In this month's Science Scope, Elizabeth Belk writes about
the similarities between science process skills and reading comprehension
skills (Padilla, Muth, and Lund-Padilla, 1991). In science, students
investigate a problem and collect data; in reading, students ask
questions and take notes. In science, students interpret data and
communicate results; in reading, students think inductively and
deductively and arrange information logically. In science, students
draw a conclusion for their experiment; in reading, students analyze
critically and identify main ideas (Martin, Sexton, and Gerlovich
2001). "Science and reading are related, hence, effective reading
and comprehension skills impact achievement in science," says
Belk. In this issue, read about different approaches science teachers
are taking to improving their students' reading.
Strategies in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss strategies
and programs that can help your students become better readers.
to read more.
Strategies on the Net
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Improving Science Reading Comprehension."
The link to that article is:
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keyword for this issue is:
Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=6320459910331055
Articles on Reading Strategies
The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how new
reading strategies are being used by today's science teachers.
Click here to read more:
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 this month's theme Reading Strategies. Click here for this
issue's recommended titles:
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:
To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level,
Outstanding Science Trade Books
Teachers who use science trade books in the classroom can now see
which books have been selected for the 2005 NSTA/CBC Outstanding
Science Trade Books for Students K-12 list. Click below to see the
books selected as the best of the year for their accurate science
content and outstanding presentation:
In the article Thinking of Each and Every One,
one teacher explains how she learned about equity from her students
(Eisenhower National Clearinghouse).
Click here to read more:
Bigger Picture—U.S. Education in a Global Context
Iris Rothberg's commentary compares how the United
States addresses the challenges of education to the approaches
of many other countries. Although all countries struggle with
many of the same issues, our solutions are as varied as our cultures.
International Activities for Dallas Convention
Whether you're traveling from just across the border
in Mexico or halfway around the world from China, NSTA has something
for our international constituents attending this year's national
convention. For information on the international activities NSTA
is offering in Dallas from March 31 to April 3, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-03/intlmiddle.htm.
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journals? Before you get started, please review the valuable
online writing resources assembled by NSTA’s editors.
Call for Papers
Science Scope (Grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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