Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

GSTA December Mini-Conference


GSTA is hosting an December Mini-Conference on Saturday, 12/5 from 9 am - 12:30 pm. The December theme is LITERACY and how we can connect literacy and science.  Each session will have an individual link to an online platform such as Zoom, Teams, or Google Meets. There will also be a few recorded sessions. 

Pre-recorded Sessions

Enhancing 5E Lesson with Tradebooks with Nicole Ford

Trade books give students a context for the concepts they are exploring in the science classroom. They often have interesting storylines that can help students understand and remember concepts better than they would by using textbooks alone. Listen to this session to learn how picture books can bring your science lesson to life and how to effectively incorporate literacy strategies for science instruction.

Georgia Department of Education Playlist 

Link to additional recordings from the Georgia DOE Science Team.

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9:00 - 9:30




Opening Session, K-12

Connecting Content, Literacy, Practices, and More, K-12

Jeremy Peacock

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Content, literacy, practices, inquiry, relevance, rigor...the list goes on. We can only accomplish all these different goals by focusing on the fundamental connection among them all. See how science and literacy serve each other to help students make sense of the world around them.

9:40-10:25


Using Literacy and Writing to Strengthen Science, K-5

Valerie Sellers & Kenn Heydrick

Accelerate Learning

Literacy strategies, such as analyzing, discussing, and summarizing, can be utilized while reading science-based articles, authentic science research, journals, and textbooks. The use of these strategies provides a cross-curricular bridge that not only increases understanding but also increases a student's ability to think critically. Our professionally trained STEM coaches know what it takes to effectively integrate literacy and writing into the science content. Using a constructivist approach, participants will experience hands-on learning that will give them a greater understanding of literacy in science.

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Meeting ID: 944 415 1591 Passcode: STEM

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9:40-10:25


Hands on Minds on Engagement for Biology and Beyond - Engaging students in literacy through the science practices with HHMI, 6-12

HHMI BioInteractive Activities for your Virtual Classroom

Tim Guilfoyle & Jennifer Barnes


This session will provide lessons and activities using HHMI BioInteractive materials. HHMI, Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive, is a nationally recognized program that uses a variety of classroom resources based on peer-reviewed science. Join us to see how FREE HHMI BioInteractive resources can be used in your classroom. From data-rich activities and case studies to high-quality videos and interactive media, our resources are designed to connect students to big ideas in biology and beyond, promote engagement with science practices, and instill awe and wonder about the living world.

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10:30-11:00

Connecting Science and Literacy, K-5

Kelly Bodner & Carolyn Cutts

Come learn how to use individual student manipulatives to enhance science comprehension.  Free Materials to all participants!

K-5 teachers, you can sign up for free materials at this link (please note that because it’s shipping US Mail, your package could arrive AFTER Saturday’s session).  Materials will be mailed to the address you provide.

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Meeting ID: 987 2045 9028 Passcode: 424995

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10:30-11:00

The ABC's of Science Literacy, 6-12

Julia Pelt, Savvas


True or False? Fact or Opinion? Why should I believe what I see on TV or read on the Internet? Welcome to the realm of scientific literacy. In this workshop you’ll learn just what it means to be scientifically literate. Who it affects? Where and when science literacy experience and skills will benefit your students. And most importantly, how you as teachers can equip and empower your students to survive and succeed in a world overflowing with scientific information.

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11:05-11:35

Incorporating Literacy Strategies in Scientific Investigations, K-12

Michelle Kolar & Colleen Murphy

Zoo Atlanta

Scientific investigation is a cross-disciplinary endeavor. Join us as we explore how to reinforce and incorporate literacy skills and strategies as part of scientific data collection and observations at all K-12 grade levels. We will explore Zoo Atlanta's living laboratory as inspiration for our writing!

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Meeting ID: 972 0613 3742

Passcode: OnlyZooATL

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11:05-11:35

Beyond CER: Constructing Tentative Explanations Throughout Multiple Explorations, 6-8

Jaclyn Murray and Lezettra Saunders

Are you incorporating the C-E-R strategy into science instruction? This session focuses on embedding C-E-R throughout the inquiry process as a way to establish a culture of sense-making in the science classroom. 

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11:40-12:10

What do over 90% of students have in common? Learn how to Promote Fluency and Constructive Communication with Game-Based Learning, K-8

Sean Reidy & Lindsay Buckel

Legends of Learning


Teachers use learning games frequently but often struggle to integrate meaningful response activities that deepen student understanding.  In this session, teachers can expect to learn how to:
Use games as an instructional resource by connecting science topics to real-world problems, building procedural fluency from conceptual understanding, and eliciting and encouraging evidence of student thinking.

Use an innovative approach to game-based learning as a primary vehicle for science instruction to promote problem-solving, reasoning, and discourse.

Participants will receive first-hand experience of what collaboration and achievement can look like through hands-on game-based learning resources. Come ready to collaborate, compete, learn some science, and have a whole lot of fun!

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11:40-12:25

Literacy and Nature of Science, K-12

Teresa Massey

Nature of science (NOS) is an important component of scientific literacy that supports students’ understandings of science concepts and facilitates their making informed decisions about scientifically based societal issues. Inclusion of NOS when designing GSE science lessons enables students to effectively obtain, evaluate and communicate information as they gain knowledge through the standards-based learning process.   


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Meeting ID: 753 3172 3210 Passcode: JX834w

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