ART AND SCIENCE INTEGRATION
Both scientists and artists find the world a wondrous place. They
carefully observe the world and try to make sense of it from their
perspective. Some teachers are reaping the benefits of blending
art and science in the classroom. You can help your students develop
critical observational skills by integrating art into your lessons.
If you inspire their inquisitive natures, you just might lead them
to deeper levels of understanding of the world around them.
and Science Integration in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this month’s theme discuss how
training programs and grants can help students integrate art and
to learn more.
and Science on the Web
In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Biome Is Where the Art Is." The
link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=50915.
NSTA knows how busy you are, so the editors of Science and
Children have put all of the links from the September issue
in one place. To access the links, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-09/elemlinks.htm.
Journal Articles on Art and Science Integration
Click here to read more:
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The U.S. Department of Education recently launched
"Teachers Ask the Secretary," a new feature of its website
According to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, "This
easy-to-use page will help teachers learn answers on a wide range
of subjects: teacher quality, professional development, state
academic standards, and more. We will share best practices and
success stories under the No Child Left Behind Act. And we will
listen to your concerns." To ask a question or to view what
other teachers are asking, go directly to http://www.ed.gov/teachersask.
Americans and Chinese Differ in Their World
"Richard E. Nisbett of the University of Michigan
and his colleagues conducted a series of experiments in which
Chinese and American students were shown a number of images, each
depicting a single subject against a realistic and complex background.
The participants—who wore an eye-movement tracker during
the tests—were then shown pictures containing the same subjects
on either old or new backgrounds and asked to judge whether they
had seen the subjects before." This article from the August
23 issue of Scientific American examines the results
of these experiments and their bearing on differences in socialization
To read the rest of the article, visit
New York Hall of Science Exhibit
This unique exhibit of Quantoons, illustrations of
physics concepts from Quantum magazine by noted cartoonist
Tomas Bunk of MAD Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids trading
cards, will be on display from September 17 to November 30, 2005.
For more information, visit http://www.nyhallsci.org/nyhs-pressroom/nyhs-upcomingevents/pr-publicevents.html#gallery.
To order the new NSTA Press book Quantoons, visit
The Early Years
and Children (S&C) and NSTA have established a
blog devoted to early childhood science (see http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog).
Here you’ll find teaching advice, management tips, favorite
resources, and activity ideas specifically for teachers of grades
preK–2. The blog accompanies Science and Children’s
column The Early Years. To view the first column, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?category_ID=86&news_story_ID=50933.
Highlights from the online conversations will appear in
the print column. Teachers who post a comment that gets chosen for
publication in S&C will receive one free
book from a select group of NSTA Press publications.
Call for Papers
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
for Evening Skies?
Regrettably, Science and Children will no longer include
Evening Skies Monthly Star Map and Sky Calendar in the journal.
However, yearly subscriptions to the map and calendar are available
from the Abrams Planetarium for $11 and can begin at any point in
the year. To subscribe, visit http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/SkyCalendar/Index.html.
Subscribers will be mailed hard copies of three star maps and calendars
four times a year to cover the entire calendar year. Or, check out
for free star map downloads from StarMaps.com (permission
is required for multiple copies for classroom or science club use).
Last, Skywatcher's Diary http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/diary.html
posts a monthly detailing of sky happenings. Happy Stargazing!
Nature of Science
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