"Even though chemistry is a cornerstone of scientific
literacy—standing smack in the intersection of physics and
biology—we haven’t done a good job communicating either
its importance or how interesting it is. Chemistry isn’t often
a favorite school subject," writes Science and Children
Field Editor Chris Ohana in "So Long, Chem-o-Phobia,"
an article appearing in the February issue.
Ironically, however, students like to mix things together—the
messier the better. Helping your young students understand that
combining different materials is the basis of chemistry will go
a long way toward staving off future cases of "Chem-o-Phobia."
This issue of Science Class includes relevant news stories,
journal articles, and new books that can help you start to mix things
up in your classroom.
and Matter in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news stories can serve as a tool to help students
better understand chemistry and boost their interest in the subject.
to learn more.
and Matter on the Web
In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Fun with Phase Changes." The link
to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51497.
For the complete February Science and Children Table of
Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51574.
To read the Editor's Note, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?news_story_ID=51518.
Each issue of Science and Children provides the reader
with many online resources; to view a list of all of the websites
in the February issue, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/linkselem.htm.
Journal Articles on Mixing and Matter
The archives of Science and Children contain several articles
related to Mixing and Matter.
Click here to read more:
To read about Mixing
and Matter in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/books_elementary.htm.
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Quality Counts at 10, Education Week's
newly published report, provides detailed individualized state-by-state
reports, assembling key findings in an accessible format that
allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance
on this year’s indicators and its progress over time. The
report is free until February 4; it will then
be available for purchase. To read more about the report, visit
A recent BBC News article shows how other
nations are dealing with teacher shortages, and it reveals that
many career changers are choosing to enter the teaching profession.
To read more, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4643928.stm.
These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow
distant participants to interact with recognized experts, including
NSTA Press authors and NASA scientists, engineers, and education
specialists. Seminars take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., EST. Because
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The February Web Seminars are scheduled on these
February 8: Olaf Jorgenson, co-author
of Doing Good Science in Middle School, looks at inquiry
in the classroom.
February 16: Bill Carlsen, co-author of Watershed
Dynamics, returns with more environmental science concepts
and activities for high school teachers.
February 22: Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John
Summers, co-authors of Investigating Safely, will discuss
more safety requirements for the high school classroom and laboratory.
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference
on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9, 2006:
Planets, Life, and the Universe, presented by NASA
for the Journey to Space: Energy, presented by NASA
Ecosystems, presented by NOAA
Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Student Ideas in Science, presented by NSTA Press authors
Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin
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.
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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