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NSTA celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/publisher60.pdf

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Our Evolving Earth. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. To view the middle level and high school editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/member_elementary.htm.


Studying the history of the Earth and its life, especially as recorded in the Earth itself, is geology. The more we learn about the Earth's composition and its evolution the better we come to understand how we are connected to the rest of the universe. Geology also helps to connect and to make sense of life and physical sciences. Yet, all too often, it is associated with the dry, dusty naming of rocks. In this issue, find new ways to pique your students' interest in our planet and what it can teach us.

Our Evolving Earth in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

The variety of Earth science stories in the news ranges from such topics as the Earth's renewable resources to how craters are linked to a mass extinction. Another article discusses how people are failing to recognize the potential dangers involved when various environmental sites are affected by large scale and rapid changes.

Click here to read more:


Our Evolving Earth on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members read "Digging the Past." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from this issue is:

Dynamic Earth: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562111221044

NSTA Articles on Our Evolving Earth

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some fresh ideas on teaching geology to your elementary students.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—Our Evolving Earth. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

"Does anyone worry these days about teachers’ aspirations—their professional dreams and expectations for themselves?" Read "Teachers of Ambition, " James M. Banner, Jr.'s piece in Education Weekly.


Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force

NSTA President Anne Tweed has established the International Task Force, led by Dr. Michael Padilla, President elect. It is the charge of the task force to investigate and recommend a strategic plan in support of an enhanced international role for NSTA.

To learn more, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-10/international.htm

Spaced Out Project

If the Sun was about the size of the famous Lovell radio dish at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England (diameter 76m), Pluto would be in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Neptune in Armagh, Ireland. Read about how schools in the United Kingdom participate in the Spaced Out project, which aims to create one of the world's largest scale models of the Solar System.


NSTA Opportunities

Dive into the NSTA Online Book Club

The NSTA Online Book Club this month features trade books and activities about the science of water. Log on to the Book Club forum and you could be a winner! Gift certificates to the NSTA Science Store will be awarded to the teachers who submit the most interesting posts. Visit http://www.nsta.org/bookclub for more details.

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science and Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Recognizing Outstanding Teachers

NSTA administers several awards that recognize the professional efforts of science teachers and educators. Click here to read more about them:


Next Month's Theme:

Writing to Learn Science

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