August 2002

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 service from NSTA. Make sure to let us know via our Feedback link how you like the newsletter—and how we can make it better.

Science and Other Disciplines

As teachers of science, you probably don’t need any convincing that science is a fascinating and important discipline in and of itself. But increasingly, educators are recognizing that science is a wonderful vehicle through which other subjects can be taught, including reading, writing, literature, math, history, social studies, and art. And in this era of high-stakes testing, combining science with other disciplines (particularly reading and math) is also a great way to ensure that science doesn’t get squeezed out of the curriculum.

As you get ready to start the new school year, this issue of Science Class features a range of educational resources that you can use to make interdisciplinary connections in your classroom.

Interdisciplinary Connections in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

If you’re a news buff, you know that a natural interdisciplinary connection is science and social studies, because good scientific information is often needed to make informed public policy decisions. The three news stories highlighted in this issue illustrate how a strong grasp of science is crucial to formulating sound policies in the following areas: determining animal rights; protecting the nation against a smallpox attack; and figuring out what to do with nuclear waste.

Click here for the latest news stories.

Interdisciplinary Connections on the Net

SciLinks is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course materials (books and journal articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics. Members can search by keyword or phrase and receive a list of teacher-approved Internet resources.

Science teachers are always looking for ways to incorporate reading into their lesson plans. These SciLinks provide scientist biographies to make the interdisciplinary link a natural one.

Elementary: Ernest Shackleton

Intermediate: Alexander Graham Bell

High School:  William Ramsay

Interdisciplinary Connections in NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities that integrate science with other disciplines.



High School:

Books on Interdisciplinary Connections

Check out these titles from NSTA Press:

Professional Development

Looking to increase your science content knowledge? Then, check out the most recent issue of ENC Focus, a publication produced by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. Featuring more than a dozen educator-written articles, the issue highlights proven strategies that math and science teachers can use to keep current with their content specialties.

To read more, click here:


NSTA Highlights are provided by the NSTA WebNews Service. For additional NSTA Highlights, as well as the latest science and education news, visit

NSTA Wants Your PreK–6 Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans

Now…Members save 20% on NSTA Press Resources

NSTA members want the best in teaching resources at the lowest possible cost, so NSTA is pleased to announce that effective August 5, 2002, members will receive a 20% discount on the list price on all NSTA Press books.  Other publishers’ titles offered by NSTA will continue to be discounted to members at 10%. Browse and buy NSTA Press books and resources 24/7 at our online Science Store at

Join Your Colleagues at NSTA’s Fall Conventions

NSTA "WebWatchers" on the Lookout for Great Online Science Content

NSTA Seeks Candidates for Field Editor of Elementary Level Journals

Next Month's Theme:

Animal Behaviors

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