STRATEGIES FOR SCIENCE
Reading activities mixed with science investigations can be a powerful
combination. Teachers are looking for ways to integrate reading
and science, particularly for ways that complement both subjects.
The two subjects share many processes in common, such as making
predictions, inferences, collecting evidence, and more. Chris Ohana,
field editor of Science and Children, explains that reading
should take place in a classroom in which students engage in investigations
and inquiry. "We do not suggest that reading should replace
a more active, investigative science experience." This issue
highlights the positive results when the two are combined effectively.
Strategies for Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss new research,
curriculum units, and a genetic technique that all combine science
to learn more.
Strategies for Science on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Primary Students and Informational Texts"
For the complete Science and Children November 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52833.
Journal Articles on Reading Strategies for Science
The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for incorporating
reading strategies into your science lessons.
Click here to read more:
To read about reading strategies in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/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 through
March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon,
Mars exploration, plate tectonics, 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,
The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take
place at the Western Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah,
December 7-9, 2006:
Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Yale and Publishers Launch “Online Access to Research in
the Environment” for Global Access to Critical Environmental
To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources,
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University,
and leading science and technology publishers today launch a new
collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental
sciences available online to scientists, researchers, and policy
makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.
To read more, visit http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-10-30-05.all.html
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.
The article "Inquiry on Board" from the
October issue of Science and Children contained some
typographical errors. In two places (in Figure 1 and under the
subhead Choose Variables, the parenthetical descriptions of independent
variable and dependent variables were incorrect. For a corrected
pdf of the article for your files, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/sc0610_34.pdf.
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a
Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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