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 middle level edition will focus on Student
MadeMaking Models and More.
The theme will continue to be supported by a range of NSTA-approved
teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®,"
books, and NSTA journal articles.
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.
MODELS AND MORE
Students can learn abstract concepts in several
different ways, but teachers who want to make their lessons more
exciting often turn to hands-on activities. Involving students in
building projects is one approach to helping students learn difficult
concepts in a fun and easy way.
In this issue of Science Class, you will find several resources—news
and journal articles, books, and websites—to help you plan
creative lesson plans that will enable your students to build or
make models while learning the science they need to succeed.
Making Models in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Encouraging middle school students to build things can be fun and
educational. Learn how several middle level teachers in Michigan
recently taught their students lessons in science and math while
allowing them to build their own futuristic models of cities.
Click here to read the latest:
Models 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.
Using Models: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510441033
Models 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 making
From this month's Science Scope issue: http://www.nsta.org/middleschool
From the Science Scope archives: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/middle.htm
on Making Models
Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:
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 Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/scope.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.
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