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Middle Level Edition

High School Edition

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class will focus on Science & Literature Connections. This 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.


As an elementary teacher, you often have to teach all things to all students. Why not have the memorable characters in today's popular stories help you bring science to life? Many teachers find that teaching science through the use of children's literature is an effective way to lead students to enduring understandings of important science concepts. This issue presents many ideas for interdisciplinary lessons involving science and literature. Read on!

Science & Literature in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Teachers learn how to connect science and literature in creative ways through the use of furry creatures.

Click here to read the article in The Tennessean:


Science & Literature on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members read "Harry Potter and the Dichotomous Key." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for selected keywords. The keyword from "Harry Potter and the Dichotomous Key" is:

Classification: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562111101033

NSTA Articles on Science & Literature

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some ideas using science and literature connections.

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Books on Science & Literature

Click here to view the list of books dealing with science and literature:


Click here to view the list of new books from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

As your school year really gets under way, you may become overwhelmed with keeping up with what goes on in your classroom. Dealing with your own professional development issues can take a back seat to more pressing demands. New teachers may even wonder exactly what professional development is and what it means to them. In The Lingo of Learning, Alan Colburn defines professional development and professional development schools.

Click here to read the excerpt on professional development:


Click here to read the excerpt on professional development schools:


NSTA Opportunities

Check the NSTA Calendar Before You Mark Your Own

This month we show you how to get the most from the NSTA online calendar.

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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/2003-10/sc.htm

NSTA Book Club

The NSTA book club is the perfect complement to lessons about seasons, life cycles, or plants. This month’s book club meeting features writing prompts, activities, discussions, giveaways, and the opportunity to chat with Pumpkin
author George Levenson online. Full details are available at http://www.nsta.org/bookclub.

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