Transforming students into critical thinkers involves teaching
them about the connections among the subjects they are learning.
If they understand that what they are studying has a context and
a connection to other subjects, learning should make more sense
to them. Science can be integrated with many other subjects in very
natural ways: Science and art, science and music, science and math,
science and social studies—the list continues. In this issue,
you'll read about how teachers are using creative ways to make these
important connections with their students.
Integration in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this issue provide examples of how science
can be integrated with other disciplines.
to read more.
Integration on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, and Whistle"
For the complete Science and Children February 2007 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53305.
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
Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621102210771011
Journal Articles on Creative Integration
These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss many ways
that other subjects can be integrated with science lessons for effective
Click here to read more:
To read about Creative Integration in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/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,
Science in the 21st Century: Part 6 in a Series from NSTA
The sixth installment in NSTA Reports’
series is titled “Virtual Professional Development: The
Good, the Bad, and the Future”. Written by Karen J. Charles
and Jane E. Griffin, the piece begins, “Improving science
programs for students means improving professional development
for their teachers. As curriculum materials and instructional
programs evolve, educators need to know how to use new textbooks
and materials based on inquiry and on cognitive research. They
also need to know how to establish collaborative learning environments
in which teachers can learn and grow while studying these new
materials (Nelson 2006). What does this mean for professional
development? What are the new tools and strategies that can meet
the demands of a new workforce, one raised on 24/7 access to technology,
to information, and to peers? Most of us are familiar with the
term “online professional development,” but we would
say that our experiences with it have been less than satisfactory.
This series offers opinion pieces by many of the
leaders in science education today. To read the sixth installment,
To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired
the series, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.
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
Expert: Don't Forget Fluency
In an interview with eSchool News, noted
reading expert Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning, says 100%
reading proficiency for all students is the key to global competitiveness—and
"the only way to do that is through technology." To
read more, visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6813.
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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