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 Are Plants Classified?: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=818122334433
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
The articles in the NSTA journal archives demonstrate many ways
to teach your students about plants.
Click here to learn more:
To read about Plants in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-05/books_middle.htm.
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit
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 NSDL.
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
To read more, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/12/nmaths12.xml.
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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The Association of Education Publishers has announced finalists
in its 2007 Distinguished Achievement Awards program. In light 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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