MAINE SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION Annual Conference September 29 & 30, 2006 Buker School – Augusta, Maine

Distinguished Opportunities for Science Education
Conference Program
www.mainescienceteachers.org

*Captivation, Inc. *The Rock Detective *Pearson Scott Foresman *WGBH Teachers Domain *Science Naturally *Usborne Books *Prentice Hall *Delta Education *EnergyTeachers.org *Holt Rinehart and Winston Project Learning Tree Science Olympiad The Sky Connection Ferry Beach Ecology School Maine Math Science Alliance Maine Environmental Education Association Maine Department of Environmental Protection Maine Conservation School Maine Energy Education Program Chewonki NSTA EPSCor
Starred exhibitors donated door prizes by the time of publication.
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MSTA Annual Conference September 29th and 30th, 2006 Buker School Augusta Theme: Distinguished Opportunities for Science Educators Friday September 29th 7:30 – 8:30 Registration – Buker School Lobby 8:30 – 8:45 MSTA Meeting Gymnasium ? 9:00 – 11:30 Workshop 1 9:00 – 10:00 Session 1 10:15 – 11:15 Session 2 11:15 – 12:15 12:00 – 1:00 1:00 – 3:30 1:00 – 2:00 2:15 – 3:15 3:30 6:00 – 8:00 LUNCH Visit the Exhibitors Workshop 2 Session 3 Session 4 Door Prizes ? Family Science Night The Sky Connection – Portable Planetarium

Friday, September 29, 2006 Workshop 1 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. - Friday Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Grades: K-12 Session: W1 Room: 1 Content: Professional Presenters: Page Keeley, Senior Program Director Experience and learn how to use a variety of assessment probes that uncover preconceptions, engage students in uncovering their own thinking, spark inquiry, and inform instructional decisions. In this session you will engage with the author of the NSTA best-selling book, Uncovering Student Ideas in Science- 25 Formative Assessment Probes, Volume 1 and samples of student work to learn about assessment for learning. The session will highlight a variety of probes across grade levels and content areas and instructional strategies that come from research on student learning. Several copies of the book will be given away as door prizes. The ABC’s of Ecology – An Educators Guide to Grades: 4-6 Learning Outside Session: W1 Room: 10 Content: Life Presenters: Kim Schutsky, Program Director Ferry Beach Ecology School This session is designed to inspire educators to teach young, curious adventurers how to have fun outside and make connections to real world environments - - be it schoolyard, backyard, or local parks and nature areas. Be prepared to go outside and get real! Session 1 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Friday Designing for Inquiry Grades: pre-service/ new teachers Professional

Saturday September 30th 7:30 – 8:30 Registration – Buker School Lobby Breakfast - Gymnasium 8:30 – 11:00 Workshop 3 8:30 – 9:30 Session 5 9:45 – 10:45 Session 6 10:45 – 11:45 12:00 – 1:00 1:15 – 3:30 1:15 – 2:15 2:30 – 3:30 3:30 LUNCH Expedition to Everest, John Bagnulo Workshop 4 Session 7 Session 8 Door Prizes ?

Session: S1 Room: 12 Content: Presenters: Janice M. Rey, Ed. D This presentation targets K-8 pre-service and new teachers, who are interested in planning a hands-on/minds-on science program. Participants will work with a planning, teaching, and reflecting model. They will see how the model assists inquiry planning that engages learners, complies with learning and teaching standards, and aligns with constructivist learning theories. What Do You Want to Know About Student Learning Grades: 3-6 Session: S1 Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Literacy Presenters: Janice M. Rey, Ed. D Assistant Professor St. Joseph’s College We will investigate three dimensions of learning: Content Knowledge, Conducting Investigations and most importantly, Building Explanations using examples and literacy connections from the Full Option Science System ( FOSS) and how they meet the Maine Learning Results for Science. GOMMEA: Achieving the Standards through Marine Grades: K-12 Education Session: S1 Room: 5 Content: Life Presenters: Gayle Bowness Mark Wiley Would you like to bring Marine Science into your classroom? GOMMEA (Gulf of M aine Marine Education Association) can help you. Come learn about exciting Marine Education resources, upcoming National Conferences (to be held right here in Maine), and scholarship opportunities for you and your fellow teachers to work with GOMMEA to develop Marine Science units and lesson plans.
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Session 1 - continued 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Friday
Create a Virtual Message in a Bottle: Combining Science, Mathematics, Geography, and Critical Thinking

Session 2 - continued 10:15 – 11:15 - Friday Grades: 5-8 Exploring Air – Developing Appropriate Concepts and Grades: K-2 Skills for First and Second Grade Session: S2 Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Physical Presenters: Knansie Griffing Participants will experience materials, inquiry activities and reading materials from the full Option Science System (FOSS) to meet the Maine Learning Results for Science. A Flexible Resource for Exploring Weekly Changes in Grades: 6-10 the World’s Environment Session: S2 Room: 6 Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Lori Agan Monitoring natural events around the globe is useful, but when students begin to track the events themselves, the Earth/Space really comes alive. Learn about a free resource that your students can use to journal scientific events and record data around the globe. Research Based Science in the Middle School Grades: 7-9 Classroom Session: S2 Room: 12 Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Barbara Fortier This session will walk participants through the steps of a research project that focuses on the Sun-Earth/Space connection. Participants will learn how to find scientific data on the internet, instruct students on the process of graphing and analyzing data, and view a variety of ways in which students may present their data and conclusions. Ideas for modifying the research for slower learners will also be addressed. Zebra Fish in the Classroom for Developing Lab Grades: 6-8 Report Skills and Learning Vertebrate Development Session: S2 Room: 7 Content: Life Presenters: Richard Glueck Zebra fish are fairly easy to cultivate in the classroom. Spawning, hatching, and development are completed within 72 hours, providing immediate gratification to young middle school students. Lab report expectations and vertebrate development are topics undertaken at Orono Middle School, with a variety of other possible experiments available. Using zebra fish as living material reduces concerns about ethical classroom practices while providing a readily accessible specimen for microscope study. References, example lab reports, classroom photos, and discussion will be reviewed in this session. Immersing Maine’s 5th and 6th Graders in Marine Grades: 5-6 Science at GMRI Session: S2 Room: Game Room Content: Life Presenters: Justine Glynn At GMRI, 5th and 6th grade students become immersed in Marine Science as they solve the “Mystery of the X-Fish”. Come and experience the “Mystery” and learn about our multimedia, hands-on, universal access program. Find out about on-line resources and lesson plans about the Gulf of Maine that are geared towards students in the middle grades.

Session: S1 Room: Karate Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Michael Marks, The Sky Connection We will use a portable EduTariumTM as a scale model of Earth/Space to concurrently draw from Earth/Space science, mathematics, and geography curricula with critical thinking to send a message in a bottle to rescuers. Attendees will leave with one approach to integrating multi-discipline subject matter into the classroom. Most of this presentation will be conducted inside an EduTarium™ dome with a limit of 20 attendees. The dome facilitates, but is not critical to implementing these techniques in the classroom. Is Teaching Hands-On Science Worse than having a Grades: K-12 Root Canal? Session: S1 Room: 6 Content: Life Presenters: Paul Reinbold Fasten Your Seatbelts: This hands-on workshop is where teams of participants will be conducting experiments using the TEACHING TANK with demonstrations in a visually stimulating, fast-paced, 60-minute, nonstop presentation. Both hands-on activities and demonstrations will take place during this workshop wit the visually exciting TEACHING TANK and its family of teaching aids. Topics include: making observations, color mixing, diffusion, hydroponics, enzyme action, bubbles, water wheels, random sampling, etc. (Limited to first 40 educators.) Model Fuel Cell Car Competition Grades: 9-12 Session: S1 Room: Game Room Content: Earth/Physical Presenters: Dave Carpenter Erik West Peter Zack, Jr. Spend a lively hour with science professionals. Through interactive discussion and hands-on demonstrations, mentors from Maine School Science Volunteers will demonstrate how you, too, can bring a real, live scientist into your classroom - for FREE!!! Session 2 10:15 – 11:15 - Friday A Pollution Solution – No Idling Project: Creating Grades: K-8 Clean Air Zones Session: S2 Room: 5 Content: Professional Presenters: Deb Avalone-King Andrea B. Freed, Ph.D We are looking for teachers interested in engaging their students in creating Clean Air Zones at their schools and in their communities. “ The No Idling – Pollution Solution Project” incorporates research, educating drivers and conducting a community-based social marketing project promoting no idling in the drop-off zones at schools and around town. Classroom activities are aligned with the Maine Learning Results and address topics such as energy, air quality and health, ozone and particulate air pollution and global climate change.

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Workshop 2 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Friday Moon Gazing: Inquiry and The Learning Cycle Grades: 4-8 Session: W2 Room: 5 Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Andrea B. Freed Ph. D In a month-long inquiry based Moon Gazing Unit, students observe the moon, ask questions, develop hypotheses and collaborate with classmates. We will share some of the activities, misconceptions, disequilibrium, and assessment strategies used during this unit that incorporates the Learning Cycle. Signs of Fall, Photosynthesis, and Tree ID Grades: 3-8 Session: W2 Room: 1 Content: Life Presenters: Pat Maloney What better time to get outside and study trees. During the session, we’ll head outside, do some tree id, draw a little fall, and conduct a couple of photosynthesis experiments. Literature links, website references, and local tree facts included. Bring your favorite nature journal and pen or just bring yourself and explore, observe, and enjoy an autumn moment. The Themes (Systems, Constancy and Change, Scale, Grades: K-12 and Models) and Proposed Revised Maine Learning Results Session: W2 Room: 10 Content: Professional Presenters: Anita Bernhardt Examine the key ideas of systems, models, scale and constancy, and change as described by the national standards. Use that examination to consider the proposed revised MLR standards and consider ways in which the themes can be incorporated into existing instruction. Session 3 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Friday Food for Thought: Teaching Ecology Through Grades: K-12 Organic Gardening Session: S3 Room: 6 Content: Life Presenters: Brigid Franey A garden is a compact, human-controlled ecosystem that provides an awesome setting to teach the principles of ecology. In this workshop, we will do activities that interpret garden processes through an ecologist’s viewpoint and learn how to adapt these activities for people who do not have access to a garden.
Create a Virtual Message in a Bottle: Combining Science, Mathematics, Geography, and Critical Thinking

Survey of Enacted Curriculum (SEC): Getting and Grades: K-12 Using Data that Supports Improvement Session: S3 Room: Content: Professional Presenters: Francis Eberle The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum are a set of free, online surveys that provide detailed information about what’s actually happening in classrooms. What content is being covered? How does it align with ME Learning Results? NSES? The MEA? What kinds of instructional practices are being used? What are teachers’ beliefs and opinions? This session will provide information about participating in SEC and an opportunity to look at samples of data it provides, along with a step-by-step protocol for using the data to improve your district’s science program. Session 3 - continued 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Friday Developing Successful Reading Strategies for Science Grades: 9-12 Students Session: S3 Room: 7 Content: Literacy Presenters: Robert Richardson To improve student science reading and comprehension we must first teach those strategies that make reading in science more than just “decoding passages of text”. Different reading and reflection strategies and the results of a recent research study using these strategies will be the focus of this discussion. Grades: The Mainely Physics Road Show: Tales from the K-20 Road (Year 1) Session: S3 Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Physical Presenters: David Sturm Year one of the Mainely Physics Road Show’s travels around Maine have concluded. As we continue Year 2, we wish to share examples of demonstrations done, report observations we’ve made, and to investigate ways we desire to interact with schools and programs. (Demos included during presentation.) http://physics.umaine.edu/roadshow.htm Junior Solar Sprint Grades: 6-8 Session: S3 Room: Game Room Content: Earth/Physical Presenters: Peter Zack Jr. Jeremy Dubois Racers, point your panels! This workshop will introduce participants to Maine’s popular model solar car program. The Junior Solar Sprint challenges middle school students to design, build and race model cars powered by solar energy. The Sprint encourages learning in a multitude of disciplines and is aligned to state standards. Session 4 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. - Friday
Exploring Estuaries Using Real Science and Real Data S4 Session: Room: 6 Presenters: Mary Cerullo Grades: Content: 4-6 Life

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Session: S3 Room: Karate Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Michael Marks, The Sky Connection We will use a portable EduTariumTM as a scale model of Earth/Space to concurrently draw from Earth/Space science, mathematics, and geography curricula with critical thinking to send a message in a bottle to rescuers. Attendees will leave with one approach to integrating multi-discipline subject matter into the classroom. Most of this presentation will be conducted inside an EduTarium™ dome with a limit of 20 attendees. The dome facilitates, but is not critical to implementing these techniques in the classroom.

Using local scientific data in the classroom is the focus of the Casco Bay Curriculum for grades 4-6, which incorporate research by Friends of Casco Bay and others. Participants will do hands-on activities that teach about the characteristics of estuaries and the effects of human activities on and around them.

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Session 4 - continued 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. - Friday
4-8 Integrating Science with Other Content Areas Grades: S4 Session: Room: 12 Content: Literacy Presenters: Marilyn Curtis Collect ideas on how to integrate science lessons with reading, writing, math, and social studies. Show students the application of those science lessons to everyday life and not in isolation. Solutions Potpourri 7-12 Grades: S4 Session: Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Physical Presenters: Sue Klemmer Solution chemistry can be a source of dramatic demonstrations. . . but also a minefield of misconceptions. Learn a variety of teaching tips, demos, labs, problem set & assessments to help students master and apply concepts like concentration, solubility, and precipitations. Includes examples for all ability levels of students. K-6 What is Inquiry Based Science? (Hint: You’ll Do the Grades: Answer) S4 Session: Room: 7 Content: Professional Presenters: Joyce Tugel, Nancy Chesley, Lynn Farrin Inquiry? Hands-on? Kit -based? People talk about using inquiry science in elementary classrooms, but what is it? Explore the basics by participating in a science lesson that can be taught in any elementary classroom. We’ll discuss the “best practices” and underlying philosophy of inquiry approaches to science instruction, and relate these to national and state science standards and benchmarks for science process skills. 3-8 Watershed Model – Integrating Water C ycle and Water Grades: Pollution Issues S4 Session: Room: Game Room Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Christine Smith, Lakes Education Coordinator Participants will be trained to use the EnviroScape Watershed model allowing them to borrow the model or have a DEP educator come to the classroom for FREE. In addition, participants will receive a packet of pre and post Maine Learning Results aligned lesson plans.

Saturday – September 30, 2006 Workshop 3 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Biology Games Make Learning Fun Grades: 7-12 Session: W3 Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Life Presenters: Beth Chagrasulis Play games and learn great ideas to help students connect ideas, how the genetic code works, factors affecting photosynthesis and plants, and Greek and Latin roots. All games will actually be set-up and played with fabulous prizes, and you go home with most materials you need to play the games in your classrooms. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory Grades: 7-12 Session: W3 Room: 10 Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Gary Lewis, The Geological Society of America Plate tectonics is a unifying theory that brings together so many of the observable aspects of our planet. This workshop leads you through the basics of plate tectonics including the development of the theory and evidence. Deep sea trenches, mid ocean ridges and more will all be explained in simple to understand terms. This course also shows you how to link basic rock types with plate tectonics. It is a refreshing workshop that concentrates on real content as well as how to use the content in the classroom! Participants will go through some reproducible classroom activities and receive a free CD ROM that includes all teaching notes, images, and more. Session 5 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. - Saturday Making the Case for Primary Science Grades: K-4 Session: S5 Room: 5 Content: Literacy Presenters: Nancy Chesley Making the Case for Elementary Science - "Is language arts and mathematics consuming your instructional time. Let's make a case for elementary science as part of the core curriculum." American Wilderness Leadership School – Leading Grades: K-12 our Youth into the Woods Session: S5 Room: Game Room Content: Life Presenters: Kathy Hockman AWLS-East provides environmental education in outdoor skills, landowner/user relations, plant & wildlife issues, compass use, fly tying & casting, survivals, muzzleloading, rifle/shotgun/archery ranges, and paddling with Project(s) WILD, Aquatic and Learning Tree, Hooked on Fishing, NASP (archery), and other K-12 education programs. AWLS is approved for CEU’s by Maine’s Department of Education. Graduate credit is available from Colorado State University. Patterns of Weather Grades: 6-8 Session: S5 Room: 15 Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Henrietta List Alice Strait Weather, climate, and water cycle are all parts of the new GLOBE Patterns of Weather unit for middle school. Students will learn how to collect atmospheric data, analyze patterns, and identify relationships that define weather.

MSTA -Family Science Night
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to host a FAMILY SCIENCE event? Have you ever wanted to get new ideas for your FAMILY SCIENCE night? Have you ever wanted to take your kids to a FAMILY SCIENCE event? Please join MSTA Board members and area families for a fun-filled evening of working together to discover new ways of learning about science. It’s free and guaranteed to be fun! We’ll have door prizes and science goodies for all. Teachers attending will receive a package of information on hosting their own family science night.

The Sky Connection will be offering programs in the indoor planetarium during the Family Science Night.

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Session 5 - continued 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. - Saturday
Create a Virtual Message in a Bottle: Combining Science, Mathematics, Geography, and Critical Thinking

Session 6 - continued 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. - Saturday - continued Grades: 5-8
7-12 The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Grades: Teaching – Why and How to Apply S6 Professional Session: Room: 12 Content: Presenters: Tad Johnston, PAEMST Coordinator This session is designed for teachers of students in grades 7-12 applying or considering applying for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. The application process will be shared as well as helpful suggestions and resources available. 6-12 Collecting and Analyzing Data on Seasonal Change Grades: S6 Life Session: Room: 15 Content: Presenters: Henrietta List & Alice Strait Examine datasets from GLOBE schools as a tool to understanding seasonal changes in weather and plants around the world. Learn how you can be part of this study by collecting data on temperature, precipitations, green-up and green-down using GLOBE protocols. K-12 Is Teaching Hands -On Science Worse than having a Root Grades: Canal? S6 Life Session: Room: 6 Content: P resenters: Paul Reinbold Fasten Your Seatbelts: This hands-on workshop is where teams of participants will be conducting experiments using the TEACHING TANK with demonstrations in a visually stimulating, fast -paced, 60-minute, nonstop presentation. Both hands-on activities and demonstrations will take place during this workshop wit the visually exciting TEACHING TANK and its family of teaching aids. Topics include: making observations, color mixing, diffusion, hydroponics, enzyme action, bubbles, water wheels, random sampling, etc. (Limited to first 40 educators.) 9-12 Radiation and Society Grades: S6 Physical Session: Room: 7 Content: Presenters: Jonathan Swan Nuclear Power is back in public discussion and other uses of radiation are coming to the forefront. This session will demonstrate the equipment and techniques needed for a unit on half life, radiation shielding, and the range of radiation. The presentation is a hands on use of an isotope generator, Geiger counter, and collection software. Examples of student work on research projects about nuclear power, health effects of radiation, medical uses of radiation, and food irradiation will be available. 5-12 Digital Library Resources: Classroom -Ready Examples Grades: to Incorporate Into Your Teaching S6 Professional Session: Room: Game Room Content: Presenters: Joyce Tugel The rapid acceleration of information available via the Internet makes searching for high quality, accurate, and truly useful resources challenging and often unproductive. Learn how teachers can efficiently and reliably use the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library (NSDL) to enrich the classroom learning environment! 9-12 Earth Systems Grades: S6 Earth/Space Session: Room: 1 Content: Presenters: Robin Kennedy The Challenger Learning Center has a new Mission: Encountering Earth! The students use a computer simulation to learn about earth systems, such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. They experience how satellite studies help scientist s to understand and predict hurricanes, volcanoes and earthquakes. COME FIND OUT ABOUT THE NEW MISSION AND DO SOME HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES THAT THE CURRICULUM OFFERS.
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Session: S5 Room: Karate Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Michael Marks, The Sky Connection We will use a portable EduTariumTM as a scale model of Earth/Space to concurrently draw from Earth/Space science, mathematics, and geography curricula with critical thinking to send a message in a bottle to rescuers. Attendees will leave with one approach to integrating multi-discipline subject matter into the classroom. Most of this presentation will be conducted inside an EduTarium™ dome with a limit of 20 attendees. The dome faciLiteracyates, but is not critical to implementing these techniques in the classroom. Introduction to Science Companion Grades: K-6 Session: S5 Room: 7 Content: Literacy Presenters: David Sherman This session presents components of an inquiry-based elementary science program that is easy to teach, engages students, and addresses Maine’s science standards. Participate in some model lessons you can try in your classroom. We’ll discuss how science notebooks, assessments, and reading materials help to round out this program and make it easy to integrate science into your classroom routine. Teach Live from the Field Grades: 6-12 Session: S5 Room: 12 Content: Life Presenters: Jeffrey Wilford Jeff has traveled twice to the heart of the world’s largest wetland, the Pantanal of Brazil, under the auspices of Earth/Spacewatch Institute. Both times he has used the opportunity to teach his students about ecological concepts by connecting them back home in Maine. He has build a website devoted to saving this amazing bio-diverse area. His last trip brought six York High School seniors to work on research in this wild are of Brazil. Learn how you can develop your own expedition. Building an Electric House Grades: 9-12 Session: S5 Room: 1 Content: Physical Presenters: Brian Greenlaw, Gardiner Area High School Design, build, and wire a working model home. Bring science to a place that they will never forget Home, by giving the students a working knowledge of circuitry and other safety devices found in the modern home. Session 6 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. - Saturday Using Children’s Books to Guide Science Grades: K-5 Session: S6 Room: 5 Content: Literacy Presenters: Lynn Farrin Explore how picture books can be used to engage students in science inquiry. Experience a sampling of inquiry-based lessons linked to elementary literature. Learn about the benefits and cautions related to using children’s picture books in science, including ways to promote conceptual change as well as becoming aware of the potential of promoting misconceptions.

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Saturday’s Featured Speaker – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. John Bagnulo, Mount Everest Hiker The man who just recently hiked all the way to the top of Mount Everest talks will share his adventure with MSTA John Bagnulo started climbing Mount Everest on April 1, 2006. After 50 day of a life-threatening trek, he reached the summit on his 36th birthday and spent 30 minutes at the summit. "By the time you get to the top, you're out of breath and your head is spinning," he said. "It was emotional. I just took it all in. You could see forever." Join John as he will share his adventure and his slides during this hour.

Session 7 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. - Saturday
Making the Invisible Visible and the Unreal Real: Using Online Models and Simulations in the Classroom

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Session: S7 Room: Game Room Content: Professional Presenters: Chad Dorsey When you can’t get an idea across with simple words and pictures, an interactive model or simulation found online can be an excellent answer. Separating the good from the bad can be a challenge, however. This session will highlight some resources identified as exemplary by MMSA’s PRISMS project and discuss what makes an online representation useful. Measuring Change in Coastal Biodiversity Grades: 6-12 Session: S7 Room: 15 Content: Life Presenters: Henrietta List Alice Strait Coastal ecosystems naturally undergo changes over time. Populations of organisms vary. What can monitoring changes in coastal biodiversity tell us about changes in coastal ecosystems? Learn about classroom units on Coastal Biodiversity that implement GLOBE protocols for measuring changes in the organisms that live along our coasts.
Create a Virtual Message in a Bottle: Combining Science, Mathematics, Geography, and Critical Thinking

John on the summit ridge

Workshop 4 1:15 – 3:30 p.m. - Saturday
9-12 What is “Science Studies” and How Can Knowing a Little Grades: about It Help Meet Curriculum Standards? W4 Professional Session: Room: 10 Content: Presenters: Mark Hinelin e Science studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the workings of science. First established at Edinburgh University in Scotland, as a response to Thomas S. Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” science studies has produced a wealth of insight into how and why science works, and into the relationship between the sciences and society. In this workshop, participants will explore ways that they can use science studies to help fulfill the “Guiding Principles”, part B of Maine’s Curriculum Framework for Mathematics and Science. K-4 More for Your Money: Teaching Comprehension and Grades: Science Concepts with Children’s Literature W4 Literacy Session: Room: 12 Content: Presenters: Becky Roper Squeeze the most out of your class time by teaching students comprehension skills that carry over to inquiry learning while reading some of your favorite trade books to your kids. You will participate in image making, developing schema, “wondering”, and making connections while reading books about adaptations. K-8 Make Space Day Everyday Grades: W4 Earth/Space Session: Room: 6 Content: Presenters: Sharon A. Eggleston, NE Regional Coordinator for Space Day Space Day is an educational initiative to inspire young people to explore careers in STEM related areas. Dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space, Space Day offers a wide variety of educational programs to inspire 21st century space explorers, scientists and inventors.

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Session: S7 Room: Karate Content: Earth/Space Presenters: Michael Marks, The Sky Connection We will use a portable EduTariumTM as a scale model of Earth/Space to concurrently draw from Earth/Space science, mathematics, and geography curricula with critical thinking to send a message in a bottle to rescuers. Attendees will leave with one approach to integrating multi-discipline subject matter into the classroom. Most of this presentation will be conducted inside an EduTarium™ dome with a limit of 20 attendees. The dome facilitates, but is not critical to implementing these techniques in the classroom. Content Reading and Writing Strategies for K – 5 Grades: K-6 Inquiry Science Session: S7 Room: 7 Content: Literacy Presenters: David Sherman Experience the positive effect that hands-on science instruction can have on students’ attitude towards reading and writing. Explore how to apply content area reading strategies alongside hands-on science investigations. We’ll also consider the role that science notebooks play in developing reading skills and providing opportunities for writing practice and authentic assessment. Model Rocketry Grades: 9-12 Session: S7 Room: 1 Content: Physical Presenters: Mike Weiss Model rocketry can be used to excite kids to science and math concepts. Students build and fly rockets, write lab reports that use Newton’s Laws of Motion, spreadsheets, and the Law of Sines to explain student findings. A student lab manual filled with tips, suggestions and format information will also be discussed.

There’s a Scientist in My Classroom! Grades: 6-12 Session: S7 Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Professional Presenters: Debbie Daggett Volunteer Coordinator, Edmond Pelta President, Antoinette Mercadante Volunteer, Frank Broadbent Vice President Spend a lively hour with science professionals. Through interactive discussion and hands-on demonstrations, mentors from Maine School Science Volunteers will demonstrate how you, too, can bring a real, live scientist into your classroom - for FREE!!!
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Session 8 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Saturday
9-12 Maine ScienceCorps: A Partnership to bring Bioscience Grades: Research into the Classroom. S8 Life Session: Room: Arts & Crafts Content: Presenters: S. Monroe Duboise, Ph. D, Gail Fletcher, Ph. D The Maine ScienceCorps, an NSF-funded G K12 program, links bioscience graduate students, high school teachers and USM faculty in a learning partnership. Bring research projects and modern biological techniques into your science classes. This session will introduce ScienceCorps, summarize student research projects, and discuss how new schools can enter the program.

Science and Language Literacy Session: S8 Room: Presenters: Lynn Farrin Nancy Chesley

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This session will share a sampling of strategies from the Linking Science Inquiry and Language Literacy program. Science provides an authentic context for building and enhancing language literacy skills. This session will introduce participants to methods that couple inquiry-based, hands-on science with language literacy, to improve student achievement in both areas. Tired of Giving Final Exams? Why not Try a Project? Grades: 9-12

S8 Earth/Space Session: Room: 7 Content: Presenters: Doug Hoodum Through the use of final projects, rather than final exams, teachers can delve into students’ understanding and application of concepts covered in class. During this talk, the idea of a watershed will be used to tie together concepts in a 9th grade Earth/Space Science course. 7-12 Graphing for Understanding Grades: S8 Physical Session: Room: 15 Content: Presenters: Sue Klemmer Graphs are great for analyzing relationships, but do your students understand them? Ways to teach, apply & assess both graphing skills and science concepts with computer graphing programs or hand graphs. Examples from all ability levels of physical science, chemistry, and physics. 3-12 Science Curriculum Topic Study Grades: S8 Professional Session: Room: Game Room Content: Presenters: Joyce Tugel Teachers are faced with challenging questions: What specific ideas should I teach? What misconceptions do students have that make it difficult for them to learn? How can I be more effective in my instruction? Learn how CTS can help you become a more accomplished science teacher. CTS book door prizes! 2-5 Earth, Moon, and Beyond Grades: S8 Earth/Space Session: Room: 1 Content: Presenters: Robin Kennedy This compilation of activities was designed to give K-8 teachers a group of high quality space-related activities which will emphasize hands-on in volvement, data collection, observation, exploration, prediction, interpretation, problem solving, and development of language skills. The carefully selected activities lead the students through an exploration of the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, beginning with phases of the moon, the relative sizes and distances of the Earth, Moon, and Mars, the formation of land feature on the planets as well as the search for life on Mars. Teacher resources also address the common misconceptions of students with many of these topics.

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