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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Astronomy. This theme is 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.


When students get excited about a topic like meteors, it's easier for them to see that science is connected to their lives. By integrating astronomy into the curriculum, you teach children that it is more than just the stars in the sky. It opens up the opportunity to shape their understanding of the universe they live in. This may sound like a very broad topic to tackle in elementary school, but studies have shown that many of children's science misconceptions focus on the Earth and its relation to the rest of the universe. Many of those misconceptions take root in the early years. Don't despair—this issue of Science Class is full of resources, ideas, and news to help you prepare your students to look to the skies and to get a clear picture of what's out there.

Astronomy in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Astronomers have made amazing discoveries in recent months. Read various articles from The Washington Times and New Scientist.com that discuss how scientists have found the first dark galaxy and dated the universe's "cosmic" jerk, and are working on a new observatory in the Chilean Andes.


Astronomy on the Net

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 for this month is:

Astronomy: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562111221033

Astronomy with a Stick provides online activities for you to use in your classroom. To learn more, click here:


NSTA Articles on Astronomy

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some ideas on how to bring the study of astronomy into your classroom.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view Universe at Your Fingertips, Grades K12

With 800 pages of activities, this enormous collection has sky-high ambitions with down-to-earth activities. Compiled as a result of the Project ASTRO teacher training program, these ready-to-use activities help students discover astronomy for themselves. Conveniently designed in a loose-leaf format, the notebook also gives you reproducibles, updated resource listings, and a guide to reliable (yes, reliable) astronomy information on the Internet.

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Click here to view the new books from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is in its second year. As the most ambitious federal effort to raise achievement in public schools in decades, it is one of the most complicated education laws passed by Congress. Consequently, many myths and misperceptions surround NCLB. Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews outlines ten frequently heard myths about the law.

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NSTA Opportunities

'Tis the Season to Shop

As holiday shopping kicks into high gear, don’t forget about the science teacher on your gift list, even if it
means shopping for yourself!

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Online Career Center

Are you looking for a challenging new job or career change? Or do you want to hire the most qualified science teacher? NSTA’s Career Center has the resources you need to successfully accomplish all your career-related goals.

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Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-12/sc.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Science and Mathematics Integration

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