Many students today do not spend their free time playing and exploring
outdoors, so they may not be developing the strong connections to
the world around them that are critical in helping them become stewards
of the environment. Read this issue to see how some of your colleagues
are encouraging their students to care about the Earth and inspiring
their interest in how they can help preserve its many delicate webs
& Ecosystems in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this issue discuss the connection between
populations and ecosystems.
to learn more.
& Ecosystems on the Web
In this month's middle-level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "They're M-e-e-e-lting—An Investigation
of Glacial Retreat in Antarctica." at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=53155.
For the complete Science Scope January 2007 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=53156.
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
Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655101110771011
Journal Articles on Populations &
Read these articles from the NSTA journal archives for ideas on
how your students can examine the impact that changes to an ecosystem
Click here to learn more:
To read about Populations & Ecosystems in NSTA Press® and
NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-01/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,
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 practices internationally.
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
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.
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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