Students study plants throughout their school careers. Elementary
students explore seeds and how plants grow; middle school students
focus on cells; and high school students continue their studies
in biology. Plants are a major group of living things including
familiar organisms, such as trees, flowers, herbs, bushes, grasses,
vines, ferns, and mosses. Nearly as many ideas exist for how to
teach your students about plants as there are plant species (about
350,000 species are estimated to exist). This issue of Science
Class has combined news articles, web resources, archived journal
articles, and books to present you with some fresh ideas.
in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this month’s theme discuss various
discoveries made about plant behavior.
to read more.
on the Web
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
How Do Plants Grow?: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110551077
The PLANTS Database, provided by the United States
Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service,
offers standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses,
liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the United States and its
territories. The database also allows for a search of plants available
in each state. To learn more, visit http://plants.usda.gov.
The NSTA Calendar lists the following workshops,
grants, and awards relating to plants. To access this information,
and enter the item into the Search Event.
- Hooked on Hydroponics Grant Awards
- Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program Project Orange
Thumb Grants Garden Crusader Award Contest
- Missouri Botanical Garden's Summer Workshops for Teachers Junior
Master Gardener Training From the Massachusetts Horticultural
- National Gardening Association's Healthy Sprouts Awards
- 2007 Organic School Garden Awards
- Youth Garden Grants Program
- Wild Oats Gardening With Kids Grants
- National Gardening Association's "Remember Me" Rose
School Garden Award
Journal Articles on Plants
From photosynthesis to collard greens to pollution, the NSTA archives
contain many articles that can help you teach your students about
Click here to read more:
To read about Plants in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-05/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,
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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
To view the complete list of Web Seminars scheduled
for May and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
Pay Pupils to Take Science and Maths
The Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE)
is calling for the government to act on the falling numbers of
students choosing to study science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM) subjects at A-level. Richard Brown, chief executive
of the CIHE, said: "The future lies in knowledge-intensive
businesses: pharmaceuticals, IT, financial services, manufacturing.
They rely on STEM graduates and post-graduates. It is really important
that we have a supply chain that is going to produce the numbers."
The report, published by the CIHE and IT consultancy LogicaCMG,
says the government should not rule out financial incentives for
passing STEM A-levels, or government bursaries for STEM students.
To read more, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/12/nmaths12.xml.
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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of the high level of competition for these awards, being a finalist
is a worthy achievement. Winners will be announced in June.
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