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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Nobel 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.


Understatement: Winning a Nobel Prize in science is no easy task. But it can be a life-changing honor. Scientists who are awarded the Nobel Prize receive worldwide recognition, plus funds to carry on their work. In 1896, Alfred B. Nobel, a Swedish chemist and engineer, left nine million dollars in his will to establish the Nobel Prizes. The prizes are awarded annually without regard to nationality in six areas including chemistry and physics. They are awarded to "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." This year's winners will receive their prizes on December 10.

Encourage your students to be the best and brightest by checking out the following resources! Enjoy!

Nobel Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Whether it's discovering how materials enter or leave cells in the body or helping to explain strange behavior in matter, scientists never know what kind of research will result in a Nobel prize. Read two articles from MSNBC and Scientific American that explain these discoveries and the scientists behind them.

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Nobel Science 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:

Scientists' Biographies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511221033

For a complete list of previous winners as well as a history on the Nobel prizes, click here:


NSTA Article on Nobel Science

In "From Galileo to Snowflake Bentley," the authors create new possibilities for using award-winning literature to teach science. Paired texts, or two texts that are related conceptually, are used to integrate science and literacy standards. Literature clusters that address inquiry, biographies of scientists, and commentary about being a scientist are suggested.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the list of 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 Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-12/scope.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Interdisciplinary Science

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