People are often fascinated to learn about the characteristics
that make them unique. Students can really grasp the significance
of the characteristic properties of matter, such as density; melting,
freezing, and boiling points; and electrical conductivity, when
they understand that those characteristics are what distinguishes
one type of matter from another. This issue presents many ideas
for inspiring your students' understanding of these properties.
Properties in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
The following news stories discuss various forms of matter.
to learn more.
Practice on the Web
In this month's middle-level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Shampoo, Soy Sauce, and the Prince's Pendant"
For the complete Science Scope October 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52670.
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
Characteristic Properties of Matter:
Journal Articles on Characteristic
Read these articles from the NSTA journal archives for ideas .
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To read about Characteristic Properties in NSTA Press® and
NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/books_middle.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
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:
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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