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 high school edition will focus on Inquiry-Based
Activities. 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.
Inquiry and problem solving are central to the
standards-based teaching of science. However, the art of encouraging
students to take ownership of material and become problem solvers
is not always a simple task. Science educators may find themselves
asking such questions as: What does inquiry really mean; where can
I find inquiry-related activities; and how can I implement those
lessons into my curriculum to meet state and national science standards?
High school science educators will find a wide array of resources—news
and journal articles, books, and websites—in this issue of
Science Class to help answer those questions. Read on and
learn how you can use inquiry in your science classroom!
in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Inquiry can take many forms in the science classroom. Read how
teachers across the country are using inquiry to ask trivia questions
at science bowls and in hands-on activities to teach students about
Click here to read the latest:
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.
Natural Resources: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910441033
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 inquiry-based
From The Science Teacher archives: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/high_school.htm
Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:
Activities in April's The Science Teacher
Have you checked your content lately? At the recent American Association
for the Advancement of Science meeting, scientists shared some of
their research. For updates on cell biology, bacteria classification,
and everybody's favorite phenylthiocarbamide (PTC)-tasting lab,
check out: http://www.nsta.org/sciconnect.
(Please note that you must have an NSTA membership number to access
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:
The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/tst.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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