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newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science
Class features a curriculum topic that is supported by
a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories,
Internet "SciLinks," NSTA journal articles (sorted
by grade level), books, and more. In addition, every issue
includes a column on professional development, as well as
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you live in a warm climate or a cold one? Wet or dry? And what
was the weather like outside today? Was it consistent with your
climate or a deviation?
As scientists are quick to point out, climate
and weather are in fact two different things. While weather describes
whatever is happening outdoors in a given place at a given time,
climate refers to the long-term average of a region’s weather
events (i.e., it’s a measure of the typical weather found at a
Of course, climate and weather are very closely
related, and it is common to study them together. As such, this
month’s issue of Science Class addresses some key climate-
and weather-related questions that you can explore with your students.
These questions include:
- How do scientists predict climate
and weather trends?
- What variables (e.g., proximity to the equator, atmospheric conditions,
ocean currents, etc.) affect climate and weather, and in the
case of climate, what factors are contributing to long-term
- What is the impact of climate and weather on plant and animal life,
Thank you for your positive
response to last month’s issue of Science Class. We hope
you enjoy this issue as much as you are (no doubt) enjoying the
long-awaited warmth of springtime!
and Weather in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA Web News Department
Virtually all scientists agree that Earth, as
a whole, is gradually warming. But what factors (natural vs. manmade)
are contributing to rising temperatures, and what has the impact
been on the world’s ecosystems? Two recent news stories explore
the causes and effects of global warming. A third asks: What should
policymakers do about it?
Read the latest news stories:
and Weather on the Net
SciLinks is an interactive, Web-based service
that connects your lesson and/or course materials (textbooks,
supplemental titles, and journal articles) with online content
chosen just for your selected topics. Members can search by keyword
or phrase and receive a list of teacher-approved Internet resources.
Elementary: What is Weather? http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=1174191044
Intermediate: Severe Weather http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=74635647339910$
High School: Global Warming and
Global Climate Change http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=8181227710
and Weather-Related NSTA Journal Articles
The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide
you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related
to climate and weather.
High School: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-04/high_school.htm
on Climate and Weather
Check out these titles from NSTA Press: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-04/books.htm
Why develop a professional
development plan? Without explicit goals, it is hard to get results.
Goals represent what people commit themselves to do. Treating
your learning in a hit-or-miss way is akin to walking into your
classroom with no idea about what you want to do and what you
want to accomplish.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (2002)
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