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is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
news stories, Internet "SciLinks," NSTA journal
articles (sorted by grade range), books, and more. In addition,
every issue includes a column on professional development,
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If you think that paleontology is just the study
of dinosaurs, you are not alone. But it is much more. Paleontologists
study fossils to understand what happened at different points in
our planet's history. Paleontologists study many different fields
of science to combine knowledge gained from anthropologists, archaeologists,
biologists, computer science engineers, ecologists, and geologists
to learn about the human race's place in the world. Sometimes the
distinctions between these different fields become blurry, because
they do often overlap.
The University of California at Berkeley's website
does a great job of explaining "What Paleontology is NOT"
by describing the different methods and areas of focus of paleontology,
anthropology, and archaeology.
One of the most exciting aspects of paleontology
is that you don't have to be a professional to contribute to the
field. Some significant contributions have been made by amateurs.
To help you teach the budding paleontologists in your classroom,
we've included ideas, articles, news stories, and websites to fire
up their imaginations and inspire their curiosity. Dig in!
in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Paleontological discoveries are hot news right now! Discover what's
new in old fossils. Use these opportunities to link today's headlines
to your science unit on fossils, dinosaurs, or paleontology.
Click here for the latest news stories.
on the Net
SciLinks is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA
that connects your lesson and/or course materials (certain textbooks,
NSTA books, and journal articles) with online content chosen just
for your selected topics. NSTA members can search by keyword or
phrase and receive a list of teacher-approved Internet resources.
Elementary: Paleontology http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562111101022
Intermediate: Paleontology http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511101022
High School: Paleontology http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569911101022
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 paleontology.
Fossil Challenges Theory of Bird Origin
High School: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/enewsletter/2002-09/high_school.htm
Check out these titles from NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends:
About the Earth
to the Challenge
Rocks & Minerals, Hands-on Science Series
Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils
"You wouldnt dream of walking into a classroom without
any idea what you want to accomplish. Why
treat your own learning any differently?" The Eisenhower
National Clearinghouse (ENC).
The ENC developed a comprehensive form to empower NSTA members
to develop their own professional plan for learning. Print it out
and start your plan today!
Click here to view the form:
If you are interested in Professional Development from NSTA, click
Highlights are provided by the NSTA WebNews Service. For additional
NSTA Highlights, as well as the latest science and education news,
NSTA Wants To Hear From You!
What do you think about NSTA's lead paper "Beyond 2000Teachers
of Science Speak Out" on how all students learn science and
the implications to the science education community? To read the
paper and to find out how to respond, click here:
NSTA Awards Deadline Extended
Due to overwhelming requests from teachers interested in applying
for the NSTA teacher award programs, NSTA is extending the deadline
for entries to Oct. 15, 2001. For a list of programs that are covered
under the extension, click here:
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Learn how your students can benefit from this challenging competition.
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Meet Author Linda Tagliaferro Online
Author of Galapagos Islands: Nature's Delicate Balance at Risk
questions from teachers and students
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Careers in Science
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