Welcome to the 2014 USTA Conference!!!

Utah Valley Convention Center - Provo, UT

We have worked hard to make sure that there is something for every science teacher at every hour of the conference.  Please make sure that after a breakout session you take the time to fill out a survey.  Every survey you fill out is an entry into our raffle for some great prizes to use in the classroom and on your free time.

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Elementary (3-6) [clear filter]
Friday, February 7


Where Did You Read That? Integrating Science into the Literacy Curriculum
Do you run out of time teaching your entire science curriculum every year? Looking for ways to integrate your science activities into your literacy lessons? This is the class for you! In this session, you will see examples of successful integration of students learning about science throughout the literacy curriculum.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade D


Wrapping Your Mind Around the Moon
Do you need new ideas on how to teach phases of the moon? This class will help participants understand why we see different phases of the even though light is always shining on half the moon. We will focus on the angle relationship between the sun, earth, and moon of why we see the light grow and diminish on the moon. There will be lesson plan hand-outs.


Paul Nance

Curriculum Department

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade D


Dirt: Secrets in the Soil
Participants will be up to their elbows in the study of soil as we explore authentic, hands-on learning activities that can be used to engage students with an understanding of how soils are formed, soil components, soil types, and erosion. These targeted core curriculum instructional resources will provide teachers with new ideas, activities, and tools to build greater understanding and retention among students in the area of soil science. Participants will receive curriculum materials and a classroom soils kit. (WANT TO CONTACT AND CHANGE TO 1st 30 to get resources) This workshop is designed for fourth grade teachers and will be limited to 30 participants.

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Lynn Wallin

Education Specialist, Utah State University; Agriculture in the Classroom
Lynn Wallin is an education specialist for Utah Agriculture in the Classroom at Utah State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education degree from Utah State University.

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D


Introduction to Heredity
Introduce basic concepts about traits, inheritance, and DNA; includes math and graphing integration. Five student and three take-home family activities; all in English and Spanish. Available for free: learn.genetics.utah.edu


Molly Malone

University of Utah - GSLC

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D


Science Content Literacy
Where does literacy fit into your science classroom instruction? Content is what we teach, but there is also the how, and this is where literacy instruction comes in. This session will provide engaging, effective strategies and example lessons to get students to think about, write about, read about, and talk about the content you teach.

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Karre Nevarez

6th Grade (Advanced Learning Lab), Alpine - Westfield Elementary
I teach a S.T.E.M. focused class in Alpine School District, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I am passionate about project-based learning and teaching 21st Century skills in a fun, accepting learning environment.

Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D