Rocks, soil, volcanoes—these are things that elementary students
are fascinated by and excited to learn about. By capitalizing on that
interest, your students can begin to understand the effects of erosion,
the importance of discovering fossils, and what our planet has to
tell us about its own history. This issue presents many ideas to help
you inspire your students to dig in to Earth Science.
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Three news stories discuss geologists’efforts to learn more
about the Earth.
to learn more.
Science on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "This Land is Your Land" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52973.
For the complete Science and Children December 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52994.
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 Earth Science
The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for incorporating
Earth science into your science lessons.
Click here to read more:
To read about Earth science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/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,
The NSTA Web Seminars series continues through March
2007! Topics include: nutrition and outbreaks, Mars exploration,
the ocean's role in weather and climate, space weather, gravity,
circular motion, work and simple machines, and the International
Polar Year. To learn more and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The following NSTA Symposia topics will be presented
at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April
International Polar Year science and discoveries,
kinetic and potential energy, work and simple machines, global
positioning system and geography, nutrition and outbreaks, and
Education in a Global Age
Given the common challenges posed by globalization,
many nations also face capacity-building issues in workforce development
and education. In 2005, Asia Society and the Ministry of Education
of the People’s Republic of China convened the U.S.-China
Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education in Denver,
Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to deepen knowledge of
the two education systems and to develop a set of ideas as to
how the two countries could learn from each others’ strengths
and challenges in mathematics and science education. This report
summarizes the discussion at the Forum as well as related research
on Asian achievement in math and science to make these ideas available
to a wider audience.
To read more, visit http://www.internationaled.org/mathsciencereport.pdf.
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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