Energy. It cooks our food, heats our homes, lights our streets,
and powers our automobiles. As evidenced by recent headlines, it
is also one of the most complex and challenging issues of the 21st
century—crucial to both our nation’s and our planet’s prosperity.
In her March 2007 Editor's Note in Science and Children,
Field Editor Chris Ohana explains, "It is easy to see why we
don’t teach much about energy in elementary years. Energy
is a difficult topic to conceptualize. It isn’t like matter—you
can’t sink your teeth into it. Students can’t hold it
and see it. But I would argue that students can contemplate and
generalize about energy. What first grader hasn’t heard, 'My,
you certainly have a lot of energy today' from some frustrated,
amused, maybe envious adult? And the first grader knows what it
This issue of Science Class will help you address key energy-related
questions with your students.
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 various forms
of energy and related topics.
to read more.
on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Spring into Energy" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53506.
For the complete Science and Children March 2007 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53530.
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
In January, Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA Press Stop Faking
It series, presented a Web Seminar on Energy. To learn more
about the Web Seminar and to view a recording of the session, visit
Journal Articles on Energy
These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss how to teach
energy to elementary students.
Click here to read more:
To read about Energy in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/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 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
Teachers Hobble Science Studies
A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald
reports "An aging workforce and rapid advances in technology
could have a serious impact on the quality of science teaching,
an analysis commissioned by the [Australian] Federal Government
warns. The study concludes: 'It is probable that a significant
proportion of science teachers may be out of touch with contemporary
science and also lack the skills to change their teaching to meet
Click here to read more: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outoftouch-teachers-hobble-science-studies/2007/03/04/1172943275712.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. 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
Science and Children (grades preK5)
has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here
to find out more:
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