January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Two Lessons for Spring – BZZZZ

Posted: Sunday, April 1st, 2012

by Rick Pomeroy

Non-Verbal Communications, Aka The Waggle Dance

Overview

Bees have been observed communicating the location of rich pollen sites to other bees in their hives by doing a “dance” that indicates the direction and distance to a pollen source. In this activity, you will simulate the bee wiggle dance by creating a series of non- verbal body signals that will direct other students to a “flower’s” location.

For more information on the Bee Waggle Dance, check out the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nga4Z_HRUsU.

Procedure

1. Select 2 people to serve as “Scout” bees for their respective hives (the classroom).  Hide two prizes in another area of your building to represent a flower that is a rich source of pollen.  Show the scouts the location of the “flower”

2. Demonstrate the Bee Wiggle Dance motions that represent direction and distance. These could include tail wagging, arm flapping, spinning or hopping.  For this activity, the dance motions are as follows:

a) Distance:  Steps- 1 step for near 5 steps for far.  Steps should come before spins

b) Direction: Spinning in circles.  After three rotations, the direction the bee is facing is the direction to the “flower”.

c) Elevation: Fold arms like wings.  Wings point to relative elevation of the “flower”

3. After showing the scouts the location of the “flower” have them dance the directions to the flower using only non-verbal cues.

4. Send the worker bees out to pollinate (bring back the prize).

5. Recognize the winning team.


Chemo Receptors in Bees

Overview

Bees utilize a very sensitive sense of smell to identify hive mates and queens so that they can be sure that they are in the correct colony when returning from pollination forays away from the hive.  In this activity, you will use smell (chemo receptors) to identify hive mates. Once you determine your hive mate, you will attempt to determine if you are in the correct hive. You will know you are in the correct hive if your scent matches the scent of the queen bee “Q”.  If you are in the wrong hive, the other bees will force you out.

Materials

Prepare two sets of scent vials using two common spices so that you have enough unique scents for every person in the class. Avoid any spices that might cause allergic reactions.  (A nice multi-cultural twist is to select cooking spices from stores that specialize in non-western cooking).   Be sure to use distinct scents to facilitate finding a hive mate.  Prepare one additional scent vial using one of the two scents marked “Q” to represent the queen bee.  You may need to poke small holes in the top of the scent vial and you may want to insert a thin layer of cotton or part of a cotton ball on the inside of the lid to prevent the scent substance from coming out. Students should rely solely on their sense of smell to find a partner.  No opening the containers or tapping out contents on the table. Film canisters make great sense containers but digital photography makes finding these canisters more and more difficult. It is important that the containers be opaque to emphasize the need to use only the sense of smell.

Procedure

1. Distribute scent vials randomly throughout the classroom.

2. Give students an opportunity to identify hive mates.  It may help to turn lights down to facilitate a heightened sense of smell. It is often difficult for students to filter out visual or auditory stimuli in an effort to concentrate on the olfactory cues

3. Once hive mates have been identified, introduce the queen scent vial and have teams determine if they are in the correct hive.

4. Discuss clues students used.  Would it have been as easy to do if the scents were not familiar to them?

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Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California Davis and is a past-president of CSTA.

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California Science Test Academy for Educators

Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

California Science Test Academy for Educators

To support implementation of the California Science Test (CAST), the California Department of Education is partnering with Educational Testing Service and WestEd to offer a one-day CAST Academy for local educational agency (LEA) science educators, to be presented at three locations in California from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As an alternative to traveling, LEA teams can participate virtually via WebEx on one of the dates listed below.

The dates and locations for the CAST Academy are as follows:

  • Monday, April 23, 2018—Sacramento
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018—Fresno
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018—Irvine

The CAST Academy will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the assessment design and expectations of the CAST. The academy also will provide information and activities designed to assist educators in their implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional learning to help them gain an understanding of how these new science assessment item types can inform teaching and learning. The CAST Academy dates above are intended for school and district science instructional leaders, including teacher leaders, teacher trainers, and instructional coaches. Additional trainings will be offered at a later date specifically for county staff. In addition, curriculum, professional development, and assessment leaders would benefit from this training.

A $100 registration fee will be charged for each person attending the in-person training. Each virtual team participating via WebEx will be charged $100 for up to 10 participants through one access point. Each workshop will have the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 50 virtual teams. Each virtual team will need to designate a lead, who is responsible for organizing the group locally. Registration and payment must be completed online at http://www.cvent.com/d/6tqg8k.

For more information regarding the CAST Academy, please contact Elizabeth Dilke, Program Coordinator, Educational Testing Service, by phone at 916-403-2407 or by e‑mail at caasppworkshops@ets.org.

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Accelerating into NGSS – A Statewide Rollout Series Now Accepting Registrations

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4!

OVERVIEW
Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.

Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.

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Host: Orange County Office of Education
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MAY 1-2, 2018
Host: Tulare County Office of Education
Location: Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia

MAY 3-4, 2018
Host: San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools
Location: West End Educational Service Center, Rancho Cucamonga

MAY 7-8, 2018
Host: Sacramento County Office of Education
Location: Sacramento County Office of Education Conference Center and David P. Meaney Education Center, Mather

JUNE 14-15, 2018
Host: Imperial County Office of Education
Location: Imperial Valley College, Imperial

Presented by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.

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Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

2018 CSTA Conference Call for Proposals

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

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