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High School Edition

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Force and Motion: New Teaching Strategies. 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 at left.


Physics is a high school subject, so the tendency is to think that your students are too young to understand the concepts of physics. But if your students can learn and understand that there are connections between the biological and physical worlds, such as studying animals and their connection to energy and motion, they will be better prepared to deal with the abstract concepts presented in high school. Kids love to work with things that move, and they love to move too. Those two realities are enough to get them started learning about force and motion. We've packed this issue with ideas on how to make the gears start turning in your students' heads. Get moving!


NSTA Articles on Force and Motion

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some ideas for force and motion.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the list of NSTA Catalog books on force and motion:


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


Professional Development

Effective professional development is seen as increasingly vital to school success and teacher satisfaction. With schools today facing an array of complex challenges—from working with an increasingly diverse population of students, to integrating new technology in the classroom, to meeting rigorous academic standards and goals—observers have stressed the need for teachers to be able to enhance and build on their instructional knowledge. (Education Week on the Web)

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NSTA Opportunities

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12

The NSTA/Children's Book Council Joint Book Review Panel selected the outstanding trade books of 2003.

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Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of Science & Children

You told us that you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of Science and Children in July.

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How to Write for Science & Children

Interested in becoming a published author but not quite sure how to go about it? Writing for one of NSTA's peer-reviewed journals is a great way to share your experience with your colleagues and to enhance your resume at the same time.

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Join the NSTA Book Club

Plan now to make the NSTA Book Club part of your spring lessons. The theme
for the month of April is Patterns in Nature. To see the list of suggested
books and activities, go to http://www.nsta.org/bookclub. Submit your teaching
ideas and win!

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme:

Project-based Learning Experiences

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