OUR EVOLVING EARTH
Studying the history of the Earth and its life, especially as recorded
in the Earth itself, is geology. The more we learn about the Earth's
composition and its evolution the better we come to understand how
we are connected to the rest of the universe. Geology also helps
to connect and to make sense of life and physical sciences. Yet,
all too often, it is associated with the dry, dusty naming of rocks.
In this issue, find new ways to pique your students' interest in
our planet and what it can teach us.
Our Evolving Earth in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
The variety of Earth science stories in the news ranges from such
topics as the Earth's renewable resources to how craters are linked
to a mass extinction. Another article discusses how people are failing
to recognize the potential dangers involved when various environmental
sites are affected by large scale and rapid changes.
Click here to read more:
Evolving Earth on the Net
In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members read "Digging the Past." The link to that
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords;
the keyword from this issue is:
Dynamic Earth: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562111221044
Articles on Our Evolving Earth
The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some fresh
ideas on teaching geology to your elementary students.
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The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and
other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this
issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance
to the theme of this
issueOur Evolving Earth. Click here for this issue's recommended
To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level,
"Does anyone worry these days about teachers
aspirationstheir professional dreams and expectations for
themselves?" Read "Teachers of Ambition, " James
M. Banner, Jr.'s piece in Education Weekly.
NSTA President Anne Tweed has established the International
Task Force, led by Dr. Michael Padilla, President elect. It is the
charge of the task force to investigate and recommend a strategic
plan in support of an enhanced international role for NSTA.
To learn more, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/international.htm
If the Sun was about the size of the famous Lovell
radio dish at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England
(diameter 76m), Pluto would be in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Neptune
in Armagh, Ireland. Read about how schools in the United Kingdom
participate in the Spaced Out project, which aims to create one
of the world's largest scale models of the Solar System.
Dive into the NSTA
Online Book Club
The NSTA Online Book Club this month features trade books and activities
about the science of water. Log on to the Book Club forum and you
could be a winner! Gift certificates to the NSTA Science Store will
be awarded to the teachers who submit the most interesting posts.
for more details.
Write for NSTA's Journals
Science and Children (Grades PreK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
NSTA administers several awards that recognize the professional
efforts of science teachers and educators. Click here to read more
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