Comprehending some of the basic cycles in science, coupled with
an understanding of inquiry, gives students the necessary tools
to address future challenges in science with skill and knowledge.
In this issue, read about the innovative approaches of elementary
science teachers who work to provide their students with the primary
foundations they need to succeed.
Foundations in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Teachers Use Hands-On Experiments to Ensure That Science
Lessons Stick (Arizona Republic)
Urban educators try to expose students to science in more meaningful
ways, such as using hands-on activities and going on field trips,
after too many years of students learning only from textbooks.
Foundations on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Fabulous Weather Day" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53128.
For the complete Science and Children January 2007 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53139.
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
Technology Teaching Tools: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621101110771011
Journal Articles on Primary Foundations
The articles in NSTA journal archives provide many ideas for building
a strong foundation in science with your young students.
Click here to read more:
To read about Primary Foundations in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-01/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 Budding Scientist
With an increased emphasis on testing science achievement
comes a corresponding need to make science interesting and exciting
to students. The authors in the December 2006 issue of Educational
Leadership spotlight science education, discussing the demand
for more rigorous science teaching in classrooms, the professional
development science teachers require, and the need to share best
Click here to read more: http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/index.jsp
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the
National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri,
March 29 – April 1, 2007:
of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF,
NASA, and NOAA
Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA,
Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented
Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Happy Birthday, Darwin! Are you and your students
aware that Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who provided
the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection,
was an indifferent student and slow learner who preferred to spend
hours watching birds, examining plants, and collecting seashells
and insects? Join educators worldwide in celebrating Darwin Day
on February 12
—the anniversary of Darwin’s
birthday—and let his story inspire your students to study
science. For a detailed description of Darwin’s life and
work, access http://www.aboutdarwin.com
This website has an extensive database of links to education websites
related to Darwin and his work. See also http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin
which offers an educators guide and links to evolution websites.
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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