Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators,
celebrates its one-year anniversary with this issue. Thank
you to all of our readers for making our first year so successful.
Science Class now reaches over 100,000 science educators
every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our
readers—has been invaluable. To kick off our second
year of "publication," we have incorporated many
of your suggestions for improvement.
Every month, Science Class
will continue to feature curriculum topics, but those topics
will be tailored to match the focus of NSTA's K–12 journals.
In this issue, the elementary edition will focus on Outdoor
Adventures. Each theme
will be supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," books, and NSTA
We hope you enjoy the changes we've
made to Science Class. Please continue to let us know
via our Feedback link how you like the newsletter and how
we can make it better for you.
Elementary science teachers can have a challenging
time of finding ways to attract the minds of young students in the
science classroom. The combination of short attention spans and
abstract science concepts can make a simple assignment turn into
a daunting task. Science teachers, however, have numerous resources
they can rely upon in their communities to make learning fun and
exciting for students. For example, some educators have planted
gardens to teach students about good nutrition and how to care for
plants. Teachers have also "adopted" airline pilots to
help students learn lessons about flight.
Elementary science educators will find dozens of resources—news
and journal articles, websites, and books—in this issue of
Science Class to help students combine the outdoors and learning
in an exciting science adventure. Read on and enjoy!
Outdoor Adventures in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
When businesses and schools connect, the result can be a rewarding
outdoor adventure. Read how two schools have started new programs
with community-based organizations to help students enhance their
skills outside the science classroom.
Click here to read the latest:
Adventures 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.
Adventures in NSTA Journal Articles
The following journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom
lessons and activities related to outdoor adventures.
From this month's Science & Children issue: http://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool
From the Science & Children archives:: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/elementary.htm
on Outdoor Adventures
Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:
Adventures in April's Science & Children
Check out the many online extensions offered in the April issue
of Science & Children.
Click here to learn more:
The U.S. Department of Education publishes a report of Exemplary
and Promising Science Programs. Each description includes a general
overview, a discussion of related professional development, program
costs, a description of program quality, evidence of the program's
effectiveness and success, the program's educational significance
and usefulness to others, and ordering and contact information.
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse brings you that report.
Click here to learn more:
Exemplary and Promising Science Programs 2001 Part 1 (PDF version)
Exemplary and Promising Science Programs 2001 Part 2 (PDF version)
Write for NSTA's Journals
To learn more, visit:
Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/sc.htm
Meet Author Lynne Cherry!
The award-winning author of The Great Kapok Tree will answer
your questions throughout the month of April. Lynne Cherry's book
is aimed at elementary students, but readers of all grade levels
are invited to join the discussion.
Click here to join the discussion:
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