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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 middle level edition will focus on Student Made—Making Models and More. The theme will continue to 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.


Students can learn abstract concepts in several different ways, but teachers who want to make their lessons more exciting often turn to hands-on activities. Involving students in building projects is one approach to helping students learn difficult concepts in a fun and easy way.

In this issue of Science Class, you will find several resources—news and journal articles, books, and websites—to help you plan creative lesson plans that will enable your students to build or make models while learning the science they need to succeed.

Making Models in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Encouraging middle school students to build things can be fun and educational. Learn how several middle level teachers in Michigan recently taught their students lessons in science and math while allowing them to build their own futuristic models of cities.

Click here to read the latest:


Making Models 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.

Using Models: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510441033

Making Models 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 making models.

From this month's Science Scope issue: http://www.nsta.org/middleschool

From the Science Scope archives: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/middle.htm

Books on Making Models

Check out these titles from NSTA Recommends:


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:

Science Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-04/scope.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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