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this issue, Environment & Ecosystemsthat
is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
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NSTA journal articles, sorted by grade range.
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ENVIRONMENT & ECOSYSTEMS
Instilling today's students with a sense of
stewardship toward the Earth's environment can be fun yet challenging.
Science teachers might have difficulty teaching this broad subject
because many news stories and lesson plans stray away from the science
and delve into sentiment regarding our responsibility to preserving
the Earth's environment. You may find yourself asking: What teaching
methods will inform my students while inspiring them at the same
In this month's issue of Science Class, you can help your students
learn about the Environment and its Ecosystemscommunities
of organisms and the environments in which they function. In recent
months, scientists have made several discoveries regarding the Earth's
ecosystems. For instance, researchers recently learned that Lake
Vida, located in Antarctica, contains the thickest nonglacial lake
ice cover on Earth and houses centuries-old bacteria that may help
in the hunt for evidence of life on other planets. Scientists have
also found that projected increases in rainfall resulting from global
climate changes have significant impacts on ecosystems.
Scientists aren't the only ones who can make discoveries about
the environment and its ecosystems. In this issue of Science
Class, teachers and their students can learn more about this
topic through news and journal articles, websites, books, and other
resources. By sharing the importance of protecting the environment
with their students, teachers can help create a new generation of
& Ecosystems in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Tomorrow's environmental protectors are in today's classroom. Help
them learn about the Earth's environment and its ecosystems with
these timely news stories.
Click here for the latest news stories.
& Ecosystems 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.
Elementary: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110111033
Intermediate: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510111033
High School: Pollution http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910111033
& Ecosystems 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 the
Earth's environment and ecosystems.
High School: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/high_school.htm
on the Environment & Ecosystems
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Did you ever wonder who the learner is in "learner-centered
education?" Is it the teacher or is it the student? The Eisenhower
National Clearinghouse clarifies this often-used phrase as it helps
teachers to continue their own professional development plans.
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Meet Award-Winning Author Sally Walker Online
The author of Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth
will be available to answer your questions
about her book throughout the month of January. This amazing fish
story is a wonderful illustration of the process of scientific discovery
for young readers.
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