NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends Middle Level Books on Technological Design

Bringing Technology Education Into K-8 Classrooms. A Guide to Curricular Resources About the Designed World

Grades K–8

Bringing Technology Education into K–8 Classrooms starts with an introduction to technology education and its importance for students today. At the core of the book is complete information for choosing technology resources that meet your district and classroom needs as well as sample pages from major products. Also included is a practical analysis of how technology topics address standards, and tips on how technology activities help students understand a design process. Thanks to its easy-to-follow organization and practical orientation, this guidebook will help you find the resources that meet your needs—and help your students become technologically literate.

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Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically about Controversial Issues

Grades 5–12

Clones, Cats, and Chemicals examines 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, technology, and mathematics and helps you challenge students to confront scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white solutions. Each question is presented as a two-part unit: concise scientific background with possible resolutions and a reference list for further teacher reading, and a reproducible essay, questions, and activities to guide students in debating and decision making.

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Doing Good Science In Middle School

Grades 5–8

Just as middle schoolers are “wired” to learn in active, hands-on ways, this book is wired to help you spark a vital connection to these students to keep them tuned-in to science. Doing Good Science in Middle School combines practical insights about adolescent learners with what master teachers know about how to shift from passive, textbook-centered instruction to inquiry-based investigations.

Chapters cover the psychology of the middle school learner; why inquiry and collaboration are the cornerstones of good science; integrating science, literacy, math, and technology; classroom management and safety; plus additional resources and sample forms. But at the book’s core are 10 must-do activities. All are developmentally appropriate, inquiry- and Standards-based lessons of use to teachers at all experience levels (including preservice).

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