels

This feathery dinosaur probably flew, but not like any bird you know Grade 3 Reading Level Grade 5 Reading Level Grade 7 Reading Level ...
Next Generation Science Storylines

Next Generation Science Storylines

The Next Generation Science Storylines project is dedicated to providing tools that support teachers in developing, adapting, and teaching with strongly aligned NGSS materials in classrooms around the country. We like their Science and Engineering ...
NGSS Practices Web from NextGenStorylines

NGSS Practices Web from NextGenStorylines

The scientific method is out! It is all about the web! ...
Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

One of the foundation documents on which the new Arizona Science Standards are based ...
Questions that Blend CCCs and SEPs

Questions that Blend CCCs and SEPs

These questions merge ideas from the crosscutting concepts and the science and engineering practices ...
Reverse Engineering Design Process

Reverse Engineering Design Process

Reverse engineering embodies the true spirit of "break it to make it". Reverse engineering involves taking something apart to see how it was designed and then using that information to either make improvements or design ...
RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

Let students build this paper circuit to explore the REAL primary colors, which are NOT blue, yellow, and red! ...
Science ELA and Math Practices Venn Diagram

Science ELA and Math Practices Venn Diagram

Use this document to show the overlap between the practices used in science/engineering, English language arts, and math ...
STEM Teaching Tools

STEM Teaching Tools

Practice briefs and tools which will help any educator focused on shifting their science instruction toward 3-dimensional instruction. These very short pieces highlight ways of working on specific issues that come up during STEM teaching ...
photo of a journal made with the STEMAZing hack

STEMAZing Journal Hack

Make graph paper STEMAZing journals that require no staples or tape, using an old bookbinding trick ...

STEMAZing Stories

In June 2018, thanks to support from the Pima County School Superintendent's Office and Thomas R. Brown Foundations, twelve of our STEMAZing Teacher Leaders were given the opportunity to tell their STEMAZing Stories. With help ...
The Great Fossil Find

The Great Fossil Find

Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt. Following a script read by the teacher, students "find" (remove from envelope) paper "fossils" of some unknown creature, only a few at a time. Each time, they ...
The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The most comprehensive article, from Mom Loves Best, about why playtime is important and what it looks like from birth to 4+ years old. Highly recommended for early childhood educators and parents alike ...
Theory Cubes - Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory Cubes – Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory cubes is the BEST nature of science lesson of all time. Engage students to use evidence to support their claims and then demonstrate the way science works by not revealing the "right" answer. NOTE: ...
Theory Cubes (Spanish) - Teoria de los Cubos

Theory Cubes (Spanish) – Teoria de los Cubos

Naturaleza de Leccion de Ciencia ...
Thinking Collaborative Strategies

Thinking Collaborative Strategies

Strategies, like Expert Jigsaw and First Turn, Last Turn, are a fantastic ways to engage learners. This links to all the Thinking Collaborative Strategies which will give you lots of options for mixing up the ...

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