Science Class April 2002

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Welcome to Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science Class features a curriculum topic that is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks," NSTA journal articles (sorted by grade level), books, and more. In addition, every issue includes a column on professional development, as well as NSTA news highlights. We hope you enjoy this new product from NSTA. Make sure to let us know how you like it and how we can make it better.


Energy. It cooks our food, heats our homes, lights our streets, and powers our automobiles. It also promises to be one of the most complex and challenging issues of the 21st century—crucial to both our nation's and our planet's prosperity. That said, this issue of Science Class will help you tackle key energy-related questions with your students. These questions include: What is energy? How is it harnessed for domestic and commercial use? What are the costs (e.g., environmental) of various energy production methods, and what strategies exist for producing and consuming energy more efficiently?

These are tough questions, but questions worthy of classroom inquiry — at all grade levels. We hope the resources provided below help you bring this important topic to life for your students.

Energy in the News

(Article summaries provided by the NSTA Web News Department)

Three recent news articles explore promising sources of “clean” energy: wind, hydrogen, and believe it or not, bacteria from the ocean floor. You may want to use these articles to discuss with students the growing demand for alternative energy supplies, as well as the feasibility of such approaches.

Read the latest news stories.

Energy on the Net

SciLinks is an innovative new initiative that brings the pages of science textbooks to life by linking them to the vast resources of the Internet. To learn more about SciLinks, take a tour today. These grade-appropriate links will help you use the Internet as you discuss Energy with your students.



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Energy-Related NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide

you  with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to energy.



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Books on Energy

Check out these titles from NSTA Press.

Professional Development

Why is Professional Development important? Research has shown that the single most important factor in student achievement is a qualified teacher with extensive content knowledge and a solid understanding of how students learn.

According to the American Educational Research Association, the six aspects of science teachers' professional development that emerged as extremely important in affecting teacher learning are: form, duration, collective participation, content, active learning, and coherence.

Click here to learn more.

If you are interested in Professional Development from NSTA, click here.

NSTA Highlights

NSTA, CBC Publish List of Top Science Trade Books for K-12 Students:

Mississippi Teacher Wins Shell Science Teaching Award:

NSTA Unveils New Online Suppliers Guide:

NSTA Member Poll

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