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Elementary Edition

High School Edition

In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class will focus on Inquiry: Start Off on the Right Foot. 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 elementary and high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.


Many possibilities exist for you to involve your students in inquiry-based science. Inquiry-based learning is mandated by the National Science Standards. It's important, however, to establish the right atmosphere for such learning. Once the proper atmosphere is established for inquiry-based learning, you will be able to engage your students in a hands-on project or test their problem-solving skills.

Inquiry in the News

Inquiry is not just something to consider when creating and choosing lesson plans; it's also important to think about when establishing a safe learning environment for your students. The following two articles from The Tennessean and District Administration magazine offer insights into inquiry-based science.

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Click here to read the latest:


Inquiry on the Net

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for selected keywords. In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Light Students' Interest in the Nature of Science." The link to that article is:


The keyword from that article is:

Science as Inquiry: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510991033

NSTA Articles on Inquiry

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to inquiry.

Click here to read more:


Books on Inquiry

Click here to view a list of books that discuss inquiry:


Professional Development

As another school year begins, we are mindful that teachers are struggling with countless challenges. For many, the greatest challenge stems from the No Child Left Behind Act. The August issue of Education Week discusses the particulars of the act and what they mean to you.

To learn more, click here:


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

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

Science Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-09/scope.htm

Next Month's Theme:

The Great Outdoors

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