Middle school teachers!

If you don’t know about Science News for Students, it’s time to find out. From a regular user:

Just wanted to write that as a middle school science teacher, I am extremely grateful for the on-line publication of “Science News for Students”.  I use it all the time in teaching science literacy! I love the great variety of articles, the truly readable writing skill of the authors, the appropriate reading level, and the fact that the resource is FREE! Thank you so very much!! It makes a HUGE difference to my teaching and my students!

See below for features I’ve contributed. Every SNS feature has classroom questions that touch on science, social studies, and math. The site also has daily snapshots—overviews of recent scientific studies, such as this one in which researchers used Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to learn what happens in our brains when we read, and this one on the distracted teenage brain.


 

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photo by shgmom56

Concussion: More than ‘getting your bell rung’

Think a head injury isn’t a big deal? Think again. This common brain injury can cause serious – and lasting – damage. (Online. February 20, 2013)

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photo by CSIRO

photo by CSIRO

Stem cells: The secret to change

Recent discoveries in cellular research might just pave the way to restore sight to the blind, repair damaged spinal cords, or even overcome genetic disease. (Online. April 10, 2013)

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photo by Serenity

photo by Serenity

Some dirt won’t hurt

Not only is it okay to get dirty, it may even reduce risk of asthma and allergies. Find out why (and how to clean up properly after playing outdoors). (Online. July 17, 2013)

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photo by Claire Fackler/NOAA

photo by Claire Fackler/NOAA

Caught in the act

How do species adapt to a changing environment? Scientists observe species  in the process of evolving. (Online. December 11, 2013)

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photo by Healthnutlady

photo by Healthnutlady

Why are bees vanishing?

Scientists find a combination of threats, from pesticides to climate change, may explain declining bee populations.   (Online. January 10, 2014)

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photo by Thelmadatter

Saving the banana

Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit, but they might not be around for long without help from a hard-working team of scientists. (Online. August 28, 2014)

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photo by GrzegorzWicher

Learning rewires the brain

As we learn, our brains rewire. In the process, brain cells change shape and even fire backwards. (Online. September 2, 2014)

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photo by Alan Murray-Rust

photo by Alan Murray-Rust

How people have been shaping the earth

Humans are now the biggest driving force shaping the planet. So much so that scientists are considering renaming our current time period to reflect that influence. (Online. October 17, 2014)

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photo by christian von wissel

Nano air pollutants strike a blow to the brain

Scientists track super-small pollutants into the brain, where they can cause damage similar to that in people with Alzheimer’s disease. (Online. December 17, 2014)

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photo by Sara V.

photo by Sara V.

Stress for Success

Stress doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Find out how psychologists help anxious teens put their worries to good use. (Online. March 20, 2015)

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photo by Jennyvids

Tiny plastic, big problem

Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances and wind up inside marine animals, threatening the ocean’s ecosystems. (Online. April 10, 2015)

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photo by Daiwon Choi

Big future for super small science

Heard of nanotechnology? Find out how scientists use nanotubes to overcome mechanical, environmental and optical obstacles. (Online. April 24, 2015)

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photo by Peter Miller

Cool jobs: Finding new uses for nature’s poisons

Check out these cool jobs in science! These researchers use toxins from critters (including mites, frogs, and spiders) to fight pests and germs–all while keeping people safe. (Online. October 9, 2015)

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photo by USDA NRCS South Dakota

The dirt on soil

What lies beneath your feet? Much, much more than you ever imagined. Get the dirt on soil and all of the important roles it plays in everything from food to floods to climate change. (Online. October 16, 2015)

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photo by Scott Cresswell

When every face is a stranger’s face

You may find it easy to spot someone you know in a crowd, but for people with ‘face blindness’ every face looks the same: eyes, nose, mouth, ears. Learn more about this condition that affects as many as two in every 100 people. (Online. November 13, 2015)

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common marmoset

photo by Tim Ellis

Cool jobs: Getting in your head

Psychology isn’t just about lending a sympathetic ear. Come meet a trio of experimental psychologists who study the brain and behavior in everything from dogs to monkeys to people. Featuring some of my husband’s super-cool work on patience in primates! (Online. December 8, 2015)

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Bio Bus

photo by Wessex Water

Powered by poop and pee?

Imagine riding on a bus powered by the stuff you flush down the toilet. One such bus actually exists. It’s just one possible use of human waste as a renewable source of energy. (Online. February 5, 2016)

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photo by Patricia Jennings

‘Mindfulness’ defuses stress in classrooms and teaching

Teachers, this one’s for you. Early studies show that mindfulness training can reduce stress and improve teaching performance, while also helping students learn. (Online. March 29, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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photo by lbmphoto24

What is IQ—and how much does it matter?

You may have heard of IQ or taken a IQ test. But what does your IQ score tell you about your ability to succeed? Maybe not as much as you think. (Online. October 13, 2016)

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beautiful woman

photo by André Bradin

What makes a pretty face?

Beauty is only skin deep, or so the saying goes. And yet we have a hard time ignoring a pretty face. Why is that, and what is it that makes a face beautiful? Oddly enough, it has to do with being average.(Online. December 5, 2016)

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photo by SharonaGott

Tattoos: The good, the bad and the bumpy

Some people treat skin like a canvas, “painting” it with tattoos. That permanent ink can cause allergic reactions, or it can boost the immune system. But beware: many inks aren’t meant to be used on the human body. (Online. May 11, 2017)

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photo by aiesecinternational

Think you’re not biased? Think again

Everyone has biases against other groups of people: blacks, women, and the obese for a start. But those biases can be changed. The first step? Recognizing that you have them. (Online. June 22, 2017)

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photo by NASA Earth Obsservatory

Night lights have a dark side

Bright lights at night create light pollution, which alters animal behavior (including our own) and may even lead to diseases like cancer. The good news? It’s the easiest kind of pollution to control. (Online. July 27, 2017)

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photo by Elizabeth Shannon

Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends

Savoring each bite of a meal helps us slow down when we eat, which improves the experience and makes smaller amounts of food more enjoyable. It can also lead to better health. (Online. August 17, 2017)

Classroom discussion questions (Grades 6 and up)