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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 middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Body of Knowledge. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. To view the elementary 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_middle.htm.


Most state and national standards include some mention of anatomy at the middle school level. That usually means students begin to study the human body in seventh grade. Middle school students are keenly aware of their own bodies and the changes they are going through at this age. Capitalize on your students' inherent curiosity by teaching them about the human body and what scientists now know about it.

Body of Knowledge in the News

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

This month's news stories will enable you to learn about the latest scientific work being performed to improve the human body. Two articles explain new research to prevent muscle fatigue and how an Olympic athlete tries to defy scientific expectations. A third article discusses how scientists plan to use a gene technique to prevent people from becoming blind.

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Body of Knowledge on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "A Chance To Be like Lance." 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:

Body Systems: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511221044

NSTA Articles on Body of Knowledge

The following NSTA journal articles provide you fresh ideas on teaching your middle school students about the human body.

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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—Body of Knowledge. 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

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read 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:

History and Nature of Science

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