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Middle Level Edition

High School Edition

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class will focus on Real Data Explorations. Each theme will be supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level and high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.


If you have ever taught your students science with plant specimens collected from a garden or by using the results from a geological study found on the Internet, you know that numerous possibilities exist for you to use real data in the classroom.

Both you and your students benefit when real data are used in the classroom. You enrich your existing curriculum and provide creative lesson plans to motivate and educate your students. Students, meanwhile, learn to connect the data to what they know about the real world.

Real Data Explorations in the News

Finding ways to teach lessons that use real data in the classroom can be challenge. Read an article from the BBC News that describes a program where students use technology to gather data from the outdoors to learn about ecology.

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Click here to read the latest:


Real Data Explorations on the Net

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for selected keywords. In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members read "Real Earthquakes, Real Learning." The link to that article is:


The keyword from that article is:

Earthquakes: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110991033

NSTA Articles on Real Data

The following NSTA journal articles provides you with some ideas using real data.

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Books on Real Data

Click here to view the list of books dealing with Real Data:


Professional Development

The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), Steven Institute of Technology, offers this month's column on the professional development benefits of using real data explorations.

Click here to read more:


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

NSTA members want to read about your teaching experiences. To find out more, visit:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-09/sc.htm

Join the NSTA Book Club

Our fall theme is books about harvest and the science of fall. For full details, visit http://www.nsta.org/bookclub.

Next Month's Theme:

Science and Literature Connections

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