How do your students measurement skills measure up? Did you know
that the week containing the tenth day of the tenth month is National
Metric Week? The U.S. Metric Association (http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/metric-week.html)
has many ideas for encouraging American students and teachers to
master metric measurement. National Metric Week provides an excellent
opportunity for teachers to acquaint students with the usage, history,
and importance in the world as the international system of measurement.
This issue presents many ideas that will have you thinking differently
about how you teach your students to measure up.
in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news articles explain why scientists need to
measure color distortion and light, as well as a plan to redefine
the most basic unit of measurement—the kilogram.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "What's Hot? What's Not?" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52613.
For the complete Science and Children October 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52667.
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
Systems of Measurement: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621111010661011
Journal Articles on Measurement
The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for improving
your students' measurement skills.
Click here to read more:
To read about measurement in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/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,
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
Polar Year! 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
The Salvation of Science (The
The president of the Australian Academy of Technological
Sciences and Engineering, Robin Batterham, writes about her concern
that so many of her nation's students are not choosing to study
science, education, and technology.
Click here to read more:
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. To read the October column "Learning
Measurement", visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52619.
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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