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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Exploring Weather. 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 editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.


Because weather involves chemistry, physics, geology, and biology, it serves as a wonderful way to integrate various science disciplines. By teaching about the weather, you have the opportunity to show your students how the Earth is unique. They get a chance to understand the bigger picture of how Earth systems work. This issue can help you plan activities and lessons to work the weather into your curriculum. No matter where you live, the weather affects your daily life, allowing you many different opportunities to bring the weather indoors and into your classroom.

Exploring Weather in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Program Places Weather Stations in 2 Schools (The Charlotte Observer)

A partnership between the National Weather Service and the American Weather Service results in a new program that enables students to monitor the weather through reporting stations in the classroom.

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Exploring Weather on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science & Children, NSTA members read "S'COOL Science" 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 for this issue is:

Clouds and Fog: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621105510441011

NSTA Article on Exploring Weather

The suggestions in this Teaching with Tradebooks article, "Weather Watchers (May 2003) will help you use tradebooks to enhance a unit about weather. Activities for students in grades K-3 and 4-6 are provided.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the NSTA Catalog books on exploring weather:


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


Professional Development

How to Kick Strategic Planning Addiction:

In his recent article from Phi Delta Kappan, "Tipping Point: From Feckless Reform to Substantive Instructional Improvement," Mike Schmoker points out that although we already know the best way to improve instruction, we persist in pursuing strategies that have repeatedly failed. He urges us to break free of our addiction to strategic planning and large-scale reform. (Public Education Network)

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NSTA Opportunities

Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of Science & Children

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

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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:


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