January 2003


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Welcome to Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science Class features a curriculum topic–in this issue, Environment & Ecosystems–that is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," books, and NSTA journal articles, sorted by grade range.

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Instilling today's students with a sense of stewardship toward the Earth's environment can be fun yet challenging. Science teachers might have difficulty teaching this broad subject because many news stories and lesson plans stray away from the science and delve into sentiment regarding our responsibility to preserving the Earth's environment. You may find yourself asking: What teaching methods will inform my students while inspiring them at the same time?

In this month's issue of Science Class, you can help your students learn about the Environment and its Ecosystems—communities of organisms and the environments in which they function. In recent months, scientists have made several discoveries regarding the Earth's ecosystems. For instance, researchers recently learned that Lake Vida, located in Antarctica, contains the thickest nonglacial lake ice cover on Earth and houses centuries-old bacteria that may help in the hunt for evidence of life on other planets. Scientists have also found that projected increases in rainfall resulting from global climate changes have significant impacts on ecosystems.

Scientists aren't the only ones who can make discoveries about the environment and its ecosystems. In this issue of Science Class, teachers and their students can learn more about this topic through news and journal articles, websites, books, and other resources. By sharing the importance of protecting the environment with their students, teachers can help create a new generation of environmental stewards.

Environment & Ecosystems in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Tomorrow's environmental protectors are in today's classroom. Help them learn about the Earth's environment and its ecosystems with these timely news stories.

Click here for the latest news stories.


Environment & Ecosystems on the Net

SciLinks® is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course materials (certain textbooks, NSTA books, and journal articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics.

Elementary: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110111033

Intermediate: Populations, Communities, Ecosystems http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510111033

High School:  Pollution http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910111033

Environment & Ecosystems in NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to the Earth's environment and ecosystems.

Elementary: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/elementary.htm

Intermediate: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/intermediate2.htm

High School: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/high_school.htm

Books on the Environment & Ecosystems

Check out these titles from NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends:


Special Announcement

If you are used to looking here for our NSTA Highlights, they have moved to NSTA Express—the new weekly electronic communication that will keep you up to date on the latest happenings at NSTA. Science Class will still come to you every month, with each issue focusing on a science education topic. We will provide the news articles, SciLinks, NSTA journal articles, and books that you have come to expect. And as Science Class approaches its one-year anniversary, look for exciting new features to be added.

Professional Development

Did you ever wonder who the learner is in "learner-centered education?" Is it the teacher or is it the student? The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse clarifies this often-used phrase as it helps teachers to continue their own professional development plans.

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NSTA Opportunities

NSTA's Science Store is New and Improved for the New Year 2003

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Write for NSTA's Journals
To learn more, click on the link for the journal of your choice:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/sc.htm

Science Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/scope.htm

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-01/tst.htm

Meet Award-Winning Author Sally Walker Online

The author of Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth will be available to answer your questions
about her book throughout the month of January. This amazing fish story is a wonderful illustration of the process of scientific discovery for young readers.


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