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CAST 2010

TEKS and ELPS and Mod’s, Oh My! Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners in the Science Classroom

Presenters: Aimee Ayers, Jena Walters
Grade Level: Elementary
Description: These handouts will provide research-based strategies for teaching with all elementary students in mind – gifted, special needs, and English Language Learners. Labs, vocabulary, formative assessments, cooperative learning and classroom management will be addressed.

Seasonal Science Celebrations Using Literature in the Elementary Classroom

Presenters: Aimee Ayers, Jena Walters
Grade Level: Elementary
Description: These engaging activities incorporate literature connections aimed at inspiring students to discover seasons. Many of these lessons incorporate the monthly holidays. Strategies for teaching and classroom management will be addressed.

Energy Flowing through the Cycles

Presenters: Melissa Duncan
Grade Level: Middle School
Description: Energy and Earth cycles will be introduced using fun activities, games, and resources to engage middle school students. The following cycles will be focused upon: carbon, lunar, nitrogen, rock, and water. Teachers will be provided with access to presentations and hands-on activities to effectively teach Earth cycles covered in the middle school TEKS.
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Do This, Not That!

Presenters: Samantha Von Hoene, Jennifer Naranjo
Grade Level: Elementary
Description: Do you feel like you could teach with your eyes closed? Do you feel like your students are sitting in science class, sleepy eyed and bored by the monotonous day-to-day routine? It’s time to spice it up! Come learn some quick and simple cures for the mundane warm-ups, curriculum and assessments that have unfortunately taken over the science classroom. Join us to learn how to “Do this, Not that!” This is the energy boost that you (and your students) have been looking for!

TABT Presents: Biology Activities for Beginning Teachers

Presenters: Sarah Anderson, Robert Dennison
Grade Level: High School
Description: If you are simply surviving in the Biology classroom but want to be thriving, join us as we share critical thinking strategies and activities to engage all students. These strategies are designed to meet the needs of diverse learners and help students construct meaningful connections to enhance their understanding of complex biological concepts. Topics will include: genetics, the cell, ecology and living systems.

Chemistry Matters in Middle School

Presenters: Sarah Draper, Sean Lee
Grade Level: Middle School
Description: If you are simply surviving in the Biology classroom but want to be thriving, join us as we share critical thinking strategies and activities to engage all students. These strategies are designed to meet the needs of diverse learners and help students construct meaningful connections to enhance their understanding of complex biological concepts. Topics will include: genetics, the cell, ecology and living systems.

Now That’s What I Call Science: CISER’s Greatest Hits – Elementary

Presenters: Susan Talkmitt, Kelsey Slaughter, Eric Schwartz, Samantha Von Hoene, Jennifer Naranjo
Grade Level: Elementary
Description: Join us as we share some of the very best elementary science strategies and activities developed by master teachers and Texas Tech University Science Education Scholars. The hands-on, standards-based activities provide opportunities for student centered learning. The teaching and management strategies encourage critical thinking and help students build understanding through engagement. CD’s and door prizes will be provided, and a good time is guaranteed! student inquiry and involvement.

It’s All in How You React

Presenters: Katrina Sellers, Sharron Story
Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Description: Experience TAKS-based differentiated instruction using concept attainment activities, games, card sort activities and inquiry-based instruction. Activities will be shared on chemical and physical change, Law of Conservation of Mass, compounds, elements and mixtures, acid, bases and salts, and TAKS review games. All materials will be provided on a CD to anyone who attends.

Get your students excited for Anatomy/Physiology

Presenters: Julie Combes
Grade Level: High School
Description: Now that 4X4 is here, many schools are adding Anatomy/Physiology to their curriculum. This workshop will provide a syllabus, labs, and dissection materials. I will help you get your program started without the fuss. I will show you what to teach, labs to do and what to dissect, or alternatives to dissection. Create a class that all students will look forward to taking for the fourth year of science.