2016 Conference Resources


Using Kinesthetic Activities to Teach Abstract Concepts

Sheila Ferguson - Join the Little Shop of Physics for this popular & exciting session using kinesthetic lessons to teach abstract science concepts. New activities and old favorites will help you answer intriguing questions such as: What makes a gas a greenhouse gas?, How can warm water vapor hold more moisture?, and Can you see pressure? Act out gas molecules, phase changes, & more. These fun activities keep students involved, active, & are cost effective. Leave with lesson plans and a Little Shop surprise!


Teaching Sustainability Science Using a Place-Based Approach

Tiffany Kapler - Crisscrossing several science and social disciplines, sustainability science learning can become intensely personal when combined with a place-based approach. In this session you will learn and develop novel ways to use your school, neighborhood, and community to connect sustainability science directly to students' lives and to empower them to use science as a tool to create solutions to local, as well as global, environmental challenges.


Successful Grouping Arrangements for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Chris Carson - What type of grouping arrangement works best for engaging emerging bilingual students (ELLs) in rigorous collaborative learning? Participants will take part in and discuss three strategies for grouping students, each tied to the three dimensions of science learning from the NGSS. We will pay particular attention to the experience of our bilingual students. We will also discuss opportunities for further learning through eCALLMS professional learning communities.


Science Writing Goals for Bilinguals

Chris Carson - How can we engage emerging bilingual students (ELLs) in a rich science writing process? Participants will discuss strategies for writing and revising science communication, with a focus on goal setting with the Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards (also known as WIDA standards), CCSS, and the NGSS. We will also discuss opportunities for further learning through eCALLMS professional learning communities.


Liquid (fu)N2-Teaching Liquid Nitrogen Demos

Lindsey Paricio - Liquid Nitrogen is fun to play with, but how do you actually teach with it? What demos can you use that teach different concepts throughout chemistry? How do you have (fu)N safely? The CSU Chemistry Outreach team can answer all these questions as we walk you through our favorite liquid Nitrogen demos, teaching strategies, and safety tips, and we will demonstrate our interactive show, designed to cover most basic chemistry concepts in a manner suitable for elementary through collegiate students.


Kids Teaching Kids

Nadene Klein - Join us as we share an amazing project based learning opportunity. This 21st century project, which allows a student-centered format that is self-differentiated, is steeped in STEM and NGSS cross-cutting themes. We'll show you how to provide an authentic audience through community collaboration. You'll be thoroughly impressed by your students' creativity and problem solving abilities. You'll walk away with sample documents and be ready to start TOMORROW!


Hydrogen Fuel Cells as a 21st "Vehicle" for Chemistry Instruction

Steve Smith - Explore the science of hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs) and learn how they can be a "vehicle" for exciting and relevant chemistry instruction. Participants will leave this presentation with a fundamental understanding of the function of HFCs, an appreciation for the role HFCs may play in renewable energy and transportation, and a host of demonstrations and inquiry activities ready for immediate implementation in the classroom.


Field Trips: From Fiasco to Fantastic

Tiffany Kapler - Amazing science learning opportunities exist in your community, but field trips can feel like a logistical nightmare. Join me for a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a successful, educational field trip that EVERYONE will love. This session will approach field trip success from the perspective of both classroom teachers as well as field trip site coordinators/informal educators. All participants will receive a link to a downloadable, editable field trip checklist and planner.


Breaking the Scientist Stereotype

Nadene Klein - We love having our students research the life of a famous scientist to learn more about them. This interactive session will demonstrate how to take that simple research project and make it more meaningful by giving it the purpose of breaking the stereotype of a scientist thus showing kids that they could too can have a career as a scientist. Sample projects, guides, and rubrics will be shared so that you can implement this project with your students as soon as you return to your school.