Amplify STEM Hub

The Amplify STEM Hub is your one-stop-shopping destination for resources to support STEM educators and their classrooms. On this page, you’ll find topic-based webinars, guides to integrating literacy in your instruction, overviews on what new standards look like in practice in your classroom, and more! Explore the STEM curriculum resources and learn more about our science curriculum here.

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Active Reading: Treating reading as an act of inquiry

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In middle school, students should build on what they have learned in the elementary grades by using a variety of strategies to make sense of increasingly complex science texts—ideally through an approach called Active Reading.

Learn more about this approach and take a closer look at how it enhances students’ thinking and their understanding of science.

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What do students do in an NGSS classroom?

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Three-dimensional learning is about more than just hands-on activities. Students need to be engaged with a real-world problem, collect evidence from various sources, evaluate claims, draw their own conclusions, and defend their thinking in visual models, discussion, and writing.

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How can you bring scientific argumentation into the middle school science classroom?

In this webinar with the Lawrence Hall of Science, Dr. Suzanna Loper explains how to use argumentation (one of the science practices identified in the NGSS) to provide opportunities to middle school students, support students’ learning of core ideas, and challenge students in the classroom.

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Engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards

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The Next Generation Science Standards include eight science and engineering practices that show students how scientists and engineers actually investigate, model, and explain the real world, and design and produce effective solutions to real-world problems.

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Literacy-rich science instruction

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Literacy is an integral part of science. While practicing scientists actively investigate the natural world, large parts of their investigations involve reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the natural world. Scientists read about and connect their work to the work of other scientists, explain their findings, and communicate ideas to a variety of audiences.

Take a closer look at the importance of literacy-rich science instruction, and see how students benefit from reading, writing, and talking like real scientists.

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