So much of the Earth is covered by ocean waters, and yet our oceans
remain one of the last frontiers of truly unexplored territory.
As new technologies emerge that aid in exploration, the mysteries
of the seas are slowly revealing themselves to us. The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents a comprehensive
that provides lesson plans and professional development opportunities.
Depending on where you live, many of your students may return to
school still excited about their beach vacations, and others may
have never seen the ocean. Inspire their curiosity about the unknown
with ideas and suggestions from this issue of Science Class.
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this issue focus on different ocean phenomena
and factors that affect the ocean environment.
To read more, visit
Science on the Web
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
Exploring Earth's Oceans: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621108810661011
Journal Articles on Ocean Science
The NSTA journal archives yield several articles that provide creative
approaches to teaching your students about oceans.
Click here to read more:
To read about Ocean Science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-08/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,
Issues New Position Statement on Professional Development
"To be prepared for the 21st century, it is
critical that all students have sufficient knowledge of and skills
in science. Studies suggest that high-quality teaching can make
a significant difference in student learning. NSTA believes a
high-quality science teacher workforce requires meaningful, ongoing
professional development." To read the entire Position Statement,
Teachers from South Korea visit the United States
to learn about its Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs; they learn
that programs here differ greatly from their programs at home.
To read more, visit The Register-Guard website at http://www.registerguard.com/news/2006/07/13/c1.cr.korea.0713.p1.php?section=cityregion.
A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled between
September 2006 and March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food
safety, the Moon, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living
and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International
To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take
place at the Midwestern Area Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October
and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author
Exploration, presented by NASA
and Children (S&C) and NSTA have 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. 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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