Instilling today's elementary students with an understanding of
how important it is for everyone to work toward protecting the Earth's
environment can be fun, yet challenging. Science teachers might
have difficulty teaching this broad subject because many news stories
and lesson plans veer away from the science and focus instead on
emotional issues surrounding our responsibility to preserve the
environment. You may find yourself wondering which teaching methods
will both inform your students about the environment and inspire
them to nurture it. In this issue of Science Class, teachers
and their students can learn more about this topic through news
and journal articles, websites, books, and other resources. By emphasizing
the science of environmental conservation to students, teachers
can help create a new generation of environmental stewards.
Education 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 various programs and
resources to connect teachers and students to the environment.
to read more.
Education on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "A WebQuest for Spatial Skills"
For the complete Science and Children April/May 2007 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53649.
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 Environmental Education
These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss how important
it is for everyone to care for and about the environment.
Click here to read more:
To read about Environmental Education in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-04/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,
NSTA Web Seminars are 90-minute, live professional
development experiences that use online learning technologies
to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts,
NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists
from NSTA government partners such as NASA, NOAA, FDA, and the
The following Web Seminars are scheduled for April:
Teach Engineering: April 10, 2007
Energy: Stop Faking It!: April 12, 2007
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?: April
Food Safety and Nutrition: April 26, 2007
Seeking an Edge, Asian Teachers Visit American
A recent Washington Post article details what science
teachers from Singapore hope to gain from their visit to a magnet
school in Virginia. The article quotes George Wolfe, director
of the two-year-old public school, who asks, "How do you
measure excitement? How do you measure creativity? There's so
much publicity about Americans not scoring well on tests, but
few people ask the question: Then why are we producing so much
innovation from our scientists?"
To read the article, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/18/AR2007031801160.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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