Science Tidbits

August 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Congratulations on your return to the 2018-2019 school year. I am excited for the changes happening to science education in Caddo Parish. Teachers are witnessing students engage in science in a way they haven't truly seen before the new standards. Teaching through phenomena provides the connection between a student's life to the science classroom that makes learning relevant and fun.

I am excited you are back in the classrooms and I look forward to working with you throughout the school year. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you are struggling with lesson plans, new standards, activities, assessments, or in anything else you need help. I am happy to help you in any way I can.

I hope you have the best year ever!


6th, 7th, 8th, and Biology Assessment Guidance Released

Visit the LDOE Assessment Guidance Library to access the latest information regarding the assessment guides.

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade



The Quality Science and Mathematics Competitive Grant Application for K-12 Regular Education Teachers in Louisiana Public Schools is now OPEN! Looking for a way to purchase classroom math and science materials? The answer might be waiting for you through the Quality Math and Science Grant Program. Proposal submissions will be accepted soon. You are eligible to submit an application for up to $1,000 (up $250 from previous years) to purchase non-consumable science or math instructional materials if you are a K-12 regular education mathematics or science teacher working in a Louisiana public school.

Info Sheet:


LSTA board members are hosting FREE regional professional development workshops for members focused on Louisiana State Science Standards (LSSS) assessments through out the state. The LSTA Region VII Workshop will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Wand Gunn Professional Development Center (3908 Joplin Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71108) from 9:00-12:00 PM. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 AM.

This workshop is FREE to educators. Your attendance qualifies you for FREE LSTA membership through October 24, 2018. Space is limited and will be first-come, first served.

Please complete the Google Form to register for the LSTA Region VII workshop on LSSS.

If you have any questions, please contact LSTA Region VII Representative, Jeff Holcomb at

Science & Engineering Fair 2019

The Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA on March 7-9, 2019. The BPCC will need all paperwork by February 13, 2019.

Please see the official memo from the Region I Science Fair Director, Dr. Elaine Cox.

You be the chemist challenge

The Chemical Education Foundation annually sponsors the “You Be The Chemist Challenge!” This is a great opportunity for individual 5th grade and middle school students who love chemistry. It is held in the spring, and is like a “spelling bee” but for chemistry! Local sites include LaTech, Southeastern Louisiana University, Greater Baton Rouge, Greater New Orleans, and DOW sites! Winners from across the local sites attend the state competition that is held at LSU. The top student winner then competes at the national competition. Contact Brenda Nixon,, 225-205-2680.

Joint LATM LSTA Conference

The joint LATM LSTA Conference will be held in Shreveport, La from October 22-24 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

LATM/LSTA Concurrent Sessions (1hour) Proposal Form

Proposals for 1-hour concurrent sessions to be held on TUESDAY and/or WEDNESDAY, October 23rd and 24th, 2018 are now being accepted.

Proposals must be submitted via the online form by August 6, 2018. The Lead Presenter and Co-presenter(s) listed in this proposal must be registered for the conference. Registration should be completed by the Early Bird Deadline.

To complete the submission form CLICK HERE or visit

If there are any concerns or questions about this process, please contact Tricia Miller and Trisha Fos,

Don't Forget Your Complimentary LSTA Membership

Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.

All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

Steve Spangler's Sick Science

Check out Steve Spangler's Sick Science video series that helps engage students in learning science. Entire video series HERE with explanation downloads and teacher resources.

what's new in symbaloo?

Exploring Our Fluid Earth is based on the nationally recognized Fluid Earth/Living Ocean (FELO) aquatic science curriculum. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum is grounded in the inquiry approach to learning and examines marine and freshwater systems of the earth by studying the influence of water on the planet.

Carbon: Transformations in Matter and Energy (Carbon TIME) is a program that includes publicly available teaching units, teacher professional development, and teacher networks based in local education agencies. The teaching units, designed for middle and high school science classes, focus on processes that transform matter and energy in organisms, ecosystems, and global systems: combustion, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, digestion, and biosynthesis. Students use these cellular and chemical processes to explain the functioning of organisms – plants, animals, decomposers - as well as ecological and global carbon cycling.

Albert -

High School Science including advanced science test questions.

Bozeman Science - Paul Andersen has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by learners around the world. His video essentials for AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and AP Physics 1&2 are aligned to the AP curriculum. He also has created a series of videos on the Next Generation Science Standards.

STEM Teaching Tools - The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them.

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES)

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) The purpose of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is to familiarize interested science teachers with the concepts of natural selection, common ancestry, and diversity in order for them to confidently cover the topics in their classrooms and fulfill their curriculum requirements. TIES introduces teachers to the most important points of evolution and natural selection with a focus on the amazing advances of genetics. The success of TIES depends upon providing ready-to-use resources that teachers can begin to use immediately. Participating teachers or student teachers leave our workshops with presentation slides, labs, guided reading assignments, an exam, and a valuable resource list for their lesson plans.

TIES is funded by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science which is a subsidiary of the Center for Inquiry. School Districts wanting to in-service or provide professional development for their teachers can contact me to set up a workshop. The full workshop usually runs about 3 hours and includes content knowledge presentation on genetics and evolution, lab simulation and explanations and a walk through of the web page were they can access lots of free, high quality information, presentations, tests, labs, and activities. Here is a link to the website for your perusal:

If you are interested in becoming a member of this amazing Professional Learning Community as a teacher or scientist, please take a minute to sign up on the website. If you don’t want to participate, you can still feel free to take what resources you want and use them in your classroom. Everything that we have is FREE! You can also follow us on Facebook @RDFRSTIES and Twitter @rdfrsTIES. The links are also on our website.

Science Funnies!


Does your school have a Twitter page? If so, Tweet us all the great things you have going on in your science classroom! We would love to brag on you!