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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science
Class focuses on Writing
to Learn Science.
This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching
resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA
journal articles. To view the middle level and high
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WRITING TO LEARN
The merits of incorporating writing activities into your science
curriculum are many. You can assess students' misconceptions and
preconceptions through their writings. When students have to write
about a topic, they have to explore it in greater depth than they
would if they were simply having a class discussion. Writing exposes
gaps in knowledge that discussions may not reveal. Students' writing
skills sharpen when they have to write in specific content areas,
and their critical-thinking skills improve as well. Take the advice
from the authors of an article in this month's Science and Children,
and make thinking visible by encouraging your students to write.
Writing to Learn Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
Living Lab is a Smart Approach to Teaching (USA Today)
An award-winning educator turns her classroom into a living lab
to teach students language arts and math through hands-on science.
to Learn Science on the Net
In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members read "Making Things Visible." The link to
that article is:
Articles on Writing to Learn Science
The following NSTA journal articles show how some teachers add
writing components to their science lessons.
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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
issueWriting to Learn Science. Click here for this issue's
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To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level,
A new study offers guidance to university administrators
and legal counsels, as well as educatorsto help them enhance
diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
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International Task Force Gets Down to Business
President-Elect Michael Padilla is the chair of NSTA's International
Task Force; he has been making the rounds in Washington. He has
been meeting with officials of key organizations in preparation
for the first NSTA task force meeting in Indianapolis on November
6. Padilla met with Joseph Esposito, U.S. Department of Education's
undersecretary for international affairs as well as officials from
NASA/Globe and the National Science Foundation. Padilla also conducted
a teleconference with Alan Farstrup, executive director of the International
Reading Association. His purposes for these meetings were twofold:
to learn of each organization's international activities and to
discuss areas of mutual interest and potential activity.
If you would like to provide suggestions for the task force meeting,
please contact either Michael Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Frank Owens at email@example.com.
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:
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