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The month of May is the perfect time for middle
level science educators to teach students astronomythe study
of objects and matter outside the Earth's atmosphere. Not only have
astronomers made recent major discoveries in this field, science
teachers can share the joy of astronomy with their students on Astronomy
Day (May 10) and during Astronomy Week, to be held May 511,
2003. Teachers can find more information about these events at http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/event_detail.php?event_ID=1566.
Middle level science educators will also find a wide array of resources
about astronomynews and journal articles, books, and websitesin
this issue of Science Class. So read on and see how you can
enhance your students learning of the solar system!
Astronomy in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Click here to read the latest:
on the Net
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen for selected keywords. This month's SciLink keyword is:
Astronomy with a Stick provides online activities for you to use
in your classroom. To learn more, click here:
Celebrate Astronomy week (May 511) with the Astronomical
League's help. Click here to learn more:
Day Into Night (DIN) is a set of activities for upper elementary
and middle level students. In DIN, students will develop and use
basic observational techniques to explore the proliferation of light
pollution. Click here to learn more:
AstronomyDaily.com contain observation information updated
in real time and customizable for your viewing location and time
zone. Click here to learn more:
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 astronomy.
From this month's Science Scope: http://www.nsta.org/middleschool
From the Science Scope archives: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-05/middle.htm
Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:
in May's Science Scope
Directions for constructing a simple astrolabe can be found in
the online version of "Meeting the MOON from a Global Perspective
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse provides a good introduction
to professional development with an article by Susan Loucks-Horsley.
Click here to learn more and to read about the five principles of
Write for NSTA's Journals
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Science Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-05/scope.htm
What Do Your Students
Think of You?
NSTA believes that its members represent the best the science teaching
profession has to offer. Let's see if your students agree. The Public
Education Network is accepting essays from public school students
in grades 6, 7, and 8, titled "My Teacher Is the Best,"
as part of its campaign in support of education funding at http://www.GiveKidsGoodSchools.com.
The deadline is May 31.
Meet Author Mia Posada!
The award-winning author of Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright
and Dandelions: Stars in the Grass takes your questions throughout
the month of May.
Click here to join the discussion:
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