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Elementary Edition

High School Edition

In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class will focus on The Great Outdoors. 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 elementary and high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.


Children love to spend time outdoors—especially during school hours. Spending time out of doors can be as simple as going out on the school grounds or as complex as a carefully planned field trip to a nature center. Some teachers even bring the great outdoors into their classrooms by demonstrating how a tornado forms or by having their students study acorns. This issue is full of ideas on ways you can celebrate Earth Science Week 2003 (October 12–18). Happy wandering!

The Great Outdoors in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

The environment is the perfect venue for science educators to learn more about their field and new teaching strategies. Learn more about how you can enhance your role as a science educator by reading an article from the Portsmouth Herald that discusses the Coastal Connections program, an environmental education experience designed specifically for grades four through six.

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The Great Outdoors on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Tame a Tornado." 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 "Tame a Tornado" is:

Tornadoes: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511101033

NSTA Articles on the Great Outdoors

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

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Books on the Great Outdoors

Click here to view a list of books that discuss the great outdoors:


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


Professional Development

As the school year really gets under way, teachers often become overwhelmed with keeping up with what goes on in their classroom. Dealing with 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.

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NSTA Opportunities

Court TV and NSTA

New forensic science units are now available online, and they are FREE! Developed by Court TV in cooperation with NSTA, these units can help you bring this hot topic into your classroom today.

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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 Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-10/scope.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Epidemic Science

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