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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Energy. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Energy. It cooks our food, heats our homes, lights our streets, and powers our automobiles. As evidenced by recent headlines, it is also one of the most complex and challenging issues of the 21st century—crucial to both our nation’s and our planet’s prosperity. In her March 2007 Editor's Note in Science and Children, Field Editor Chris Ohana explains, "It is easy to see why we don’t teach much about energy in elementary years. Energy is a difficult topic to conceptualize. It isn’t like matter—you can’t sink your teeth into it. Students can’t hold it and see it. But I would argue that students can contemplate and generalize about energy. What first grader hasn’t heard, 'My, you certainly have a lot of energy today' from some frustrated, amused, maybe envious adult? And the first grader knows what it means.'"

This issue of Science Class will help you address key energy-related questions with your students.

Energy in the News

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

Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss various forms of energy and related topics.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/news_stories_elementary.htm to read more.

Energy on the Web

In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Spring into Energy" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53506. For the complete Science and Children March 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=53530.

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

Energy: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110331010771011

In January, Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA Press Stop Faking It series, presented a Web Seminar on Energy. To learn more about the Web Seminar and to view a recording of the session, visit http://institute.nsta.org/fall06/energy/webseminarI.asp.

NSTA Journal Articles on Energy

These articles from the NSTA journal archives discuss how to teach energy to elementary students.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Energy in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:

Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Living and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented by NOAA
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Visit http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp for registration information.

Global Science Teaching

Out-of-Touch Teachers Hobble Science Studies

A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald reports "An aging workforce and rapid advances in technology could have a serious impact on the quality of science teaching, an analysis commissioned by the [Australian] Federal Government warns. The study concludes: 'It is probable that a significant proportion of science teachers may be out of touch with contemporary science and also lack the skills to change their teaching to meet new challenges.'"

Click here to read more: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outoftouch-teachers-hobble-science-studies/2007/03/04/1172943275712.html

NSTA Opportunities

The Early Years

Science 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 publications.

Call for Papers

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


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