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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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Ready or not, the new school year is here. Whether
you're a first-time teacher, a veteran of many years, or something
in-between, we wish you the best of luck for a successful, productive
year. We also hope that NSTA's many resources for science
teachers can help make your job a little bit easier.
month's issue of Science Class focuses on a topic that is a consistent
student favorite: animal behaviors. Although we tend to think of
this topic as being most appropriate for elementary-aged students,
it's also a great jumping-off
point for older students, offering strong connections to evolutionary
theory, physiology, ecology, and other subdisciplines. For example,
in this issue, we'll explore some of the traits animals have developed
over millions of years of evolution to maximize their reproductive
success; the strategies they use to ensure their survival in a highly
competitive world; and the adaptations they have made (and continue
to make) to changing and sometimes hostile environmental conditions.
the slimy maneuverings of tiny snails to the sophisticated communication
methods of giant elephants, the world of animal behaviors is a complex
and infinitely fascinating one. As you delve into the new school
year, we hope this issue gives you some of the resources you need
to make that world come alive for your students.
Behaviors in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
In a healthy ecosystem, one is likely to find many animals thriving
in a dynamic interplay of friends and enemies, predators and prey.
What happens, then, when a nonnative species is introduced (usually
accidentally) into an existing ecosystem? As this month's
news stories show, the result can be ecological chaos, with the
'invader' quickly establishing dominance over the native
organisms. What's more, the costs to humans can often be quite
high, a reality that is prompting many countries to crack down on
their unwanted guests.
Click here for the latest news stories.
Behaviors on the Net
SciLinks is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA
that connects your lesson and/or course materials (books 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
Elementary: Animal Camouflage http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=638210221011
Intermediate: Behaviors and Adaptations http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=7496224411
High School: Animal Behavior http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9675553322$74148833553355
Behaviors in NSTA Journal Articles
The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide
you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to animal
behaviors. Many of the 'animals' featured are tiny creatures, chosen
for their suitability to the classroom.
Wings of Spring
Red Fish, Blue Fish
The Lady or the Tiger? Insect Decision-Making Investigations
Something to Crow About
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Hands-On Herpetology: Exploring Ecology and Conservation
Classroom Creature Culture: Algae to Anoles
Elephants and Their Young: Science and Math Activities
for Young Children
An important facet of a teacher's
professional development involves selecting appropriate learning
strategies. In this column, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
provides techniques for professional learning to accomplish those
learning goals. Learn from experts how to create, adapt, and use
instructional materials to improve teaching practice and student
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Highlights are provided by the NSTA WebNews Service. For additional
NSTA Highlights, as well as the latest science and education news,
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