Although students may be unclear about the relevance of some science
subjects, weather is not one of them. Weather is big news. When
Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel's Storm Stories spoke
at an NSTA conference, he recalled that he was always fascinated
by weather, but he never dreamed what the future held for him. "When
I was a kid, I couldn't imagine that one day there would be a TV
channel devoted to the weather 24 hours a day and that people would
watch it!" Today's students have certainly seen the effects
of severe weather. The devastating effects of the recent hurricanes
have been broadcast in living color for all to observe. Students
tend to be interested in learning about the weather—both everyday
and severe—and the news stories, journal articles, and new
books featured in this issue can help you bring the weather right
into your classroom.
Weather in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
The three articles selected for this month's issue discuss technologies
to track hurricanes, the ways global warming can affect weather,
and the weather as a news staple.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "What Happens to Animals During Hurricanes?"
The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51521.
For the complete February Science Scope Table of Contents,
SciLinks® 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
Journal Articles on Weather
The archives of Science Scope provide additional articles
that deal with weather.
Click here to learn more:
To read about weather in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books,
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
these online events are grant-funded, they are offered at no cost;
however, the number of participants is limited, so advance registration
is strongly advised. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates,
and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
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
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference
on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9,
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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