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Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators, celebrates its one-year anniversary with this issue. Thank you to all of our readers for making our first year so successful. Science Class now reaches over 100,000 science educators every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our readers—has been invaluable. To kick off our second year of "publication," we have incorporated many of your suggestions for improvement.

Every month, Science Class will continue to feature curriculum topics, but those topics will be tailored to match the focus of NSTA's K–12 journals. In this issue, the high school edition will focus on Inquiry-Based Activities. Each theme will be supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," books, and NSTA journal articles.

We hope you enjoy the changes we've made to Science Class. Please continue to let us know via our Feedback link how you like the newsletter and how we can make it better for you.


Inquiry and problem solving are central to the standards-based teaching of science. However, the art of encouraging students to take ownership of material and become problem solvers is not always a simple task. Science educators may find themselves asking such questions as: What does inquiry really mean; where can I find inquiry-related activities; and how can I implement those lessons into my curriculum to meet state and national science standards?

High school science educators will find a wide array of resources—news and journal articles, books, and websites—in this issue of Science Class to help answer those questions. Read on and learn how you can use inquiry in your science classroom!

Inquiry in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Inquiry can take many forms in the science classroom. Read how teachers across the country are using inquiry to ask trivia questions at science bowls and in hands-on activities to teach students about energy conservation.

Click here to read the latest:


Inquiry 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.

Natural Resources: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910441033

Inquiry 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 inquiry-based activities.

From The Science Teacher archives: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/high_school.htm

Books on Inquiry

Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:


Inquiry-Based Activities in April's The Science Teacher

Have you checked your content lately? At the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, scientists shared some of their research. For updates on cell biology, bacteria classification, and everybody's favorite phenylthiocarbamide (PTC)-tasting lab, check out: http://www.nsta.org/sciconnect.

(Please note that you must have an NSTA membership number to access this link.)

Professional Development

The U.S. Department of Education publishes a report of Exemplary and Promising Science Programs. Each description includes a general overview, a discussion of related professional development, program costs, a description of program quality, evidence of the program's effectiveness and success, the program's educational significance and usefulness to others, and ordering and contact information. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse brings you that report.

Click here to learn more:

Exemplary and Promising Science Programs 2001 Part 1 (PDF version)


Exemplary and Promising Science Programs 2001 Part 2 (PDF version)


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

To learn more, visit:

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/tst.htm

Meet Author Lynne Cherry!

The award-winning author of The Great Kapok Tree will answer your questions throughout the month of April. Lynne Cherry's book is aimed at elementary students, but readers of all grade levels are invited to join the discussion.

Click here to join the discussion:


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