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And the Nobel science prizes go to…

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Nobel Prize winners announced.”

Fungi are the next green chemistry champs

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “The next champs of green chemistry.”

Many Moore transistors?

After watching a video about transistors, your class can use these discussion prompts to analyze transistor technology and predict future trends in computer processing.

Pushing computers to the limit

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Computer chip milestone reached.”

Radioactive Cloud Linked to Russia

This guide, based on the Science News article “Radioactive cloud traced to Russia,” asks students to evaluate evidence, explore global monitoring networks and use an interactive simulation to learn about elements, ions and isotopes.

Atoms, ions and isotopes, oh why?

Students will use a PhET Interactive Simulation to understand the definitions, similarities and differences of elements, ions and isotopes. Then students will explore the Science News journalism archive to find current science research examples that apply these concepts.

A nuclear whodunit

These questions, based on the Science News article “Radioactive cloud traced to Russia,” ask students to identify a series of events and list and evaluate evidence.

Chirpy jerky

Students will test insects' nutrient compositions and compare that data with similar data from conventional snack foods.

Move into a hermit crab’s shell

These discussion prompts connect concepts including energy, competition, adaptation, speciation, natural selection and chemical and physical changes to a real-world example.

Surveying the hermit crab housing market

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Hermit crabs are drawn to the dead."

The Periodic Table: A nuclear view

Students will learn how interactions among the protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus affect the properties and stability of chemical elements, and how these properties could inform the creation of future elements.

Journey to the center of the Earth

After thinking through concepts related to processes in the Earth's core, students will use these prompts to create a diagram of the geodynamo.