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Elementary Edition

High School Edition

In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Epidemic Science. This theme is 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.


Although a topic such as bioterrorism might be a tough subject to tackle, curriculum experts note such topics can give educators a fresh opportunity to teach fundamental biology concepts. The discussion of such issues can also help students prepare for real-world situations that might pose a threat. In this issue of Science Class, you will find many resources to help you prepare for teaching in today's challenging times.

Epidemic Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

The science classroom is becoming a venue for a new topic—bioterrorism. Read an article from Education Week that discusses the need for you to teach on this subject.

Click here to read more (Requires free registration):


Epidemic Science on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Outbreak Investigations." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from "Outbreak Investigations" is:

Infectious Diseases: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511111033

NSTA Articles on Epidemic Science

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

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Books, Books, Books

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


Professional Development

Creating equitable conditions in which every child can succeed is the goal of good educators. These equity materials from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse can help teachers and administrators acknowledge children's diverse strengths, identify inequities, and improve the ways they serve students with varied needs.

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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.

Click here to view the units:


Be Active in NSTA: Join a Committee!

Your NSTA membership can mean so much more than reading journals and attending conventions. Why not help shape your professional organization by volunteering to serve on an NSTA committee?

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An Online WebNews Survey

NSTA WebNews Service wants to know if they are giving you the news you need the way you want it. Take this brief online survey and tell them what you think.

Click here to complete the survey:


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/2003-11/scope.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Nobel Science

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